27-year-old Michelle Kolts of Wimauma, Florida was turned in by her parents for allegedly having a cache of potentially fatal pipe bombs in the homes. The bombs were said to have been loaded with nails and metal pellets. Investigators say that it would have taken “less than 60 seconds per device to add the powder and fuse materials she already possessed to detonate each bomb.” Also said to be in Kolt’s possession were smokeless pistol powder, 23 knives, and nunchucks. So it’s not like she was planning on a wholesome fireworks display.
Police also found dozens of books and DVDs about murder, mass killing, domestic terrorism, and bomb-making. Kolts was known to police because a year prior they went to her home after she had ordered a large number of bomb-making manuals from an online publisher. At that time, police said that she had an unhealthy infatuation with Columbine and the Oklahoma City bombing. Kolts is said to have admitted to police that the pipe bombs were meant to cause harm but she did not have a specific target in mind.
If I had to hazard a guess I would say that Kolts is what’s known as a Columbiner. These are people who have some kind of sympathetic infatuation with the Columbine shooters and consider them to be martyrs. They’ve been a thing for over 20 years now. Columbine High school had 2,400 of them trespass on school grounds in one year alone. Most school shooters since Columbine have had some kind of admiration for the cowardly Columbine killers. Some people who become Columbiners grow out of it when they leave high school but there have been more than a few who have held on to the obsession well into their 20s.
Kolts’ parents did the right thing by calling the police because who knows how many lives would have been destroyed if she was left to carry on with whatever she may have been plotting. My advice for any parent as it has been for the past 20 years if your kid has some kind of obsession with Columbine or any other school shooting don’t ignore it. It’s not just a phase and is definitely a sign that they need mental healthcare. Get them help before they become a danger to others, themselves, and you.