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Police: Okla. Teen Arrested After Plotting to Bomb, Gun Down Students in School Auditorium


"Threatened to kill students who didn't help"

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(TheBlaze/AP) -- An Oklahoma high school student is in custody on charges he plotted to bomb and shoot students at the Bartlesville High School auditorium on the same day 26 people were shot and killed at an elementary school in Connecticut.

Police arrested 18-year-old Sammie Eaglebear Chavez at about 4:30 a.m. Friday after learning of the alleged plot Thursday.

An arrest affidavit says Chavez tried to convince other students to help him lure students into the auditorium, chain the doors shut and start shooting. The Tulsa World reports that authorities say Chavez threatened to kill students who didn't help.

"He also told them that if the students assisting him did not do what they were supposed to do, he would not hesitate to kill them and/or himself," the newspaper quoted the police affidavit.

Multiple local news outlets, and the New York Daily News, are supplying this photograph of the suspect:

(Photo via KTUL/ABC8)

The Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise adds that Chavez planned to detonate bombs at the doors as police arrived, to kill police in addition to people at the school.

Reuters continues:

The police affidavit said Chavez had used a school computer to research guns, pipe bombs and the 1999 Columbine High School massacre in which 12 students and a teacher were killed in Littleton, Colorado. It also said he had told a teacher last week that he had bought a Colt .45 gun, though it was unclear whether he actually had one.

The school district says students were never in danger, since the alleged plot was discovered in time.

Chavez is being held on $1 million bond.

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