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Seminole Area Furry Arrested for Plotting Columbine Style Massacre

Nathaniel Zeno, a 16 year old attending Seminole High School in Florida, has been arrested and charged with plotting a massacre at his school.

Pinellas deputies had Zeno committed to a mental hospital on March 4th. Florida’s Baker act allows for an individual to be involuntarily hospitalized if it is deemed they are a threat to themselves or to others. This occoured a few weeks after Zeno had taken out a book on the Columbine massacre from his school library, and had later been seen wandering the school with a map, making notes and marking locations.

He was released Wednesday, March 9th, and was arrested and charged with solicitation to commit murder, He is currently being held at the Pinellas Juvenile Assesment Center.

Family and friends had no idea he was in trouble until his arrest when his mother, Amber Zeno, called them to tell them. His family indicated he had emotional problems starting at a young age.

Zeno had been public about being a furry. He was also open about his views on animal rights. Detectives say the teen suspect was studying the book on the Columbine massacre and was in the process of obtaining a list of preferred firearms, and he told the student he was trying to get help from that he was targeting people that had a history of being cruel to animals.

His mother enrolled him at Seminole, but acceptance came hard. And Zeno, a loner, was hard to get to know. He would wear all-black clothing and had a problem with personal hygiene. As for being a furry, he was especially interested in cats and had a fox costume he wore to the Renaissance Festival. His mother noted he had a rich fantasy life.

“I think he felt very rejected and isolated (at Seminole),” his grandmother, Claudia McGrath said. “He wasn’t into drugs. He wasn’t violent. … He was messy. He was on the gloomy side.”

His entries on the deviantart.com website show Zeno’s level of distress over the past months: He uploaded two pictures of himself. Under one, he wrote, “I know I’m ugly.” Under the other, “I’m hideous.” He listed his personal quote in German, which translated to, “Would die in order to be a real furry.” His tagline on messages: “I’d rather die on paws than live on feet … FFL — Furry for Life (Keepin’ it furry since 1998).”

On March 4th, he wrote:

To anyone who cares or anyone who is reading this, but especially my friends; I might be going to jail.

I planned to shoot up my school and was caught while marking a map. I might be going to jail and I’m terrified. This isn’t a joke.

If I don’t send another journal within a week, I’m in jail.

Goodbye and good luck, especially you, Smookie, Brighty, and Silvermist.





More news articles about the arrest:


Daily Mail

News 13

10 News



81 responses

  1. Istanbul

    Wow. Way to give people the wrong idea about us, moron.

    March 15, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    • Anon

      Such a compassionate and unselfish thought…

      The important thing here is getting this troubled child some help, not the impact it has on our online community. Show a little perspective.

      March 16, 2011 at 6:34 pm

      • The person above is dumb.

        Oh shut up. We are showing perspective, for the fandom. How is this going to reflect on the furry fandom? Answer: Negatively. People are going to assume, now, that we’re all bat-shit crazy and going to shoot up anyone at any given moment.

        How about you show a little realistic perspective?

        March 16, 2011 at 11:30 pm

      • Yamato Iouko

        And how will it reflect on us to others that we’d cast aspersions against a kid who clearly needed help? It’s obvious the kid isn’t psycho, he’s just hurting and lashing out at others because he’s in pain. I hope he can get the help he clearly needs.

        March 22, 2011 at 2:43 pm

  2. That sucks. I hope he gets the help he needs. :/

    March 15, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    • Marl

      I don’t think they have the electric chair in Florida.

      March 15, 2011 at 2:24 pm

      • So someone deserves the electric chair just for planning something? Not hurting anyone or killing anything?
        How about we kill you too, since I know you’ve at least had one horrible thought in your head at one time.

        March 15, 2011 at 10:49 pm

      • Yes! Kill all the humans!

        March 16, 2011 at 6:26 am

      • Maroonbunyip


        March 20, 2011 at 12:43 am

      • Lol

        YEAH! He didn’t actually DO anything? Why is he even detained at all!? He should be let free and only arrested once he’s killed everyone at school.

