There isn’t a lot of information about this story, but what is known is three students of Calexico High School, in Calexico, California, were arrested back in May for allegedly plotting a school shooting against the school. I was unable to find the ages of all three unnamed juvenile suspects, but at least one of them is 15-years-old. While police haven’t released many details, they have said their case for attempted murder is strong. At least one of the suspects lived in a home with multiple firearms.
That doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to discuss. First off, the plot was foiled because another student actually informed the principal about the alleged scheme. Too many times before school shootings there have been reports of a student either knowing about the plan, or seeing the gun, but chalk it up to “I didn’t think he was serious”. As the saying goes, if you see something, say something. It’s better for it to be a false alarm than an actual school shooting where life and limb are lost.
The other topic is, of course, bullying. It has been raised in this case but local police put it best…
Police said that bullying may have been a factor, but they are quick to point out that it is no excuse to put the lives of others in danger.
Someone with a gun who shoots unarmed kids is not only a bully in their own right, but they’re also a coward.
Back in February, three teens, two aged 14 and one 15, were arrested for allegedly plotting an attack against Zemmer Middle School in Lapeer, Michigan. Back in May, the trio appeared in court where a video made by the teens was played that was heavily influenced by the so-called ‘Basement Tapes’ from Columbine. If you’re familiar with the history of Columbine, this won’t be anything new.
Please forgive the copious copying and pasting.
In the film, XXXXX and XXXXX, 14, sat side-by-side in armchairs in XXXXX’s parents’ basement, smoking while describing the alleged plot to “shoot up” Zemmer Middle School and their plans to commit suicide after.
“It’ll be nerve-wracking, alright, but it’ll be the best moment of our lives,” said XXXXX.
“Our short lives,” XXXXX added.
“I can’t [expletive] wait,” said XXXXX.
Calling themselves “gods” and saying that they intended to “bring justice to the world, one school at a time,” the two teens listed off intended targets in the shooting, throwing their heads back and laughing to themselves.
“I thought I could I could trust someone not to [expletive] walk all over me for almost a year now, it’s [expletive],” XXXXX said in the video. “As if my life wasn’t bad enough. But you know what? It won’t matter.”
“We’re going to use a sawed-off machine gun, some pistols,” said XXXXX.
“Gonna be the best [expletive] of my life,” said XXXXX.
The pair claimed in the video that the attack would leave them with “followers” who would watch over from the afterlife.
“You know what, XXXXX, we’re gonna be in heaven, resting in peace, watching over our followers for generations to come. We will have followers, trust me … till this world is brought to justice one school at a time.”
“If not several,” said XXXXX.
In the video, the two also discussed the Columbine shooters and “Zero Hour,” the documentary on the 1999 mass murder at Columbine High School in Colorado, where two students fatally shot 13, injured 21 and subsequently committed suicide.
“We’ll be resting with them,” XXXXX said in the video, laughing.
As usual, I’m not naming these kids because that’s the kind of attention they crave with this kind of behavior.
As far as the video is concerned, it makes me laugh. These kids are in middle school and consider themselves gods? Please, you’re far from gods, you’re not even acolytes. You’re just another group of plebeians who think they’re being edgy by emulating the Columbine cowards Harris and Klebold. You’re not the first and sadly, I’ll doubt you’ll be the last. You know nothing about the real world and obviously have little to no parental guidance in your lives.
Speaking of parental guidance, guns were kept in two of the homes by parents, but by all accounts the weapons were secured. However, that doesn’t mean that any security measure couldn’t have been circumvented by the teens. It wouldn’t have been the first time a kid has gotten hold of the key to the gun locker and took the weapon to a school.
Thankfully, the trio have been charged as adults and are looking at life sentences on attempted murder charges. Instead of gods, they’ll just be numbers, collect-calling their parents for commissary money.
Two male students of Rappahannock County High School, in Washington, Virginia, were arrested for allegedly plotting to shoot up the school on the anniversary of Columbine. One of the students is 17-years-old while the other is 16-years-old. That means that these kids weren’t even born when Columbine happened, but still they seemed to emulate the Columbine cowards of Harris and Klebold.
“On April 5, 2017, while at Rappahannock County High School, [Suspect 1] was overheard speaking with at least one other student where he gave a ‘countdown’ stating ‘fifteen more days,’ indicating the number of days left until the date of April 20, 2017” — the 18th anniversary of the Columbine massacre in Colorado.
During the same exchange, Suspect 1, who is the 17-year-old, was seen showing a photograph on a cellular device to one if not more students: “The photograph depicted [Suspects 1 and 2] dressed all in black clothing, black hats and wearing sunglasses and [Suspect 2] commented while showing the photograph, ‘I can’t wait for four twenty.”
“When referencing firearms, [Suspect 1] has specifically referenced bringing a ‘Tech 9’ [assault pistol] and ‘M-4’ [assault rifle] to school and has discussed using a twelve (12) gauge shotgun to discharge ‘birdshot’ ammunition down a hallway of the school,” the document states.
Personally, I don’t think these kids were seriously plotting to shoot the school. They sound like a couple of columbiners who were trying to be a couple of badasses. Between the picture with the black clothing and the one suspect talking about a Tec-9, this was nothing more than two kids cosplaying as school shooters. (A Tec-9 is one of the guns that was used at Columbine.)
Does that mean I think they shouldn’t be prosecuted? Not at all. This isn’t funny and it shouldn’t be treated lightly. As of 6/6/2017, the 17-year-old is being charged as a juvenile and the trial is set for the 14th. No word on the potential sentence but if he ends up being held until his 21st birthday I’d be ok with that. A 3 1/2 year stint in juvie could do wonders in changing his attitude about the cowards of Columbine.
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.
UPDATE 4/21/2017:Cevario has been indicted on charges of possession of explosive material and incendiary material, both with the intent to create a destructive device.
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.
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.
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. Continue reading “Another case of “It can’t happen here.””
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?
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.
“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.
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.