The journal was chilling. “I’m homicidal and I’m fine with that,” said one entry.
In another, the writer spoke about specific students at Radnor High, a small school 13 miles west of Philadelphia, police have said. “I want to trap them, pick them off one by one,” it said. “Blow up the cafeteria, shoot everyone in classrooms. Imagine the power, the bullets leaving the gun with a loud bang, piercing kids around me, the way they collapse, their blood splattering the floor the screams.”
For page after page, the author of the journal wrote about murderous plans. “I could be the first female shooter,” she wrote. Some pages had macabre sketches on them. Another page displayed some ambivalence. “Leave survivors? Or nah? I kinda want to.”
A school administrator found the journal on Monday afternoon and contacted police. According to authorities, the journal entries were written by a 17-year-old senior who hoped to become a serial killer. The unidentified girl was a fan of Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, the teenage shooters who opened fire at Columbine High School in 1999.
“She made references to killing a teacher, killing her fellow students in a certain manner, and also injuring herself,” Police Superintendent Bill Colarulo told reporters during a press conference. “As soon as it was recognized that these writings were bizarre and dangerous, the appropriate steps were taken.”
Police arrested the girl and charged her with making terroristic threats. She is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation. Police searched her home and found no weapons.
As the stunned community reels from the accusations, Radnor High School is offering counseling to students. Superintendent Colarulo stresses the importance of vigilance in the school system.
“There are always warning signs,” he said. “If you go back to the Columbine incident, there were numerous warning signs that went ignored and nobody took the proper action and made the report. Someone noticed the signs here. That’s what we hope people will do from now on.”