Additional details released in Maryland girl’s school shooting plot

Additional details released in Maryland girl's school shooting plot
Evidence seized in alleged Catoctin High plot

18-year-old Nicole Cevario was released from the hospital today and was arrested and held without bond for her alleged plot to attack Catoctin High School in Thurmont, Maryland.

Police have also released additional details from her journal, including the receipt for the shotgun she purchased. In Maryland, you only need to be 18 to purchase and own a shotgun, and there are no background checks. In short, the weapon was legally purchased. While I don’t believe that more gun control would prevent school shootings selling a shotgun to a high school student seems wrong in this day and age.

What’s even more disturbing than that, were the passages from her journal that were released. It seemed she really was set on being the first female school shooter…

“By definition, a school shooter has to be attending the school they target at the time of the attack, and I haven’t found a single woman who has fulfilled that criteria,” the passage reads in part, according to Nicole Ann Cevario’s charging documents. “Guess it’s meant to be me. Yes, I know it’s meant to be me. This is what I’m supposed to do. Maybe not with my life, but with my death.”

While she may have been the first female school shooter if she had succeeded, her reasoning seemed to be the same old song and dance of every other shooter and would-be shooter.

“… It just really hit me this afternoon,” Cevario wrote in one passage, according to the charging documents. “I realize [sic] I was going to die surrounded by people I hate in a building I hate.”

In my opinion, it seems that Cevario was just another in a long list of cretins who thought they were better than everyone else for whatever reason, and the only way to solve their own inadequacies was through violence. To put it bluntly, she’d be far from first on a list of cowardly losers.

Maryland girl wanted to be first female mass shooter

Maryland girl wanted to be first female mass shooter
Evidence seized in alleged Catoctin High plot

In a follow-up to my initial post on alleged school shooting plotter Nicole Cevario, more details have been released about her supposed motivation in wanting to attack Catoctin High School in Thurmont, Maryland.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office released details of Cevario’s journal, in which she reportedly said that she would be the first female mass shooter. In my previous post, I pondered if Cevario was a columbiner, which means someone who is a fan of school shootings. Back in the day, I used to call them mutants since they are a mutation of society, but the internet has dubbed them as columbiners which is a more press friendly word. As it turns out, she was more than likely a columbiner as she spoke of both Columbine and Sandy Hook in her journal, allegedly detailing the ‘mistakes’ those cowards made.

One ‘mistake’ she made was waiting until she was 18 before being arrested. In most of these cases it’s debated if the suspect should be tried as an adult. If found guilty she will probably be sentenced to a lengthy prison stay. My only worry is that she will go on to inspire other females to pick up where she was thwarted. As I’ve said before, females tend to be accomplices rather than shooters themselves. Here’s hoping we don’t start seeing a reversal in that trend.

18-year-old girl charged in Maryland school shooting plot

18-year-old girl charged in Maryland school shooting plot
Evidence seized in alleged Catoctin High plot

Back when this site was called TheTrenchcoat Chronicles, I would post about virtually every school shooting plot that resulted in criminal charges. I don’t do that anymore for a few reasons. The first is time. Since I focus on crimes other than school violence, I’m not afforded the time to post about every single one. Another reason is that I don’t want to give the attention that a lot of these kids are craving. Lastly, most of these plots never make it past what I call the ‘journal’ stage, meaning that they’ve written about it, but have yet to obtain any weapons. Recently, one such plotter was arrested for allegedly making it well past the journal stage.

Last week, police in Thurmont, Maryland, arrested 18-year-old Nicole Cevario for allegedly plotting an attack against Catoctin High School. I mention the journal because it was her father discovering a detailed journal that caused him to call police. Stop the presses and declare a national holiday because we have a parent here doing their actual job.

When police investigated the home they discovered a shotgun, ammunition and several ingredients used in making improvised explosive devices, such as pipes with end caps, nails, fireworks, magnesium tape and fuse materials. Cevario reportedly planned to carry out the attack on April 5th. The significance of that particular date is unknown at this time, but police have said that they believe that Cevario intended to end her life that day after committing the attack. Investigators have also said that they don’t believe bullying was an issue but no other motive has been discussed at this time. She is currently being held for a psychiatric evaluation. No word yet on if she is a columbiner, but I wouldn’t be surprised as columbiners tend to skew towards being female, in my experience.

This story is sort of an odd duck. While it’s not unheard of for a female student to help plan a school shooting, they’re usually either accessories with a co-conspirator, or they never make it past the journal or hit list stage. Not only is this the first time I can remember a solo female would-be school shooter, it’s also the first time I’ve seen a female have so many weapons collected all on her own. If not for her father, she may very well have been the first female school shooter in a very long time.

