Oklahoma Student Nabbed in School-Shooting Plot
Sammie Chavez tried to recruit students in cafeteria: cops
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 15, 2012 2:00 PM CST
Downtown Bartlesville, Oklahoma.   (Wikimedia Commons)

(Newser) – The morning of one school shooting, another may have been averted: Police arrested a teenager in northern Oklahoma yesterday for allegedly planning a Columbine-style attack on his high school. Authorities say 18-year-old Sammie Chavez tried to recruit students at Bartlesville High School's cafeteria this week for the massive gun-and-bomb plot, the Tulsa World reports. Chavez wanted "to lure students into the school auditorium where he planned to begin shooting them after chaining the doors shut," police wrote in a court affidavit.

And if recruits failed to follow orders, "he would not hesitate to kill them and/or himself," police added. The alleged plan included planting bombs by the auditorium doors and setting them off when police showed up. Chavez was already practicing with a Colt .45, police said, and using school computers to research a .22-caliber rifle mounted on a machine gun platform. He was also seen reading up on the Columbine massacre and researching pipe bombs online. Police arrested Chavez yesterday morning and his bail was set at $1 million.

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iq145
Dec 16, 2012 2:24 PM CST
18? Still think a new set of 'gun laws' can fix this new uprising of gun/maniac incidents? That's just Obama's false face attempt to appear that he's making a response as a President of the United States. He's just as helpless as the rest of us. Nothing can change people's thoughts. To keep people out of a building who don't belong inside won't help. The perps are internal. They're suicidal too (to make it even worse), so threats of the Chair as a punishment won't even help. An unthinkable ½-solution would be to have armed guards in all schools from now on. But we'd be turning our childcare intitutions into Marshal Law Military Zones! The only thing we can try is counselling for children identified to have problems! Or at least put them under watch.
Wrongdirection
Dec 15, 2012 5:40 PM CST
Just wondering if the FBI has put anything together on these youths being gamers and watching the same violent games and something in them that triggers a rage.. Perhaps? I've noticed a lot of disrepect in our youth for some years now. Someone must see this going on besides myself......
jd42
Dec 15, 2012 4:09 PM CST
Hang him in his city of his residence in public square after Sunday religious services without any long drawn due process. Let his hanging be an example for all those who are contemplating to be the copy cats. Such acts must stop. Ours is becoming a mentally deranged society for quite sometime. We continue to build jails and continue to put people in jails. This nation's consumption of antidepressant medication is the higest in the world. 47% of the population owns fire arms. Why this divorce lady in Connecticut had three fire arms? May be it well served her to be killed by one of those fire arms by her younger son. Then there in all mighty NRA, stretching the intent of 2nd amendment far beyond it original intent. It is about time NRA should be blown off from the face of the eart. It is the root cause of our continued gun violance in good ol USA. My blood is boiling,