Category Archives: School Violence

Shooting at school in Estonia leaves teacher dead

Winter Forest flag of Estonia

Winter Forest flag of Estonia

Recently there was a school shooting in the Baltic nation of Estonia that left a teacher dead. A 15-year-old student shot and killed his teacher in the middle of a class with his father’s legally owned handgun. According to the news this is the first of its kind in the country.

In Estonia guns can be legally purchased but each gun has to be registered. A little more restrictive than the US but not by much and very liberal by European standards.

So much like I did in my post about the Russian school shooting earlier this year and in my post about Tommy Guns I have to say that it’s not access to guns that are to blame for school shootings in the US but the sense of entitlement that too many parents are instilling into their kids. And I don’t even own a gun nor do I plan to.

Shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School

Zoe Galasso

Zoe Galasso

As I’m sure most have you have heard there has been a shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington. What’s being reported so far is that one person and the gunman are both dead with varying reports stating that multiple people have been injured. The gunman reportedly took his own life.

In these types of situations it’s better to wait until the dust settles so we have all the information. Usually in school shootings early information turns out to be misinformation. Having said that it probably won’t be until at least tomorrow before I post more about the shooting.

This is not the first school shooting to happen in the Seattle area this year as in June of this year Aaron Ybarra opened fire at Seattle Pacific University killing student Paul Lee.

Sometimes these shooters are looking for fame or infamy with their actions. With the increased frequency that these kind of shootings keep happening more than likely their names will be lost to history.

UPDATE: The dead gunman has been identified as Jaylen Fryberg.

UPDATE 10/25/2014: Fryberg was a popular athlete who was even named his school’s homecoming prince. Reports are stating that the girl he shot and killed was a romantic interest who spurned his advances. Somehow I get the feeling we’ll still here how he was ‘bullied’ somehow. The deceased girl’s identity has not yet been made public.

Two of Fryberg’s victims that were wounded were two of his own cousins, Andrew Fryberg, 15, and Nate Hatch, 14. Both were shot in the head and are in serious and critical condition respectively. It’s one thing to have to deal with when there’s a killer in your family, it’s another when the victims are your family as well.

UPDATE II 10/25/2014: The female victim who was fatally shot by Fryberg has been identified as Zoe Galasso. A GoFundMe page has been set up in order to help with her funeral costs.

The two girls who were wounded are 14-year-olds Shaylee Chuckulnaskit and Gia Soriano. Both are still in Intensive care after also being shot in the head.

My thoughts and prayers go out to all the friends and family of the victims involved.

UPDATE 10/27/2014: I was saddened to read that 14-year-old Gia Soriano passed away yesterday. If anyone knows of a charity or fund that has been set up in her name please let me know in the comments.

Kenny Bartley on the run from the law

Kenny Bartley

Kenny Bartley

In what is starting to be a routine occurrence Kenny Bartley is in trouble with the law yet again. Bartley pleaded guilty to the 2005 shooting death of Campbell County High Principal Ken Bruce. He was charged as an adult and his plea deal saw him sentenced to 45 years, However the plea was thrown out and a subsequent retrial saw Bartley getting time served.

Since his release from prison Bartley already had a few run ins with police. Now police are searching for him on charges that he allegedly assaulted a female relative. Bartley is currently considered a fugitive. If you’re in the Campbell County, Kentucky area police are asking that you call 911 if you see him.

Who would have thought that a released killer would re-offend said no one ever.

UPDATE 10/18/2014: Bartley turned himself into police. It seems the domestic violence issue was that he allegedly tried to choke his own mother after she refused to give him money for a cab.

“Kenneth put his arm around Rita’s neck and told her he would make her pass out if she did not give him the money,” according to the warrant.

Broyles said her son then took the cord from his headphones, twisted them around her neck and told her “she knew he could do it.”

Who is going to have to die this time before Bartley goes back to prison?

The Arapahoe High School shooter was either bullied or held a grudge. Which one was it?

Arapahoe High School shooting victim Claire Davis

Arapahoe High School shooting victim Claire Davis

I originally posted about the Arapahoe High School shooting in Centennial, Colorado here. That’s when, back in December of 2013. 18-year-old Karl Pierson stormed the school with a shotgun, shot and killed 17-year-old Clare Davis then turned the gun on himself. At the time of the shooting his motive was said to have been that he held a grudge against his debate team coach and was actively looking for him in order to kill him.

