By now I’m sure you’ve heard that earlier today there was a shooting at Sparks Middle School in Sparks, Nevada. Killed in the shootings were the as of right now, unnamed student gunman and math teacher Michael Landsberry. Reports say that Landsberry was trying to get the kid to put the gun down before being shot. Two other students were struck with bullets but are expected to survive.
As of the time I’m writing this at 7:52 PM EDT the name and age of the shooter, who is believed to have taken his own life, have not been released. Yet already we have at least one media outlet claiming that the shooter was bullied. Apparently the media thinks the phrase ‘those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it’ doesn’t apply to them. Do I have to dredge up Columbine again and remind the media how many falsehoods that were reported that day that have been proven to be untrue yet still persist as legend to this day?
Also I have to bring up the fact once again that bullying is not an excuse to commit murder. In all the school shooting trials that I have written about not once has the bullying defense ever resulted in an acquittal.
If you want schools to focus on bullying instead of worrying about school shooters than stop clinging to the bullied school shooter myth like it was gospel.
I’ll post more details as they become available and as my schedule permits.
UPDATE 10/22/2013: The shooter’s name has still not been released to my knowledge however most reports are saying that he stole the handgun from his parents. No word on if they will be facing charges yet. If history in Nevada is any indicator they probably won’t.
Also as far as the alleged bullying goes there’s this report from witnesses of the shooting.
Before the shooting, witnesses said they could hear the gunman saying ‘my life is over’ and demanding ‘Why you people making fun of me?’ and ‘Why you laughing at me?’
Before he shot two 12-year-olds and killing a well liked teacher.
UPDATE 10/23/2013: It turns out the gunman is actually 12-years-old and the police are not releasing his name out of respect for his family. Still no word on motive.