Again, what a thought, parents actually parenting and not living in a constant state of denial. It’s amazing how that works sometimes. It can literally save lives.
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Another case of “It can’t happen here.”

Another case of "It can't happen here."

Earlier this week, a 13-year-old girl was arrested for allegedly planning a school shooting against Tonkawa High School in Tonkawa, Oklahoma. I wasn’t really even going to post about this story because it’s unclear how close the suspect was to carrying out the attack. While reports say that she did have a hit list and her family did own guns it’s not exactly clear if she had unrestricted access to these guns or not. Not to mention the fact that females rarely ever carry out a school shooting. I’m not being sexist, those are just the statistics.

Having said that I did feel the need to post this story because the headline I was greeted with by KFOR was “You don’t think something like that’s going to happen.” That was a quote from another student at the school. As I have said many times in the past small towns like Tonkawa are exactly the places where school shootings can happen. Some of us can name the schools where the more violent shootings took place, but can you name the municipalities? I mean places like Nickel Mines, PA, Littleton, CO, Newtown, CT, Red Lake, MN, DeKalb, IL, and so on.

That’s not to say that every town in small town America is due for a school shooting, but we can’t have this attitude that any place is immune to such violence. If we continue to have that attitude we’ll continue to ignore the signs of imminent violence.
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Sheboygan schlub charged with school shooting plot

Sheboygan schlub charged with school shooting plot
Joshua Bagemehl

Normally, I don’t like to post the mug shots of school shooters and plotters anymore, because it gives them some of the attention that they’re usually craving. However in this case, I mean come on, just look at him. How could I not?

Anyway, Grimace up there is 21-year-old Joshua Bagemehl of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He’s been accused of allegedly plotting a school shooting in the Sheboygan area. No specific school was allegedly targeted, however Bagemehl would take to Facebook to rant about his idea

A Facebook post on December 10th read as follows: “So, I might be buying a AR-15 with a laser red dot on it and (expletive) semi-auto too .22 caliber. Just waiting on the background check.”

On December 11th, Bagemehl’s Facebook post reads as follows: “Someone needs to do a school shooting around here. It would be funny as (expletive).”

Then on December 12th, Bagemehl’s Facebook post reads as follows: “My AR-15 style rifle, my 715T Mossberg semi-auto rifle with 300 rounds with red dot laser sight.” The post was accompanied by two photos of the rifle in its open case.

Bagemehl also commented on a separate post with two photos of an assault rifle and said “Ima live by the gun, die by the gun, Ima die holding a gun” (sic).

Maybe background checks should include a check of social media, or at least a proper check of diction.

Not surprisingly, Bagemehl was fond of watching videos of Columbine, along with videos of ISIS beheading their victims. He claimed that the videos were stress relievers for him so he wouldn’t shoot people, and that they ‘never get old’.

Like most of these cretins he appears to have an over-inflated sense of self-worth…

When investigators interviewed Bagemehl, the criminal complaint says he “spontaneously stated ‘(expletive) are calling on me every time I post a gun on Facebook.’” The defendant stated “he didn’t care what ‘other’ people thought and that it would be ‘funny’ if someone did a school shooting in Sheboygan.”

According to police, Bagemehl’s mother had told them back in January that her son was schizophrenic and bipolar. He is said to have told police that he ‘might’ be off his medication.

Sadly, even with all he weapons and ammo police are said to have found he’s only looking at three years behind bars. I wonder if the defense will be that it was ‘just a joke’, or that he has Asperger’s.

I’ll post more on this as details become available, and as time allows.

Please stop saying it can’t happen here

Berkley, Mich.
Berkley, Mich.

Recently two teen girls from Berkley, Michigan, were arrested for allegedly plotting a Columbine-like attack at their middle school. While the girls supposedly had detailed plans of their attack they were not in possession of any weapons. Anymore this would not even be a blip on my radar except for this quote from a parent who has a child at the targeted school…

“Gosh, it’s kind of strange to think it could happen here. These things just don’t happen in Berkley. I am glad they were able to deal with it quickly,”

As I’ve said before there were a lot of towns that though it couldn’t happen there. Towns like Littleton, Red Lake, Newtown, Paducah and Jonesboro just to name a few. While these towns and cities are infamous now they’ve never been bustling metropolises.

I’m not saying that every small town is destined to have a school shooting but if you think it can’t happen where you live you’re just fooling yourself.

