Latino Student Arrested for Alleged Plot to Attack His Oklahoma School

Another tragedy could have added to the devastation of last week’s Sandy Hook school shooting, had it not been stopped by police authorities.

According to Fox News Latino, 18-year-old Sammie Eaglebear Chavez was arrested in Oklahoma on Friday morning on charges of conspiring to cause serious bodily harm or death. After he was handcuffed, the Bartlesville High School student remained in Washington County Jail on Saturday on $1 million bond and is due in court on Jan. 11, 2013.

In an affidavit, Bartlesville Police Lt. Kevin Ickleberry stated that Chavez “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.” Chavez’s alleged plot was shared with police by assistant principal Layne Jones.

Fox News Latino also reports that the teen told fellow students he planned to place bombs at the doors and planned to detonate them when police arrived. Investigators say that Chavez reportedly told a teacher earlier this month that he had bought a gun and had been learning to shoot it. Another part of the alleged plan, according to the affidavit, states that the 18-year-old had been trying to obtain a blueprint of the school.

What’s most haunting about all this news is that Chavez’s peers had allegedly noticed him researching the infamous Columbine High School massacre, which took place in 1999.

In a new release, superintendent Gary Quinn gave props to administrators for their speedy action in following up with the swirling rumors and forwarding the concerns to police.

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