Recently the Arapahoe County Sheriffs Department released their report on the shooting. In the report it says that Pierson hoped the school shooting would start a conversation about bullying because Pierson claimed he was bullied in middle school. Too many people are willing to take that statement at face value. If you do you’re taking the word of a self-admitted psychopath. Let’s not forget that Pierson was said to have had this obsession with the need to always be right. You don’t develop that kind of personality trait overnight. While Pierson may have seen it as bullying it sounds more like that other people thought he was a jerk. Not to mention that I doubt Claire Davis was his bully. She probably didn’t even know him. And once again the conversation does not turns toward bullying. Every article I’ve read from about the report talks about identifying the next shooter before it happens. If anything school shooters just make the bullying problem worse.

Pierson was just another narcissistic, ego-maniacal coward who blamed everyone else for his own failings. To excuse his actions in any way is reprehensible.

ABC News gets the Columbine effect right, then gets it very wrong

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Please watch the following video from ABC News in its entirety. You can also watch it at their website.

This was a segment by correspondent Pierre Thomas for ABC News’ This Week With George Stephanopoulos. I thought Mr. Thomas did a great job at first discussing the copycat shootings that were inspired by Columbine. It said all the right things without glorifying the guilty. I greatly appreciated how it was pointed out that a lot of the shootings had to deal with mental illness. I wish they would have said something to make seeking mental health treatment less stigmatized but it’s a start. Then at about the 4:12 mark it goes completely off the rails.

At that point Mr. Thomas interviews one Dillon Cossey. Cossey pleaded guilty in 2007 to plotting an attack against Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School at the age of 14. At this point in the interview the bullying trope is brought out. It’s like there’s a mandate for all American media that if you’re talking about school shootings you have to mention bullying in the piece whether it’s factual or not. If Cossey was bullied it didn’t happen at the school he was attending at the time because Cossey was being home-schooled at the time of his arrest.

Another thing that should have been brought up about how to stop some of these shootings is parenting. I would say just about all the shootings that were committed by juveniles could have been prevented if the parents just paid closer attention to their kids, stopped trying to be their friend instead of their parent, and having a modicum of common sense. If your kid has an unhealthy obsession with mass murderers it’s not ‘just a phase’. It means they are in need of psychiatric help. As an example of what not to do we’ll go back to Dillon Cossey. His parents were both arrested after his arrest because they were the ones who bought him a .22-caliber handgun, a .22-caliber rifle and a 9-millimeter semiautomatic rifle.

You get an E for effort ABC News. Maybe next time how about a little more fact checking and a little less dissemination of misinformation?

Pa. school stabber inspired by Columbine

Alex Hribal

Alex Hribal

16-year-old Alex Hribal has been moved from a juvenile detention facility to a mental health facility. Hribal is facing 21 attempted murder charges for stabbing 21 people at Franklin Regional Senior High School in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, back in April. A psychiatrist for his defense says that Hribal is schizophrenic. A doctor for the prosecution says that Hribal is only depressed because he’s in a correctional facility.

That’s all well and good but what I find more interesting is that during the hearing with the psychologists it was revealed that Hribal’s attack was allegedly inspired by Columbine.

Hribal says he related to how the Columbine attackers felt — and that he felt ostracized in school. He also said he didn’t expect to survive the knife attack, that it would be his message to the world. Hribal even wanted to carry out his attack on April 20, the anniversary of the Columbine tragedy, but moved the date because school was not in session that day.

He’s not mentally ill. He’s just another mutant/columbiner who incorrectly identifies with the Columbine cowards. Hate to break it to you kid but they weren’t ostracized. They had plenty of friends and were pretty popular.

Not everyone gets to be the big man on campus, kids. The sooner you can deal with that the better your life will be. Or you can be like this mutant and be looking down the business end of a several decade prison sentence. The choice is yours.

Study says bullying not the cause of school shootings

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You know, I was going to do this long drawn out post on this but what’s the point? I’ve been over this so many times and now there’s clinical support for my assertions.

Anyway, researchers at Freie Universität Berlin conducted a study of 126 attacks against schools in 16 different countries and do you know what they found was at the root of most attacks?

