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.

Follow Jeremy Arias on Twitter: @Jarias_Prime.

Jeremy Arias is the Frederick city and government reporter for The Frederick News-Post.

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Joey Pesto

It has been stated that this 18 year old has mental illness. I'm sure her parents tried to get her proper medical attention, which is not easy to find, when she was under 18. Once she turns 18 the HIPAA law takes effect and cuts the parents out of her medical treatment including her mental health treatment. The press needs to report on this crazy law and how it destroys families as it did here. Dealing with a child with mental illness in America is extremely difficult. Dealing with a child who is over the age of 18 with mental illness is that much harder. Now you can see why the largest psychiatric hospital in America is the Los Angeles county jail. To the family, there are a lot of us out here who feel your deep pain. Just remember it's the system and not you.

I think this was a great day.

A tragedy was avoided and hopefully the young lady's issues will be addressed.

Who has the perfect life cast the first stone...


I believe there is far more to this story than we are being told young women in rural America typically don't plan suicide attacks on their classmates unless they are influence by external extremist stimuli.


Sorry, no ISIS connection here.


wonder why it was necessary to tell us that The Sheriff believed she would do it , she wrote it and stated it to the deputies.....wouldn't you believe it it given the circumstances??


Thie sheriff wants the public to give the suicide bombers families privacy? Priceless.


I'm not going parse words this sounds to me like Islamic Radical Terrorism.


I hate to break it to you, it isn't. Don't believe anything the trump administration says.


No it's not


Her dad is not the hero everybody thinks he is.


I don't think you really know what you're talking about. Perhaps you should refrain from commenting.


My wife knows a neighbor of the family. She was told that the father is very strict and controlling. But he did the right thing by turning her in. You just wonder what the daughter is rebelling against. She doesn't sound like a happy girl.


Like I said two days ago - she has pent up anger. It's not uncommon with today's youth and young adults. Heck, you can even see it in many of the commenters here. As a parent you have to let you kids be themselves. People too good of a parent can have adverse effects.

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I think his/her post is one where we need to read beteeen the lines.


On opinion about how trauma is passed on to children and grand children.


This is very sad all the way around. Sad for the school population. Sad for the 18 yr old woman. Sad for the 18 yr old woman's family. This just goes to show how one day life is swell and the next day its turned upside down, just like that.


Way to go FNP. Sheriff Jenkins expressly asked that the media give the family their privacy as the try to cope through this difficult time, and their you guys are calling the home for comments, you idiots listen well don't you?


Except the sheriff isn't exactly kkown to use sound and reasonable judgement.


The sheriff doesn't get to decide how media outlets report on the news. You should read this thing called the 1st Amendment to the Constitution for more information.


Thank god the parents noticed something going on and intervened. This is what it all come down too. Parenting. We can do everything we can at the public level but stopping things like this all comes down to the home.

Imagine how hard it was for the parents to turn in the girl. She is now going to face many years in prison. She is a sick women. I hope she gets the help she needs.


fireupterp children attend this high school and id like to think that they would use information they have collected from the students and teachers at Catoctin that this girl was not a bullied victim and was usually very happy and full of smiles, she also wasn't an outcast. I think our community is just very greatful to the father for noticing something was wrong and looked into it by searching her room. Our community stands behind her parents , i by no means believe its their fault he obviously didn't know which is why he turned his own child in before it was carried out. I just wanted to let you know that bullying isn't a factor in this case.


Be advised, the speculators will be out in force now. Prepare for a lot of garbage here before this case goes to trial.


This is a case of bullying. Just because it didn't happen at school doesn't mean it didn't happen at home.


So why wasn't her plan to attack her home and family if she was bullied there? From what is written in the article from her own words, she wanted to make history. If she was bullied, wouldn't she have written about that instead of wanting to make history as the first female school attacker?


Hope they call it like it is. I doubt it thou........ :(


This young lady seems to have mental problems, my sympathy to her and her family and many thanks to her family in preventing this from being a greater tragedy, God Bless!


Ya think???


No doubt the excuse will come out as bullying.


But there has to be a reason for her plan of action. Not saying it's right for what she wanted to do but there is a reason behind why people do things. This is a very reason why our country needs to be more aware of people with mental issues or signs of mental issues.


I was a loner in school, bullied and tormented weekly often referred to as a mongrel by classmates but I never considered retaliating violently.


wow.. thank god her father turned her in.

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