Convicted Marshfield plotter committed suicide

Marshfield High bombing plotter found dead in Quincy:

I thought long and hard about posting this story. I thought either way if I did or did not post anything about it someone would be offended so I decided to post anyway.

Starting in 2004 I posted about a school shooting plot that was set to take place at Marshfield High School in Marshfield, Massachusetts. Two kids were arrested. I thought one was guilty and one was innocent. Both were convicted and served their time. I thought and still think that Tobin Kerns was innocent. Conversely I thought and still think that Joe Nee was guilty. The weekend prior to the Thanksgiving holiday Joe Nee took his own life.

I’m not here to rehash history. Also I take no pleasure in Joe Nee’s death. What I’d like to do today is talk about suicide.

Suicide is a byproduct of mental illness. Believe me I know. In my youth I attempted suicide a number of times. If you’re having thought about harming or killing yourself it means you need help. No matter what anyone says there is no shame in reaching out for that help. After being suicide obsessed for so many years I reached out and I’m thankful that I did. Also if you think that no one is going to miss you that’s just not true. Your suicide will have negative impacts on friends and family members for years to come and they might never be the same. I wouldn’t want that and I know most of you wouldn’t either.

Again it can’t be said enough. There is no shame in seeking professional help for a mental health issue. It may be the difference between life and death, not only for you but those around you as well.

Lessons in journalism and The Myth courtesy of the Daily Mail

Actual Daily Mail headline
Actual Daily Mail headline

Bullied schoolboy, 16, ‘plotted British Columbine-style massacre targeting schools, mosques, cinemas and 19 teachers and pupils’:

There’s a trial going on over in England right now where a teenager is accused of not only plotting to attack his school but also theaters and mosques.

While reporting on this the Daily Mail calls the suspect a bullied school boy in the above headline then goes on to describe him not only as a self-avowed neo-nazi but also as a racist, a fan of the English Defence League, and a mutant. Well they didn’t use the M word per se but did add that he was a fan of Columbine.

Yeah, if you’re going to be a neo-nazi racist you’re probably going to draw some negative attention to yourself so if this kid was bullied he more than likely brought it upon himself.

When large publications use the word bullied in a headline like this it’s not only a pathetic grab for attention but it perpetuates the myth about school shooters being bullied when the majority of them were not.

UPDATE 11/3/2013: While I expect this kind of thing from the Daily Mail it seems the much vaunted BBC has gotten into the act as well. Here’s the headline they went with recently.

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That headline is supposed to catch your eye and I would assume most people would take the headline at face value without further reading the article where they would find this quote.

The defendant told the Old Bailey he had been called a Nazi, a fascist and a racist, at school.

That’s because he is all of those things. If you publicly embrace these kind of ideas you’re inviting abuse on yourself and you don’t deserve any sympathy.

UPDATE 12/8/2013: Back in November the jury deadlocked and a retrial has been ordered.

UPDATE 5/31/2014: The little racist bastard was acquitted after the jury deadlocked again. Sleep well Great Britain as he walks among you.

UPDATE 7/5/2014: It seems there has been a modicum of justice as the suspect has been ‘detained indefinitely’ for mental health issues.

Oregon mutant charged in school attack plot

Grant Acord
Grant Acord

Albany high school student accused of planning ‘Columbine-style’ attack:

Back towards the end of May 17-year-old Grant Acord was arrested for allegedly plotting an attack against West Albany High School in Albany, Oregon. Six bombs were seized from his home after police received a tip from another student. The bombs seized were Molotov cocktails, pipe bombs, Drano bombs and napalm which I’m going to assume was of the homemade variety. Some of his classmates said that he would randomly talk about bombs for no apparent reason the most recent incident coming a week prior to his arrest.

Not surprisingly investigators say that he modeled his plot after the Columbine attack. They say that he identified with the Columbine cowards Harris and Klebold and thought that he could make ‘improvements’ on their handiwork. This does officially classify him as a mutant in my opinion. For those of you that are new to the site mutant is the term I use to describe people who sympathize, identify or outright idolize school shooters, specifically the Columbine scumbags.

Of course Accord is said to have the pre-requisite journals. Let’s look at a selection from them shall we?

At about 11:10, he would begin blasting music from the car while walking toward the school, a napalm firebomb in one hand and a duffel bag in the other.

‘Drop duffel. Light and throw napalm, unzip bag and begin firing,’ the notebook said. ‘Cooly state: ”the Russian grim reaper is here.”

The line is apparently a reference to the 2003 film Bad Boys II.

