Mother gave guns to would-be school shooter to “let him grow up”

Mother gave guns to would-be school shooter to "let him grow up"

Back in late January, just days after the shooting at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky, that left two dead, a cache of weapons was found in the bedroom of a 14-year-old student of Uniontown Area High School in Pennsylvania. Police were tipped off to the juvenile suspect after another student recorded the suspect making a threat against the school. Whenever one of these stories breaks you always wonder where these kids get the guns from. Well, wonder no more.

The boy’s mother, 45-year-old Lenora Ann Hendrix, has been charged with knowingly and intentionally delivering or providing a firearm to a minor. When asked why she would give a 14-year-old an arsenal of weapons she allegedly replied to teach him responsibility and to “let him grow up.” Guess what, lady. He was neither responsible nor grown up.

While a parent being charged for giving their kids guns that would be used in a school shooting is rare, it’s not unheard of. On the other side of the Keystone State, in Montgomery County, Michelle Cossey was sentenced to four months in prison and five years probation for illegally obtaining guns for her home-schooled son Dillon who plotted an attack against Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School near Philadelphia.

I understand gun culture is different in rural America than in it is in urban areas. I understand allowing one of your children to possibly have a rifle to go hunting if they have an adult to go hunting with to teach them how to responsibly handle a gun. However, allowing your son to keep a semi-automatic rifle, a shotgun, two machetes, throwing knives, two lever-action rifles, a revolver, a crossbow with arrows, and bulk ammunition in his room only teaches him to be selfish and violent.

VT student who tried to buy 5000 bullets expects ‘victorious return to China’

VT student who tried to buy 5000 bullets expects 'victorious return to China'

I originally posted about Yunsong Zhao here. He’s the 19-year-old Virginia Tech student from China who allegedly was in illegal possession of a firearm and tried to buy 5000 bullets.

First, a little clarification on my last post. In that post I said that it was illegal for Zhao to own a firearm since he’s in the US on a visa. That was incorrect. The actual violation is because police say that he owns an AR-15 with a 30 round capacity magazine. The 30 round magazine is what makes the gun illegal. Zhao’s lawyers state he only owned a 20 round magazine which of course makes things much safer but according to reports is legal for Zhao to own. Let’s also not forget that while not illegal, Zhao was supposedly searching for how to obtain body armor and had purchased a police cruiser that still had markings on it. When you add all those things together nothing good can come from it. Not surprisingly, Zhao has been ordered held without bond.

VT student who tried to buy 5000 bullets expects 'victorious return to China'

Yunsong Zhao

However, his current predicament doesn’t seem to have changed Zhao’s sunny disposition much. According to prosecutors, Zhao has said in prison phone calls that he’s a hero, famous, and is expecting a “victorious return to China.” For what? While on paper China may still be a Communist country they’ve become very interested in capitalism in recent decades and rely a lot on American money and they don’t want anything upsetting that apple cart. If Zhao were to be returned to China, he’d probably end up somewhere where he would be longing for the American prison system.

To my knowledge, no alleged motive or plot has been made public yet, but if this was politically motivated as an anti-American attack he sure seemed to be playing the long game.

Virginia Tech student tried to buy 5000 bullets

Virginia Tech student tried to buy 5000 bullets

19-year-old Yunsong Zhao was a student at Virginia Tech who had recently been arrested for possessing an assault rifle and trying to purchase 5000 bullets. The reason that’s illegal in this case is that Zhao is not an American citizen and under the terms of his visa, it is illegal for him to own any firearms. However, the news is even scarier than his alleged attempt to buy more bullets than any one man should own.

According to police, Zhao not only researched how to obtain a bulletproof vest, but he also had bought a car which was once used by police which he reportedly fitted with a special bumper. Zhao was arrested after a weeks-long investigation with Zhao being apprehended without incident.

Police say the University was never in danger, but my God, what the hell was Zhao planning? You don’t buy a police cruiser with some markings still on it and 5000 bullets in order to sell Girl Scout cookies. While his intended target may or may not have been the University itself, you can’t blame the students and their families for being a bit jumpy since the school was the site of one of the most violent school shootings ever. It makes me wonder if Zhao was some kind of Cho Seung-Hui acolyte.

Sadly, the infamous school shooting is not the only violent crime Virginia Tech has had to endure. Back in 2009, another Chinese student by the name of Zhu Haiyang, decapitated 22-year-old Yang Xin who was also a student from China. Zhu brutally murdered Yang Xin after she rejected Zhu’s romantic advances.

