Student arrested in shooting threat at Frederick County high school

Posted at 12:41 PM, Mar 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-28 12:19:44-04

An 18-year-old student was arrested after authorities learned of a planned shooting attack at her Frederick County high school.

On Thursday, a parent notified officials at Catoctin High School of a possible threat. The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office said the suspect, identified as Nichole Cevario of Thurmont, was then removed from school and taken to the Frederick Memorial Hospital for an emergency evaluation where she remains hospitalized.

Investigators searched Cevario’s home and found her journal. In it, police said she, “spelled out a detailed shooting event that she planned to execute on a specific date in April at Catoctin High School.”

Police also recovered items Cevario may have been stockpiling for use during the attack. Investigators found a shotgun with ammunition and materials used to make bombs, including pipes with end caps, fireworks, shrapnel, magnesium tape and fuse material.

Police said Cevario’s journal revealed the event had been planned with detail, including notes on emergency procedures, behavior activities at the school, as well as a timeline of how the plot would be executed.

Investigators believed she planned to die on the date identified in the journal.

“The investigation has also revealed she had the means and equipment to have caused a significant life safety event at Catoctin High School if she had followed through with the threat,” The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office said in a release. “It was also clear that Ms. Cevario was struggling with mental health issues which prompted the emergency evaluation at Frederick Memorial Hospital.”

Cevario was charged with possession of explosive and incendiary materials with intent to create a destructive device.

Anyone with information related to the investigation is asked to contact SGT Greg Warner at 301-600-2583.

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