Lost in the daily torrent of data as mere local news, not worthy of national ballyhooing, was a story of a father’s tough love for his 18-year-old daughter. He found a journal and materials in her room and called the cops, who promptly and properly responded. The incident happened last March and the now 19-year-old woman was sentenced late last month to 20 years in prison.
Nicole Cevario, 19, was sentenced after pleading guilty to possessing explosive material with the intent to create a destructive device.
The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office said Cevario’s father turned his daughter in after finding a detailed journal at home full of attack plans in March 2017.
As with the Washington case last week, this young adult had the sophistication to stay off social media, working out her plans in a pen-and-paper journal impervious to NSA or Silicon Valley detection.
When police searched Cevario’s home, they say they found the journal, a shotgun, ammunition, pipes and caps, shrapnel, fireworks, magnesium tape and fuse material.
According to the evidence, Cevario had planned to die if her attack was executed the way it was drawn up.
A father turned in his legally adult high-school daughter to save her life and the lives of her schoolmates. This was somehow unworthy of national comment then or now. Ten months later she was sentenced to spend longer in prison than her lifetime up to now. This must be heartbreaking for the father, and yet might there be some relief that the worst did not come to pass, nor will it in that family for at least decades?
So far, we know of two parents, with young adult children under their roofs plotting mass murder at schools, who exercised tough love and reported their loved ones to the police. How many more are out there, good deeds buried in local news? We should celebrate this Maryland father and this Washington grandmother as quiet heroes and role models — President Trump and the First Lady should honor them at a small White House reception this month.