The plan went on: ‘Throw a smoke bomb prior to walking in. Proceed to enter the school, then shoot and throw bombs throughout the school. Kill myself before S.W.A.T. engages me.’

Another dumbass who thinks life is like the movies, bad movies at that.

Police said they found printouts of a website listing the weapons used by the shooters at Columbine High School and a list of items to use in an attack, including a black trenchcoat, a belt with skull and crossbones buckle, wool socks, various explosive devices and a propane tank.

Several items were listed on a page titled I NEED. They include explosive materials, ammunition, a Hi-Point 995 rifle and a Mossberg 500 pump-action shotgun.

What? No TEC-9 so he could be like one of his cowardly heroes? I’m surprised.

While no motive or specific targets have been made public yet we already have the excuse. Bullying you say? Maybe Asperger’s? None of the above. In the wake of his arrest his mom has come out and said that he is mentally ill because of PANDAS.

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No, not those kind of pandas. PANDAS is supposedly an onset of OCD that is caused by a strep infection. According to Wiki PANDAS stands for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections and has not yet been officially recognized as a disease only a hypothesis. Last time I checked OCD doesn’t cause people to go on murderous rampages. Think of all that blood they may get on them.

No, what we have here is just another loser probably blaming his own failures on every one else himself with the help of enablers around him.

UPDATE 7/6/2013: This is a very good article about a mom whose son has PANDAS whose exact words were when she heard of Grant Acord’s excuse “I kind of said, are you kidding me?”

UPDATE 12/12/2013: It’s official. They’re going to use PANDAS as an insanity defense

Acord can distinguish right from wrong, his attorney Jennifer Nash said, but she added that his obsessive-compulsive disorder caused the former West Albany High School junior to be unable to follow the law.

“Our position is my client was suffering from a mental disease or defect that made him unable to conform his behavior to the requirements of law,” she said.

Spare me.

UPDATE 5/14/2014: Acord has entered plea of guilty which could see him held until his 25th birthday. In exchange for the plea prosecutors have dropped attempted murder charges. His mom is still going on about how her precious snowflake has teh PANDAZ.

Sammie Chavez’s mother says that he did not plan school shooting

Sammie Chavez
Sammie Chavez

Mother of B’ville student accused of plotting mass shooting says he did not seriously plan violence:

I’m in the process of trying to catch up on stories that I’ve fallen way behind on due to other stories taking precedence or because of my real life responsibilities and this is one of them. It deals with 18-year-old Sammie Chavez who was arrested for plotting a school shooting attack against Bartlesville High School in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Chavez was arrested on the same day as the Newtown tragedy but before that shooting took place. You can see my original post on Chavez here.

Not too long after his arrest back in December Chavez’s mother came out to the media saying that her son would never plan any such kind of violence.

Jessie Chavez said her son has symptoms of possible mental illnesses – including depression, bipolar disorder and multiple personalities – and had been seeing a therapist. She believes that the thought came during a fleeting swing in emotions.

“Deep down, I don’t think my son would have done this,” she said. “That’s not my son. My son laughs and makes jokes. He’s always pulling pranks.”

If her son does in fact have deep seeded mental issues such as MPD then she has my sympathy however let’s take a look at the evidence.

Police allege that Sammie Chavez attempted to recruit other students Dec. 12 to help him lure people into the school’s auditorium, where he said he would open fire after chaining the doors and placing bombs to detonate when police arrived.

A court affidavit says Chavez used school computers to research pipe bombs and the Columbine High School mass shooting.

Police later seized a Marlin 99 M1 .22-caliber semiautomatic rifle from his home, as well as journals, notes, drawings, photographs of students cut out of a newspaper, two swords, a set of brass knuckles and marijuana.

This sounds far from prank to me.

However this does open the argument about mental healthcare and the rights of the individual in this country. If someone is criminally insane and a potential danger to the public around them there’s not a whole lot anyone can do until that person actually acts on those impulses.

UPDATE 5/14/2013: Speaking of mental illness Chavez has been deemed competent to stand trial.

He’s also pleaded not guilty.

UPDATE 9/24/2013: Earlier today Chavez was convicted of planning to perform an act of violence. He was acquitted on the conspiracy charges. He’s looking at 30 months behind bars.

UPDATE 11/14/2013: Chavez was sentenced to 30 months behind bars after the sentence was recommended to the judge by a jury. He will also be credited for time served. Seems a little light to me but if he truly does have mental illnesses I hope he can get the help he needs before he acts on these violent impulses.