BARTLESVILLE, Okla.—While families halfway across the country are mourning, police and school officials in Bartlesville were dealing with a threat of their own.
Authorities say a Bartlesville High School student, 18-year-old Sammie Eaglebear Chavez, was arrested on charges of plotting to bomb and shoot his fellow students during class.
According to police, Chavez tried recruiting other students to help him carry out the massacre.
He allegedly wanted them to lure kids into the auditorium, chain the doors shut and start shooting.
Officials say his plot included placing bombs by the doors, which would go off as police officers tried to get inside to help.
Authorities say they are grateful someone came forward before the plan could be put in place.
Chief Tom Holland, Bartlesville Police Department, said, “If you will look at the school violence over the last 15 to 20 years, in almost every instance, they telegraphed. They were telling someone this is what I’m going to do and the kids didn’t take it seriously. We’re fortunate that our Bartlesville student took it seriously.”
Court documents show officers found evidence that Chavez searched the internet for guns and how to build pipe bombs.
He remains in jail on a $1 million bond.