School Shooting Plot Thwarted

Sammie Chavez

Wannabe school shooter Sammie Chavez (courtesy of Fox News)

The other day, I wrote about a copycat killer in Indiana who was planning to attack an elementary school near his home. The massacre in Newtown, Connecticut last week inspired him, but fortunately his wife called the police and he was arrested before he could act.

A similar arrest took place in Oklahoma, only this one wasn’t inspired by Adam Lanza’s attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School because it happened hours before the Connecticut shooting.

Around 5 a.m. last Friday morning, police in Bartlesville, Oklahoma arrested 18-year-old Sammie Chavez on charges of conspiring to cause serious bodily harm or death. He is now being held in Washington County Jail on $1 million bond.

According to a student at Chavez’s high school, the would be killer tried to enlist the aid of his friends in planning and carrying out a shooting in the school auditorium. His plan was to lure students there, chain the doors and start plugging away. Chavez was also planning to wire bombs at each entrance that could be detonated once the police arrived.

Thankfully, this “friend” decided to alert his assistant principal, Layne Jones, who immediately contacted the police and had Chavez picked up.

The ensuing investigation has revealed a number of disturbing allegations about Chavez and his intentions. Earlier this month, he told one of his teachers that he purchased a .45-caliber handgun and was learning to fire it. Chavez also did some online research on topics ranging from how to make a pipe bomb to the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Some even claim that he tried to get his hands on a diagram of the school, presumably to make more accurate plans for his attack.

The good news about all this is that Chavez failed and will not have the chance to attack his school as planned. Of course, Adam Lanza’s plot moved forward several hours later and now 26 people are dead, most of them children.

I don’t know what frightens me more about this story: the fact that another kid was planning to kill his classmates or the fact that this happened right before another young killer fulfilled his evil plan.

If we can’t even trust our youth, then what hope is there for the future?

Posted on December 18, 2012, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 35 Comments.

  1. I am not quite sure how to stop this epidemic. I seriously doubt guns are the right answer. The one in CT could have been prevented if his mother had not taken him to the gun range and had 5 guns in the home. He might have gone crazy, but shooting people would have been less likely. Then what? Arm teachers? The teachers I know don’t want that responsibility. Panic buttons that lock the doors? I don’t know.

    • I’m not sure what the answer is either, Becca. Schools should definitely have some kind of lockdown protocol, but doors that lock automatically and are bulletproof might work. Sad that it has to come to this, though. 😦

  2. The panic button idea is actually a good idea. Give teachers a pendent with a transmitter so the students can’t get access to it. Better security at schools would help too. But the best way to fight this kind of tragedy is to find out why these attacks are occurring. China is having a problem with knife wielding attackers doing the same thing in their grade schools as well. When I was a kid these kinds of attacks where extremely rare, if any actually occurred at all while I was in grade school. My personal earliest memory of this kind of stuff was Lori Dan shooting up a school here in Illinois, But if I’m remembering correctly that didn’t take place until I was already out of High School. There has to be an underlying condition that is fueling these behaviors and that needs to be identified asap!

    • I agree completely, Marty. And I miss the days when I was in school. If you had a problem with someone, you just met up after school and duked it out with your fists. Granted, things could still get violent, but at least no one ended up dead. Using guns to solve your problems seems like a cowardly way to go…

      • I hear ya Mars, nothing like a good fist-to-cuffs to clear the air. I also agree shoring someone is much easier and more cowardly if the person you shoot means no harm to anyone.

  3. We have thousands of unemployed veterans in this country. Most have been trained in the use of firearms. Hire the honorably discharged ones, give them all the training and testing that police officers go through, and put them in the schools to protect the teachers and students. I know some unemployed veterans that would consider it an honor and great duty to do so.

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