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.
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.
UPDATE 7/24/2017: This past Thursday, Cevario was ruled competent to stand trial.