According to an FBI witness, Ciccolo's plans included executions of non-Muslim students, broadcast live over the internet. He also allegedly wanted to use pressure cookers like the ones used in the Boston Marathon Bombings, an event at which his father was one of the first responders.
During the course of the investigation, Ciccolo was recorded calling the June 2015 terrorist attack on a beach in Tunisia, "awesome." And authorities say that, like so many other young ISIS-inspired extremists, Ciccolo used social media to praise the terror group's work.
He appeared in a U.S. District Court, July 14, 2015, and was held without bail because authorities consider him extremely dangerous. They say he acknowledged trying to build explosives with an accelerant that would stick to the skin, making the fire more difficult to put out. After his arrest, he reportedly stabbed a nurse with a pen, during a routine medical exam.