        March 22, 2011 at 5:16 pm

      • AySz88

        *Four* people liked this? Didn’t Jon Stewart do a sketch recently referring to this sort of thing, folks?

        March 21, 2011 at 4:29 am

      • Diz

        saying he needs to die in the electric chair for wanting to kill others would put u right in the chair next to him…

        March 24, 2011 at 4:14 pm

      • Big Shot

        Are you fucking serious?
        No, really. Are you? Because he wanted to kill a whole fucking school full of people.

        March 28, 2011 at 3:10 am

      • I wouldn’t blame the kid I mean look where he lives its Florida.

        April 11, 2011 at 3:32 am

  3. Takuma Lunar Fox

    this is horrible 😦 *ears lower*

    March 15, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    • Takuma Lunar Fox

      *sighs* shit.

      March 23, 2011 at 5:57 pm

  4. Aw hell. Furry really IS the new Goth, isn’t it?

    March 15, 2011 at 1:54 pm

  5. Here’s to hoping this doesn’t make national news. I’d be really disappointed if this managed to push out the seemingly imminent nuclear disaster in Japan.

    As for the kid, its a shame. He should get good help there. Certainly not a reflection of the greater community though. Every group has it’s crazies. We just seem to get more due to our culture of acceptance and an easiness for younger, sometimes radical-minded individuals to join in.

    March 15, 2011 at 3:24 pm

  6. Maybe now that boy will get the help he needs…

    March 15, 2011 at 3:26 pm

  7. NandiBee

    Well this just took furdom back to the basement…~sigh~

    March 15, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    • NandiBee

      And he really isn’t that bad looking.

      March 15, 2011 at 5:36 pm

      • Right...

        Yeah, because, they made him take a shower, lol…

        March 16, 2011 at 11:32 pm

  8. Miloh

    *facepalm* Oh come on!

    March 15, 2011 at 6:31 pm

  9. Embarrassing.

    March 15, 2011 at 8:38 pm

  10. TheIronweasle

    Great, more negative news coverage. On a secondary note this guy wanted to get caught. I mean come on he warned all his friends. I mean subconciously. I’m not an expert but that is what would guess. And ths would have been a billion times worse for us if he actually did it.

    March 15, 2011 at 9:42 pm

  11. Trickster

    LOL. What kind of moron takes out a library book from the place he wanted to shoot up? And walking around marking locations on a map – suspicious much?
    There was no way this dumbass wasn’t going to get caught.

    March 15, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    • DG

      -sigh- Do you think that maybe.. just possibly.. he WANTED to be caught? His actions sounded more like a cry for help.

      Everyone has considered at least once in their miserable existence exacting revenge upon another for something done to them. It’s human nature. No matter how much you claim to be a furry, there is nothing that can change one’s biology and that simple fact is we are all still human and all prone to the same weakness.

      We just want to be accepted for who we are regardless of choices and when someone cuts us down, rejection hits hard and it is just within our nature to want to hit back.

      Although I never threatened to kill someone, I was bullied a LOT because of my national heritage and the way I dressed. One day I finally got tired of the bullying and beat the ever loving dog snot out of the girl who tried to accost me. I went to juvenile detention for it, but after that, people left me alone because they realized I wasn’t going to play the victim anymore. Maybe in the end, that’s all he wanted people to see. He was tired of being the social joke.

      March 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm

  12. This is stupid as fuck. WHY was there any reason to mention he was a furry?
    Remeber back in the day when kids commited suicide and shot up thiongs “Because D&D made me do it”. Did D&D make him do it? NO, we know now its all about bullying and hatred from other kids.
    Way to drag your understanding of people back a couple years fucktarded news…(not FNN) but the actual news networks, they are idiotic.

    March 15, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    • Gaius

      Also the kid himself could possibly use at least a few punches to the face.
      Serisouly, plotting to kill people and ragequitting class because a single person made fun of you for being so antisocial?..

