Oklahoma teen arrested in school shooting plot

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BARTLESVILLE, Oklahoma— Hours before a gunman opened fire at a Connecticut elementary school, police in Oklahoma arrested a teenager for allegedly plotting to attack his high school and trying to recruit classmates to help him.

Police in Bartlesville, a community about 40 miles (65 kilometers) north of Tulsa, arrested 18-year-old Sammie Eaglebear Chavez shortly before 5 a.m. Friday on charges of conspiring to cause serious bodily harm or death. He remained in Washington County Jail on Saturday on $1 million bond, and he is due in court Jan. 11.

Court documents didn’t list an attorney for Chavez, and calls to a number listed in court documents as his reached a recorded message saying the line wasn’t available.

Layne Jones, an assistant principal at the school, alerted police to the alleged plot on Thursday, according to a probable cause statement. A student told authorities that Chavez had tried to “recruit other students to assist him with carrying out a plan to lure students into the school auditorium where he planned to begin shooting them after chaining the doors shut,” Bartlesville Police Lt. Kevin Ickleberry wrote in the affidavit.

Chavez told the students he planned to place bombs at the doors that he’d detonate when police arrived, and he threatened to kill students who didn’t want to join him, police wrote.

Investigators said Chavez told a teacher earlier this month that he had bought a .45-caliber gun and had been learning to shoot it. Also, the affidavit said Chavez had been trying to obtain a diagram of school facilities and had used a school computer to seek information on a .22-caliber rifle that could be mounted on a machine gun platform.

Students said they saw Chavez researching the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, in which 12 Colorado students and a teacher were murdered by two students who also died.

The district alerted parents and faculty by email around noon on Friday that it had investigated a “potential incident” Thursday and forwarded the information to the police department, which dealt with it appropriately. News was still trickling out about the attack in Newtown, Connecticut, in which a gunman forced his way into an elementary school and killed 20 children, all ages 6 or 7, and six adults before killing himself.

Superintendent Gary Quinn, in a news release, credited administrators’ quick action in following up on what he said had been unsubstantiated rumor and presenting their findings to the authorities.

“We appreciate the excellent relationship we have with our local law enforcement and their swift response to the information we provided them. We will always put the safety of the students of the Bartlesville Public School District first and foremost.”

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V7W2T7T2N37DLVYJSM2OV4GJ4A Ramon S

    Why? Why? Why?this student behave like this to become killers… investigators need to find the root causes especially computer games they play… group they are affiliated,  maybe obsession of brutal killing computer games exposed from 8 to 12 hrs playing that will give them subliminal message to kill, religion or cult rituals? hatred or anger? frustration or revenge?, all this things should be put on consideration and investigated thoroughly.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UEHZP52OVNUUPVT3VJNWPUGVLU Peter L

    America loves violence in film. movies, video games, comics, etc. Commercialism and greed has made America what it is today. Now they are paying the price. They have stopped prayer and reading of Bible in public but loves to display UFC, Wrestling, boxing and all violent sports. America is a Christian country without Christ. Now Islam is creeping slowly into the mindset of the youth to kill the infidels according to Quran.

    • pfftwhatev

      Dude it doesn’t matter, the world is ending on Friday.  It’ll be the second coming of Christ, accept it won’t be Christ it will be Quetzalcóatl…

  • HeismyGuide

    The Bible says that before the Lord comes back, that evil men would wax worse and worse, and that seems to be proving so true. It also says that society would become like Sodom and Gomorrah all over again. The moral downslide of this country is shocking.Without a moral compass, a sense of values, right or wrong, and with turning our back on God, wiping out any mention of His name, banning Him from the public square, are we so surprised? Without God in our lives, a sense of His purpose and plan, without any guiding truths, what do we expect? Wake up America, we have lost our way, We need to be on our knees seeking the Lord, but no, thats the last and least popular thing we do, Pray for our children, they cannot handle life without the love and guidance of the Lord. Pray for our families who need the Lord. He is the answer to our pain, our confusion.  I’ll put it this way: when the machine breaks down, consult the owner’s manual.  When we don’t have the answer, consult the Creator’s guide: the Bible. I dare you to read it- it will most definitely help. Start with John.

  • daniwitz13

    Because of the CT. shooting, Students are not afraid to bring attention to someone that mentions things that raises red flags.  This is a form of Prevention.  Prevention does NOT involve arresting the individual and ultimately convict.  I honestly believe that everything he did or said was freedom of speech and expression.  He did NOT carry out any of his intentions.  Law enforcement don’t care if NOTHING was done.  They devise words as a catch all fix all to arrest and punish people. That is NOT prevention, it is punishment for things that did not happen.  I expect people to reply and say, haven’t you heard of “conspiracy”?  Yes, but again it is just a convenient ‘word’ that means he talked to others about it, but if nothing comes of it, it is a moot ‘word’.  Crimes are deeds done, like the shootings at CT.  Consider too, that talking about killing people and plying a game about killing people are and should be Constitutional.  Pity.l 

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