Passages from an 18-year-old Catoctin High School student’s journal outlined a chilling plan to become “the first real female school shooter,” according to charging documents filed Friday.
“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 documents outlining charges against Nicole Ann Cevario. “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.”
Cevario was taken into custody at the school March 23 after her father found the journal and brought it to school earlier that same day, according to the documents.
The journal cited the Columbine High School attack and contained a receipt for a Remington 870 shotgun that Cevario had recently purchased from a sporting goods store. The shotgun was later found hidden in her bedroom closet, along with two boxes of ammunition and “explosive materials,” the sheriff’s office said.
Sheriff’s deputies formally charged Cevario, of the 100 block of Emmitsburg Road in Thurmont, at 9 a.m. Friday with the possession of explosive materials with the intent to create a destructive device and possession of incendiary material with the intent to create a destructive device, said Maj. Tim Clarke, a sheriff’s office spokesman.
In a hearing Friday afternoon, she was ordered held without bail by a Frederick County District Court judge, according to Clarke and online court records.
“She is currently at the detention center on no bond, awaiting an evaluation from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene,” Clarke said.
Alan L. Winik, an attorney listed in online court records as representing Cevario, did not immediately return a call seeking comment Friday afternoon.
Three pipes with attached end caps, nails to be used as shrapnel, nuts and bolts, fluid, matches and a collection of fireworks and fuse materials were seized by deputies in a search of Cevario’s bedroom closets, the documents state.
School officials found magnesium tape and a copy of a book about the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in a search of Cevario’s backpack, the charging documents state.
Her journal indicated a detailed plot to commit a mass casualty attack on the school, an act Cevario admitted she planned when she was confronted by sheriff’s deputies upon her arrest March 23.
Included in her plan was a tactic to use lighter fluid as a diversion to give her time to plant the explosives, the documents state.
The attack was to be carried out April 5 and would ultimately end with Cevario taking her own life, according to interviews with the student and excerpts taken from her journal.
“... 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.”
Cevario told deputies that the attack on the school was “plan b” and described her plan to kill herself with the shotgun she had purchased as her main plan, according to the documents.
Sheriff Chuck Jenkins has repeatedly stated his belief that Cevario intended to carry out the attack.
The journal contained a detailed plan based on what Cevario expected to encounter inside the school, along with a “to do” list and updates on her plans to carry out an attack.
Cevario, who was also enrolled in the law enforcement program at the school system’s Career and Technology Center, also described several conversations she had with the school resource officer assigned to Catoctin, according to the documents.
Cevario said she approached the officer “under the ruse” of requesting information for a school project, the documents state.
The diary entries hinted at some type of violence planned against the school as of its first entry in December of last year, but no specific targets were named and deputies could not identify what motivated Cevario to start planning.
No one answered a call to Cevario’s home. The call went straight to voice mail, and the mailbox was full.
The sheriff’s office initially spelled Cevario’s first name as “Nichole” in a press release this week, but corrected the spelling in an update on Friday.