      March 17, 2011 at 5:13 am

      • Death-Hound

        hes actually one of my friends. i wish him luck and pray for him. but what he did was very stupid indeed

        March 27, 2011 at 12:06 am

  13. R.

    Reminds me of the 1950’s Communist witch hunts. Seems like a good idea to get rid of the Communists. But accusing thousands of innocent people? I think not. Seems like a good idea to punish people who are cruel to animals. But killing them? Not so much. Hope you get the help you need brother. And thanks ever so much for throwing another ink blot on the fandom.

    March 15, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    • Random Hyena

      Not just the fandom, but for any quiet kid out there. I have a friend who, after his school did one of those “Rachel’s Challenge” things, ended up going through a lot of shit (ironically enough -_-)just because he doesn’t talk much, and is pretty nerdy. And he’s the biggest pacifist I’ve ever met.

      March 16, 2011 at 12:12 am

  14. Random Hyena

    This is why we can’t have nice things :/

    March 16, 2011 at 12:05 am

  15. Bt_linkdx

    thank for the Bad PR

    March 16, 2011 at 2:12 am

  16. MEGAMAN7659

    o gawd more dirt on the fandom…

    March 16, 2011 at 4:05 am

  17. Sikes

    I live in the next county over from Pinellas. Rather glad that this was discovered before it turned bloody. Both as a fur and a gun owner. Of course the news made a point to mention he is a fur, its because it stands out from what is considered the norm. They needed to have something to pick out to make him seem more out there than someone who was -just- planning an attack. Mass media will use any foot hold to make it easier to demonize someone. Now I say I’m glad as a fur and a gun owner he was caught because had he carried it out, it would have brought a huge amount of negative press to the fandom on a national level. The same way it would have brought up more out cries for gun control. So while it’s sad he felt the need to go that far, I’m glad he got busted. Its better than the alternative, for him, the fandom, and the rest of the world.

    March 16, 2011 at 4:53 am

    • Skirtandzy

      Well, I do not think that the news mentioned that he was a fur just to demonize him. I mean look at the facts… when you think of furries, you think of animals. His love for animals just took an extremist viewpoint.
      If they can relate, the news will use it.

      March 17, 2011 at 3:46 am

    • It’s a depressing viewpoint, but I have to agree with you. The gun control lobby might manage to use this for their own cynical purposes as it is. How much worse if the event hadn’t been prevented.

      April 6, 2011 at 12:50 am

    • It’s a depressing viewpoint, but I have to agree with you. The gun control lobby might manage to use this for their own cynical purposes as it is. How much worse if the event hadn’t been prevented.

      April 6, 2011 at 12:50 am

  18. Redwolphe

    And THIS is why i played a lot of GTA3. Excellent stress reliever and torturing pedestrians in a video game is less harmful as long as you dont act on it of course. lol

    March 16, 2011 at 5:53 am

  19. Most furries are kind hearted people by nature but it’s also inevitable that there are some people like this in every culture. It’s a good thing that the media didn’t focus upon him being a furry and giving the fandom bad rep.

    March 16, 2011 at 6:19 am

  20. Yikes. Talk about your bad press! And I mean bad in more than one way—did they really just show footage of Columbine when none of that happened here? I’m glad they caught the child before he was able to do any real harm and I hope he gets the help he needs. It seems to me that his murderous self-righteousness is probably just a defense against whatever his real problems are, although we’ll probably never know what they are.

    The child seems like he had no friends and didn’t identify with anything other than the furry community. It’s a good thing that our community can embrace the people that others reject. As the community grows and evolves I’m wondering if we can watch out for each other better and prevent things like this.

    March 16, 2011 at 5:14 pm

  21. This makes sense to me because there’s a lot of crazy furs I know lol

    March 17, 2011 at 1:08 am

  22. ifrit

    I can’t believe some of the previous comments. Out of all people I’d expect furries to understand what he’s going through, but I guess you’re all human after all. No, violence can not be tolerated, but did you ever stop to think what happened to this kid to get him to this point? I hope he gets the help he needs and I hope some people at least reach out a friendly hand to him to maybe make his life suck a little less. I thought as a group we were compelled to help and accept others, but I guess we’re just as selfish cold as any other group.

