A student of Radnor High School outside Philadelphia, Pa. was arrested on Monday for allegedly formulating a plan to commit mass murder. She apparently wrote notes that extensively detailed a plan to murder her classmates and teacher before a school pep rally as part of her plot to become the “first female mass murder.”
Administrators discovered the girl’s notebook around 11:30 a.m. on Monday and reported her to the police.
NBC Philadelphia reports the 17-year-old specifically described how she would kill several of her fellow students and a teacher in the notes discovered by investigators. She also wrote of her admiration for the teens behind the infamous 1999 Columbine High School shooting.
“But imagine the power,” the girl allegedly wrote. “The bullets leaving the gun with a loud bang, piercing kids around me, the way they collapse, their blood splattering the floor… the screams.”
The girl will be charged as a juvenile for making terroristic threats. Her parents are cooperating. The girl allegedly has a history of mental illness and no weapons were found at her home or the school. She’s currently in custody and undergoing psychiatric evaluation.
“There are always warning signs,” Radnor Township Police Superintendent Bill Colarulo said. “If you want to go back and reference the Columbine incident, there were numerous warning signs that went ignored, that went unnoticed and nobody took the proper action and made the report. As soon as it was recognized that these writings were bizarre and dangerous the appropriate steps were taken.”
Debbie Singer, the parent of a Radnor High student, told NBC that other students were aware of the girl’s fascination with the Columbine massacre. She allegedly sent a letter to the parents of one Columbine shooter detailing how she would execute a similar plan.