Getting back to Zhao, it will be interesting, to say the least, to see what his plans actually were. Somehow, I doubt he was getting ready to fight a war on crime.

Girl sentenced in Maryland school shooting plot

Girl sentenced in Maryland school shooting plot

Evidence seized in alleged Catoctin High plot

Back in March 2017, 18-year-old Nicole Cevario was arrested for plotting a school shooting against Catoctin High School in Thurmont, Maryland. This wasn’t just some teenage girl fantasizing about shooting up her school either. As you can see in the above photo, police seized a shotgun and several pipe bombs made by Cervaio. Cervaio had legally purchased the shotgun.

What made this story different from the scores of the other would-be school shooters out there is that Cervaio is female. A female school shooter is largely an anomaly and Cervaio wanted to be the first female school shooter. According to her journal…

“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.”

“… 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.”

She also wrote about the shooters at Columbine and Sandy Hook noting the ‘mistakes’ those shooters had made.

Since Cervaio was 18 at the time of her arrest, there was no question about trying her as an adult.

Earlier today, Cervaio pleaded guilty to possessing explosive material with the intent to create a destructive device and was sentenced to 20 years behind bars.

Is that a long enough sentence for a girl who wanted nothing more than to be the first female mass killer, or is two decades in prison more than enough justice for the crime she committed and the lives she put in danger?

UPDATE 2/4/2018: Cervaio was also sentenced to be held in a secure psychiatric facility until her 21st birthday in order to get her mental healthcare help and to assist in her transition to adult prison.

Cache of weapons found in Pa. school shooting plot

Cache of weapons found in Pa. school shooting plot

Just a few days after the fatal shooting at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky, a 14-year-old was arrested in Western Pennsylvania for allegedly plotting a school shooting. A student of Uniontown Area High School, in Uniontown, PA, is said to have heard the suspect making a threat against the school. That student told his parents, who informed law enforcement. When police searched the suspect’s home in Henry Clay Township, they reportedly found

…a cache of weapons in his bedroom including a semi-automatic rifle, a shotgun, two machetes, throwing knives, two lever-action rifle, a revolver, a crossbow with arrows, and bulk ammunition for all of the weapons.

At what point does a cache become an arsenal because I think this kid was pretty close. Also, in what tragically has become the norm these days, no one seems to know where he got the weapons from. Now I’m not familiar with Henry Clay Township itself, however, when I lived in Pennsylvania the term ‘township’ usually indicated the community was in a rural area. There’s a joke about Pennsylvania that it’s Pittsburgh on one side, Philadelphia on the other and Alabama in between. Those areas of Pennsylvania are also sometimes referred to as Pennsyltucky. The reason I bring this up is the area could be a hunting community which could partially explain the ease of access in which the weapons were obtained.

That’s not the worst part of the story either. When asked why he was planning a shooting at the school the suspect allegedly said because there were other students he just didn’t like.

When asked about why the suspect allegedly wanted to target the four students, Fayette County District Attorney Richard Bower said, “He didn’t like them. That’s what he said, he didn’t like them. What a reason to do something.”

The suspect’s parents are said to be cooperating with police but one has to wonder what they were doing this entire time their son was building an arsenal.

UPDATE 2/4/2018: Catching up on some backlogs and found an interesting tidbit on this story. The student who first reported the threat is said to have actually recorded the threat on his cell phone as it was being made.

Update on Zemmer Middle School shooting plot

Update on  Zemmer Middle School shooting plot

Zemmer Middle School

Earlier this week there was a hearing in regards to the alleged school shooting plot targeting Zemmer Middle School in Lapeer, Michigan. The defense for the three teen suspects tried getting the charges thrown out, however, the judge ruled there was substantial evidence for a trial to be held.

One of the defense attorneys seems to be treading on familiar grounds

“These kids were desensitized to the reality of the things they were talking about, Columbine and school shootings,” said attorney, Matthew Norwood. “In the case of XXXXX, he was looking to get a reaction … there were no steps taken. It was just talk … Prosecutors are going off of pure paranoia.”

Pure paranoia, huh? Well, in addition to their own version of the Basement Tapes, where they refer to themselves as gods, further evidence was revealed about their alleged intentions. Police found the following ‘story’ on one of the suspect’s cell phones.

