Maryland Mass Shooting Plot Foiled, Teen Female Suspect Sentenced to 20 Years
A Maryland mass shooting plot was foiled, with the suspect sentenced to 20 years in prison on Tuesday.
Nicole Cevario, 18, planned to be the first female mass school shooter. Or the first female mass school bomber, or both. She even wrote detailed plans for it in her diary. Fortunately, in March of 2017, her father found and read that diary before she was able to carry out her plan and called authorities. On Tuesday, January 30, she was sentenced to 20 years in prison, after pleading guilty to one count of possessing explosive material with the intent to create a destructive device.
Nicole planned her violent attack on Catoctin High School in Frederick County. Her father became aware of the plot when he read her diary. He immediately notified school officials, who removed her from the classroom. She was involuntarily committed to a psychiatric facility for evaluation.
As police sifted through her room and the diary, it became clear that she meant to cause death on a large scale. She detailed her plans – set to occur on April 5, 2017. Cevario had been gathering the items needed for her plan for some time. Bomb making things such as ammunition, pipes, caps, magnesium tape, screws for shrapnel, lighter fluid, fuses, and fireworks.
She paid special attention to the school’s resource officer, asking him about how police would arm themselves in the event of an emergency. She detailed the school’s emergency response plan. She analyzed the Columbine High School and Newtown shootings to see what mistakes the shooters made.
She also bought a Remington shotgun with which she planned to kill herself when it was all over.
“There is no doubt in our minds that we averted a disaster out there.” Frederick County Sheriff Charles Jenkins
As difficult as it had to be for her father to turn her in and watch the court put her away for 20 years, he averted the loss of many lives. The court also place a 5 year supervised parole at the end of her sentence so that they can determine if she’s still a danger to herself and society when she does get out.
Nicole Cevario was a former honor student. They say there’s a fine line between intelligence and insanity…she crossed it.