School Shooting Plot Thwarted
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.
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 Chavez, Columbine High School, commentary, crime, current-events, Elementary school, news, Oklahoma, perspectives, School shooting. Bookmark the permalink. 35 Comments.