    March 17, 2011 at 5:59 am

    • Guest

      Sure, it’s possible he went through all kinds of abuse, but that does NOT justify his actions.

      March 26, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    • Szayel_doll

      I went through hell and back. Yet you don’t see me on the news because I almost shot up my highschool. Furries arn’t the only rejects of this world. 😐

      March 29, 2011 at 1:47 am

  23. Jester

    Congrats! He was a psychopath.

    March 17, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    • Actually, it sounds like he was acting on hypermoral motivations rather than amoral motivations. He wasn’t planning to just randomly kill everyone who slighted him or seemed to hold him back. His statements indicate he was targetting those who were cruel to animals, ie those he perceived as acting immorally. http://www.hypermoral.com/?ymid=

      April 6, 2011 at 12:54 am

  24. Anonymous

    Well luckily, I say that losely as what I’m about to refer to is mostly bad, there are many more things people are focused on right now in the news, I haven’t heard anything about this outside here.

    March 18, 2011 at 4:09 am

  25. When you’re isolated and outcasted long enough it’s hard to find any real connection with other people. You can end up in your own world ignorant of reality, and full of delusions of your own creation as a result of your isolation. Most of the time it doesn’t get better.

    March 18, 2011 at 5:06 am

  26. Mackdog

    I’m reminded of the Sturgeon Creek shooting, where one kid, similar to this one here, shot another over KISS…

    March 18, 2011 at 12:29 pm

  27. There are stupid deviants (users of deviantART) who are complaining about furries. 😐

    March 18, 2011 at 4:18 pm

  28. Really? I know I should be more concerned about this situation, but where’s all the POSITIVE media coverage related to the fandom? Seriously, was there any reason to mention that he was a furry? I don’t see one.

    March 19, 2011 at 9:04 pm

  29. Monfang

    While I am sure that a lot of people are upset because they mentioned he was a furry, do note that it’s their job to state all the facts. Him being a furry is a fact that they felt had to be stated. It is up to the reader to deem whether or not it mattered and as such it is up to the furries themselves to act accordingly and show the public that him being a furry did not have an influence in his actions.

    That said, I’m glad that he was caught. This is evidence that Florida’s Baker act is effective, even if it gets young kids sent to the hospital needlessly. It works when it comes down to it. Though my question is if the parents could have caught wind of this earlier. I want to know if the kid had shown signs of aggression towards animal abusers when his parents could have seen it or if it was just a resent happening.

    And why does a school have a book on the Columbine shootings?

    March 20, 2011 at 3:32 am

  30. Anonymous

    I hope he gets the help he needs, but still, I can’t help but feel that there’s some blaming of the victim going on here. You know, that mentality that says that if someone dresses a certain way, they’re asking to be raped.

    I’ve endured a lot. I was born mildly disfigured and with other physiological issues that left me mildly retarded and very odd, exceedingly eccentric. I was alien to the people around me, and I had to put up with a lot of shit, the kind of thing that most normal, healthy people wouldn’t even want to have nightmares about. (What can you get away with if you think someone is wholly retarded?)

    So perhaps that’s why I’m empathic to this. I never considered killing anyone though because I’m not the type. If I’ve suffered so much, why then would I seek to perpetuate suffering? I used various things to cling to my sanity and I just about got through it all. I learned though that people can be monsters. Even the most seemingly innocuous, normal people can be real monsters. And if they perceive you to be so much lesser than they, they’ll show you that monstrous side. We’re seeing a bit of that here.

    So he was bullied a lot, to the point where he finally snapped, and he went over the deep end in a way that I just barely didn’t. So I can sympathise. If you have people constantly tormenting you, constantly hurting you both physically and mentally, it can fuck you up pretty badly. It can make you distrustful, and then neurotic, and then insane. Humans don’t deal well with suffering, and if you’re being tormented, teased, and hurt all the time, with no reprieve, then your mind can become all twisted it. It can corrupt your world view, it could have you believing that no people except for those of perhaps a certain group are capable of not promoting suffering. It can make you view many people as nothing but monsters, no personality, no mind, no dreams or desires, just monsters. This can happen.

