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.