Seminole Area Furry Arrested for Plotting Columbine Style Massacre
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.
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.
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