    He just needed to discover that the world isn’t entirely that way. Oh yes, there are monsters. There are plenty of monsters. But there are lots of good people out there too that make life worth living, and there’s plenty to enjoy about life when you free yourself from the shackles of suffering imposed upon you by others. With the help he’ll get, hopefully he’ll have the chance to discover that. But I’m not going to blame him, because like I said, I don’t subscribe to the mindset of blaming the victim.

    March 22, 2011 at 10:02 pm

  31. Diz

    Whoever has the ability needs to remove his deviant account address from this article… it’s sent so many ignorant people to his page… the comments people are leaving just aren’t right… the kid wanted attention and he got it… no i dont condone his actions, but leaving him nasty comments isnt gunna make u a better person u know?

    March 24, 2011 at 4:11 pm

  32. Soulcat

    i must agree with felicia. there was no reason what so ever to mention he was a furry. seeing this makes me quite angry not only as a furry, but as a human being.

    March 25, 2011 at 1:08 pm

  33. FlawlessDog

    Hope he gets the help he needs

    March 25, 2011 at 4:47 pm

  34. Guest

    The fact that he was a furry was not mentioned by most of the news sites, nor was it made a big deal. A few of the students that were interviewed mentioned it, but there was no blame against furry or anything. Quit taking up arms against everyone who mentions furry and doesn’t give furries amazing praise. Now, if they blamed furry then I could see, but they only mentioned something that he made a big deal out of, and was a major part of his life. How is that an attack against furries? It’s not, it’s relevant information to the news story.

    March 26, 2011 at 9:08 pm

  35. Death-Hound

    it may be bad on what he did but i wish him luck

    March 27, 2011 at 12:03 am

  36. justme

    First of all, everyone who’s saying “this is ruining the furry reputation!” or any variation of that, can go jump off a cliff. Seriously, how selfish and out-of-touch can you be? Every time someone does or plans something horrible, everyone looks at their social group and picks it apart. Just like how one nut shoots up an abortion clinic and all of the sudden all Christians are psychos. It’s knee-jerk and stupid, and really such a small part of this picture. So cut it out. This isn’t about you.

    Second (and more importantly), this kid was looking for help. He told people what he was planning to do, and he made his movements obvious. Nothing throws up more flags than Columbine. I’m glad that he was found before he was pushed to going through with it. I wonder what’s happened to him that he felt so trapped, and to the point of thinking of something like this. I’m glad he’s somewhere he can have an eye kept on him, and hopefully face his issues.

    March 28, 2011 at 3:47 am

  37. Tall Wolf

    -sarcastically- way to represent the fandom dude! 😀

    March 28, 2011 at 8:11 pm

  38. lil blue drake

    Ive been in this fandom for some time now, and the one thing ill say is that really, people in it are morons. Everyone focuses on the fact “omg they said he was furry” rather than pay attention to what he almost did. This fandom should not be a life style. And really when you treat it as a lifestyle youll brag about it to all your little “friends” and sure enough thats the first thing anyone will say when the furry does something bad or mentionable to news or anyone in fact. Alot ( not all ) Furry who do nothing but eat sleep and breath the fandom need to get a life and treat it like the hobby it was meant to be. By all means, You can be passionate about the thing you love, just dont make the stupid decision to flaunt it around to everyone then wonder why later on its mentioned on the news when you do something stupid.

    Really, the only people who would disagree with this are of course the ones locked away in their little fantasy land inside their basements . If a person has common sense really they would agree.

    March 29, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    • Look, on the whole obsession thing I agree wth you, and if he HAD actually killed sombody I would be focused on that. The problem is we get extreml worried when these things happen, because we are attacked so often we develop a bit of paranoia. And well who likes getting blamed for someone else’s actions.

      April 5, 2011 at 1:47 am

      • And saying everyone who disagrees with you is a bit immature, I’m sure there are perspectives you haven’t considered.

        April 5, 2011 at 1:49 am

  39. Doc

    I love how people are bitching about how it should not be mentioned he was a furry and it’s just negative media coverage against furries.

