Police in Pennsylvania say they have arrested a 17-year-old girl who had a "fascination" with school shootings and wrote about her desire to "flood the halls with corpses."
"I could be the first female shooter," the teenager wrote in her journal, according to Radnor Township Police Superintendent Bill Colarulo. "I'm homicidal, and I'm fine with that."
The girl, who has not been identified, is a senior at Radnor High School in Wayne. Administrators at the school contacted police Monday after they discovered the journal, police said.
"She made references to killing a teacher, killing her fellow students in a certain manner and ... injuring herself," Colarulo told reporters Monday evening.
One of the journal entries read:
"I want to trap them, pick them off one by one. 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."
Colarulo said the teenager, who wrote that she wanted to "flood the halls with corpses," was fascinated by the 1999 Columbine High School massacre in Colorado.
In that case, Dylan Klebold, 17, and Eric Harris, 18, murdered 12 students and one teacher before committing suicide. It was, at the time, one of the deadliest school shootings to occur in the United States.
According to Colarulo, the girl went so far as to write a letter to the parents of one of the Columbine shooters. However, the content of that letter is not yet known.
"There are always warning signs," said Colarulo. "If you want to go back and reference the Columbine incident, there were numerous warning signs that went ignored, that went unnoticed and nobody took the proper action and made the report."
The teen, who faces charges as a juvenile of making terroristic threats, is currently undergoing psychiatric evaluation.
"She is getting the help she needs," Colarulo said.
While no guns were found at the school or inside the girl’s home, the police superintendent said it was important to take immediate action.
"We would be remiss if we didn't take these threats seriously," he said.