The biggest surprise for the researchers was that 43 percent of the perpetrators had problems, conflicts, or unjust experiences with teachers and school representatives before they went on the school shooting spree.

And since most school shooters are narcissistic ego-maniacs in my opinion the slights from teachers were probably not even slights at all.

Now can we please stop the bullied school shooter trope? Not only is it not true it really doesn’t do anything to stop bullying.

Ga. school gunman sentenced, why Trench thinks it’s too long

Michael Brandon Hill

Michael Brandon Hill

Do you remember Michael Brandon Hill? A little bit more than a year ago he took several guns into the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in DeKalb County, Georgia. No one was hurt after he briefly exchanged gunfire with police and he ultimately surrendered after being talked into it by the school secretary. Considering he was armed to the teeth and had 500 bullets in his possession, yet no one was hurt, I had suggested that he was trying to commit suicide by cop. I was right.

This past Tuesday Hill pleaded guilty to the charges against him. He said that he wanted to take responsibility for his actions. He was then sentenced to 20 years in prison, that sentence doesn’t help anyone. Hill has a history of mental illness, specifically being bi-polar. According to Hill’s brother he was off his meds because his Medicaid ran out, a situation that I can certainly relate to. Even at his hearing Hill admitted he was trying to commit suicide by cop.

“He knew because there were children the police would come there and they would fire at him and he would die,” Deets told Superior Court Judge Mark Anthony Scott. “He is a 21-year-old man who had the deck stacked against him from birth. He reached out for help but our system, as it exists, is not equipped to give people like Mr. Hill help.”

Not to mention, and yes I will keep beating this horse, that seeking help for mental health issues in our society is still stigmatized. His own brother even said that he had ‘the bi-polar’. That’s a great example of how many people are still ignorant of what these terms really mean.

Bottom line is 20 years in prison is too much for Michael Hill. This is someone who actually needs treatment and not jail. Sentence him to a state psychiatric facility? Fine, that I have no problem with. In prison I doubt he’ll get nearly the help he needs.

T.J. Lane escape wrap-up

T.J. Lane

T.J. Lane

Just posting some news tidbits in the aftermath of T.J. Lane’s brief escape from prison.

Lane was in possession of a pitchfork at the time of his capture but what I found more interesting is that prior to his arrest he was disciplined for having Pokemon cards in his cell among other more heinous infractions. The big badass can’t get by without his toys apparently.

Lane is now being housed in the maximum security Ohio State Penitentiary. From what I understand the facility he escaped from was minimum to medium security. He’s in there with the worst of the worst from Ohio. I wonder how tough he thinks he is now.

Chardon High shooter escapes from prison (CAPTURED)

T.J. Lane

T.J. Lane

Out of all the school shooters who are currently serving prison sentences T.J. Lane is probably the last one you’d want walking around free. In 2012 Lane opened fire inside the cafeteria of Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio. WHen the smoke cleared 3 students were dead. Lane eventually pleaded guilty to murder charges and was sentenced to life without parole. At his sentencing he removed his short which revealed a t-shirt underneath that he had scrawled the word ‘killer’ on it then went on a vulgar tirade about his victims.

“This hand that pulled the trigger that killed your sons now masturbates the memory. Fuck all of you.”

Lane never showed any remorse and has been kept in isolation.

Tonight reports are coming from Lima, Ohio that say Lane was one of three that escaped from the Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution in Lima, Ohio.

At last report Lane was at large along with another inmate, 45-year-old Clifford Opperud, who was serving time for kidnapping and aggravated robbery. Neither man is said to be armed and both are wearing prison uniforms.

“All available troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol have been joined by Allen County Sheriff’s deputies and local area law enforcement in establishing a perimeter and searching the area. A Patrol helicopter with advanced infrared detection equipment has been deployed and is engaged in the search as well. The public is encouraged to report any suspicious persons or possible sightings by calling 911.”

With any luck Lima police or the Highway Patrol will catch this coward before he has the chance to harm anyone else. I can see Lane wanting to hurt more people if he were to get his hands on any kind of weapon.

Thanks to Steve Huff for the tip.

UPDATE 9/12/2014: Lane was apprehended five hours after his escape still in the area near the prison. Luckily no one was injured in his apprehension. No details yet on exactly how Lane was captured but I hope he resisted arrest.