    “I’d rather die on paws than live on feet”
    “Would die in order to be a real furry.”
    “targeting people that had a history of being cruel to animals”

    The news has the complete right to cover the story that he was a furry. Since as you can read, his love for animals was his motivation to attempt to do this and several of his comments concerning being a furry do actually display his state and mindset. Don’t act as if they should keep it out because the media just looooves to bash subcultures. They are doing their jobs, and they did it well. Be realistic.

    March 30, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    • Dude, it wasn’t about the animals, it was a cry for help, it ALWAYS is. And I am proud of the phrase “I’d rather die on paws then live on feet.” It’s supposed to be a rallying cry to stand up to anti-furries and trolls, not to actually incite violence.

      April 6, 2011 at 1:19 am

  40. Cinder

    Truth be known, can’t really blame him, furry or not. Just look at society. Enough litter on the side of the road in my town to fill the grand canyon, everyone so worried about gay marriage that they care less that somewhere right now, a little girl is being beaten by her drunk daddy.
    Even the people here are acting pretty retarded.
    And I’m saying that AS a fur.

    April 2, 2011 at 10:53 am

  41. Cinder

    By the way: yes, I know that admitting that didn’t exactly make me look favorable. But really.

    April 2, 2011 at 10:54 am

  42. Cinder

    By the way: yes, I know that admitting that didn’t exactly make me look favorable. But really.

    April 2, 2011 at 10:54 am

  43. Cinder

    I guess someone didn’t like my last comment. Not that I blame anyone for removing it…

    April 2, 2011 at 11:06 am

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  45. Two steps forward one step back…

    April 5, 2011 at 1:52 am

  46. KijiK9

    “I’d rather die on paws than live on feet.”

    This sickness is spreading. The childish lack of concern for this world and mankind is startling, and HERE we see its symptoms manifested. This is what you get when you say “Fuck this world and fuck all humans.”, something I’ve seen and heard many furries express.

    So instead of working hard to make this world a better, happier place, some choose to add to the misery and try to drag us all down, preaching self-loathing and socio-phobias. In other words, the EASY way out.

    And those are the kind of people who retreat from and shut out the world completely. And from there, they rot into helpless, mumbling, second-handers, and are used against themselves through ignorance and lies.

    April 5, 2011 at 2:04 am

    • “I’d rather die on paws than live on feet” sounds like a perfectly respectable transhumanist slogan to me. Transhumanists aren’t working to make the world a better, happier place?

      I’m not saying the kid was healthy or making the world a better place. I’m saying you need to be cautious not to take valuable memeplexes as collateral damage. Your whining sounds pro-modernity and not forward-looking at all. Not to mention how unfriendly it is to those who have already been rejected by society.

      There were some very good posts earlier in the thread about blaming the victim. Having seen those, why did you feel such a need to post this?

      April 6, 2011 at 1:00 am

  47. I hope he did go to jail. I love furries, but he belongs in the Looney Bin. I hope this doesn’t make Furries seem like worse people. That would be stupid on Media’s behalf.

    April 7, 2011 at 11:18 pm

  48. Rinf89

    Everyone has their motivations, Looks to me like just another angry teen looking for something to guide his anger. I am glad he wasn’t to bright and was apprehended before he did any damage. Although I doubt the Correctional facilities in Florida will help him much : /

    April 9, 2011 at 4:41 am

  49. sham

    This breaches Mr. Zeno’s privacy in a whole new inappropriate way by linking to dA. Consider this article, released March 10, with the tagline “In accordance with our Crime Guidelines, we are not releasing the name of the teenage suspect because he is a minor and it is not yet known whether he will be tried as an adult.” Since his name was released, sure, that’s fair game. However five days later you posted this and you’re linking to his websites, releasing angry waves of people into his personal files. This won’t help him recover when he gets out of jail and reads about how many people hate him for having personal issues to adjust.

    April 11, 2011 at 3:26 am

  50. Derpy H.

    Hahaha, I knew this guy and he was a fucking creep. I’m not at all surprised that this happened.

    April 13, 2011 at 12:26 am

  51. Jesus Christ….

    April 17, 2011 at 1:09 am

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