A spiral-bound notebook labeled “The Journal of an Active Shooter,” was found in the car of 18-year-old Jack H. Sawyer, a Vermont teenager charged with planning the mass murder of students at Fair Haven Union High School the same day 17 people died in a school shooting in Florida.
The journal provides a chilling picture of an allegedly long-planned attack that was exposed by a heroic 17-year-old friend who decided to bring Sawyer’s disturbing messages to the attention of officials
Angela McDevitt, a junior at Arlington High School in Lagrangeville, N.Y., learned via Facebook messages that Sawyer had been preparing for two years to unleash a slaughter at his former high school.
“I was very conflicted on what to do because this was not the Jack that I knew in person,” said McDevitt, who is credited with preventing a mass shooting at the Vermont school attended by about 400 students.
McDevitt met Sawyer at a residential center and private school in Maine, where they were treated for behavioral disorders and depression.
According to police the journal was found in Sawyer’s car and his name was written on the upper right corner of every page used. It was entered into the court record in support of a motion to deny bail.
Throughout the journal, there are entries detailing how Sawyer intended to obtain guns, references to use explosives to slaughter victims and other plans to commit a school shooting.
“I’ve remembered why I almost shot up my old school in the first place and that’s because people (expletive) me off so much that I’ve developed a hatred to mostly every person I’ve ever met,” the journal reads. “They’re all (expletive) idiots and deserve to be shot. Moral of the story: don’t (expletive) me the (expletive) off.”
“I’ve realized the huge importance of being able to kill the kids that I actually know vs. waiting a year or so until they’re all gone,” the journal said. “I’m aiming to kill as many as I can but it’d also be more fun and satisfying to kill a lot of the dumb (expletive) that I actually went to school with. I know what they’re like and how idiotic they are.”
Sawyer appeared in court Friday to face a bevy of criminal charges including aggravated attempted murder, first-degree attempted murder and aggravated assault with a weapon.
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