“My name is XXXXX and everyone at school thought I was kidding, that I wouldn’t shoot it up, or bring the guns to school,” Lapeer County Detective Bob Wells read from the story messaged from XXXXX to XXXXX on social media. “They always bullied me and thought I was kidding, just like the kids at Columbine.”

Except there’s no evidence to show the Columbine cowards were bullied. More misinformed cretins who turn to violence when things don’t go their way.

The suspects have been released on over $100K bond each and have been ordered to stay off the internet. It’s also been ordered that guns need to be removed from all the households and it’s recommended all three suspects undergo counseling. Considering the three have been charged as adults and are facing life sentences, maybe they should have received counseling earlier.

UPDATE 1/21/2018: Back in November, two of the suspects have pleaded guilty to making a false terrorist threat and using a computer to commit a crime. They are set to be sentenced on the 29th. The third suspect is set to enter a similar plea later this week.

Two school shooting plots thwarted in Oklahoma

Two school shooting plots were said to have been thwarted in the state of Oklahoma recently. While the alleged plots were unrelated, the two targeted schools were only an hour apart from each other.

The less serious of the two plots was discovered at Sequoyah Public Schools in Rogers County. That plot was said to have involved three eighth-graders who were supposedly upset one of them got detention. According to what information has been released, I don’t think the plot was very serious.

The Sheriff’s Office says it had gotten to the point of the boys making plans for one to get a gun, one to get a bow, and to get on top of the school.

The students were released to the custody of their parents and I haven’t heard of any charges being filed as of yet.

While the threat may not have been credible, it does show how a number of kids who even think about resorting to violence are blaming their own failures on others. This is a trait, in my opinion, that is very common among school shooters and plotters.

The more serious plot was uncovered at Locust Grove High School in Locust Grove, Oklahoma. In that plot, three 15-year-olds were plotting an attack against the school, claiming one of the three had allegedly been bullied. Or are they just using that as an excuse? To me, the trio sound like a bunch of columbiners who were just looking for an excuse to commit a school shooting.

A Facebook post from one of the three students shows the Columbine shooters; another post reads ‘Better run faster than my bullets.”

If you’re not familiar with that particular quote, it’s a lyric from the song “Pumped Up Kicks” by the band Foster The People. The song references a fictional school shooting.

As usual, the columbiners got it wrong. The song isn’t glorifying a school shooting, but according to the band, Mark Foster wrote the song because he wanted to make people more aware of the mental illness that goes unrecognized in a lot of today’s teens.

This was more than just idol worship and posting to social media. The suspects were said to have gone to the school while it was out of session to study the exits and entrances. The trio was also allegedly actively pursuing weapons. They’re all currently in juvenile detention claiming their plot was just a prank. Yeah, never heard that one before.

Again I say to parents, know what your kids are posting on social media. You might find out your kid needs more help than they’re letting on.

Defense attorney calls middle school shooting plot a ‘fairy tale’

Defense attorney calls middle school shooting plot a 'fairytale'

Zemmer Middle School

(Story broke 8/2/2017)

I originally posted about the alleged school shooting plot against Zemmer Middle School in Lapeer, Michigan, here. If you’ll recall, two 14-year-olds and a 15-year-old were arrested and charged as adults for allegedly plotting an attack against the school. The teens made a video similar to the Columbine Basement Tapes, where these teens proclaimed themselves gods while threatening violence against the school.

A couple of weeks ago, they appeared in court where one of their defense attorneys claimed the plot was merely the wild imagination of zealous police investigators and referred to the plot as a fairy tale of teen angst expressed in fiction. So I guess the video Cho Seung-Hui sent to a national news channel was just angsty fiction before he killed dozens at Virginia Tech. Or the videos Alvaro Castillo sent to a local news station after killing his father was just a fairy tale. That’s not even mentioning all the videos made by other potential school shooters who were stooped before they could carry out their plans.

When these kids live in homes with guns and proclaim themselves gods who will have followers after they kill as many as they can, isn’t angsty teen fiction or a fairy tale. It’s evidence that shows how much violence these kids could be capable of.

3 teens arrested in Southern California school shooting plot

3 teens arrested in Southern California school shooting plot

Calexico High School

(Story broke 5/10/2017)

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.

Trio of teenage columbiners charged with plotting middle school shooting

Trio of teenage columbiners charged with plotting middle school shooting

Zemmer Middle School

(Story broke 5/10/2017)

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.