Wis. teen who shot principal testifies he was bullied at school:
Here we go. Now we get to see how rough poor widdle Eric Hainstock had it.
On the morning of the shooting, Hainstock testified, he awoke feeling tired of being picked on at school and said to himself, “I have to get all of this to stop.”
At school, he was stuffed into lockers, had his head dunked into toilets and was called a “fag” by his classmates, he said. As a result of the bullying, he attempted suicide three times.
His classmates’ comments “cut a little deeper,” he said, because at the age of 6, he was sexually molested by his 12-year-old stepbrother. He kept the alleged assaults a secret, he said.
Hainstock’s father, Shawn Hainstock, cried as his son testified.
Wait a minute. I thought his father was an abusive ogre who didn’t care about his son.
When he came home from school, Hainstock said, his parents forced him to do most of the housework. When he failed to do so, he was disciplined.
Hainstock testified that his father often kicked him and also used a wooden board called “the board of education” to spank him.
He said his father also refused to provide him with medication to help curb his attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Yeah, like that. If they were as poor as everyone is making them out to be they more than likely would have been eligible for government assistance where the medication would have cost them next to nothing. Not to mention the fact that ADD and ADHD is probably the most mis-diagnosed and over-diagnosed condition of the modern medical age in my opinion. And which one is it that makes the kids go crazy? Is it being on meds or not being on meds. I forget since I’ve seen both used as criminal defenses.
After loading his father’s 20-gauge shotgun and .22-caliber revolver, he drove to school, hoping he could force Klang to listen to his problems, he said.
Again, no reason to load the guns if his intent was to scare, which it wasn’t. Not only that but what made him think that taking two guns to school to threaten people with wasn’t going to land him in jail. Did he think that miraculously all his problems would disappear and there would be no repercussions to his actions? What a dumbass.
When he entered the school, he screamed, “Everyone get in the office. I’m not f—ing kidding!”
He said he didn’t get flustered when the school’s maintenance man, David Thompson, was able to grab the shotgun out of his hand. Hainstock said he reacted by pulling the handgun out of his pants.
That sounds strangely like the characteristics of a cold-blooded killer to me. He’s lucky that Mr. Thompson didn’t blow him away right then and there.
When Klang turned the corner, Hainstock testified, he pointed the gun at him and said, “I ain’t going to do nothing … let’s go to the office, I want to talk.”
Hainstock said Klang agreed to talk to him in his office, but as they walked there, Klang grabbed him and the gun went off accidentally.
“The gun was caught in the clothing of my arm and when he pulled my arm it went off,” Hainstock testified.
He said he then aimed the gun at Klang’s arm and fired “so he would let go of him.”
After an accidental third shot fired, Hainstock said he was in shock.
“I didn’t think Mr. Klang was going to die … I hoped not,” Hainstock said. “I didn’t plan to hurt nobody.”
“The gun was caught in the clothing of my arm and when he pulled my arm it went off,” How in the hell would he have to be holding the gun for that to possibly happen?
Closing arguments are scheduled for today.