The father of the teen student who authorities say was plotting a mass shooting at Catoctin High School in Frederick County turned his daughter in after finding a detailed journal at home full of attack plans.
The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office said the father of Nichole Cevario, 18, told officials Thursday about a “potential threat of violence” against the school.
In the journal the father found talk of a shotgun with ammo, bomb-making material and the school’s emergency plan. Also scribbled inside the journal was a date for the potential attack: April 5th.
Cevario was taken out of class Thursday and then to Frederick Memorial Hospital for a mental evaluation.
The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference Monday afternoon explaining the details surrounding the planned attack:
When police searched Cevario’s home, they say they found the journal, a shotgun, ammunition, pipes and caps, shrapnel, fireworks, magnesium tape and fuse material.
Police say they believe Cevario had been planning the attack for a while and had planned to die if her attack was executed the way it was drawn up.
Authorities are confident she worked alone, plotting out step by step the way she envisioned the attack playing out. Sheriff Chuck Jenkins says there is no doubt in his mind that a major disaster was averted.
Cevario is currently at Frederick Memorial Hospital undergoing a mental evaluation. Once she is released, she will be formally charged with possession of explosive and incendiary materials with intent to create a bomb.
Authorities say no weapon or explosive was ever brought into the school.