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.
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.
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.
Late last month a King County, Washington judge made the journal of the Seattle Pacific University shooter, Aaron Ybarra, public. In shootings of this nature there’s almost inevitable a journal and they almost always appear like every known school shooter is reading from the same script. Ybarra is no exception.
In the first part of the released journal Ybarra talks about how he underwent mental healthcare for two and a half years and how he felt it didn’t help. Considering he went into it on day one determined that it wouldn’t help him it’s no surprise. You can’t be helped if you don’t want to be. He also talked about how he only underwent treatment because his friends and family kept urging him to. If everyone you know is telling you to get help maybe there is actually something wrong with you.
I’ll also remind the anti-pharmaceutical Luddites that Ybarra went off his meds before attacking SPU. That doesn’t matter to them anyway because they like to play both sides of the argument. If he was on meds it was because of the meds. If he went of his meds it was because of the meds. They are the living embodiment of trying to have your cake and eat it too.
Next, Ybarra talks about all the people he wanted to get revenge on for perceived slights against him and his family. None of whom, as far as I can tell went to SPU and none of them were Paul Lee, the man who Ybarra killed. Like most school shooters Ybarra is just another coward lashing out violently against people who had nothing to do with his own inadequacies and over-inflated sense of entitlement.
Then Ybarra notated about how he scouted out SPU and how everyone was so nice and helpful to him. You think that may cause someone to reconsider their actions but not Ybarra. Like most school shooters he’s just a selfish punk looking to make a name for himself.
Lastly, on the day of the shooting he writes about how he used to feel bad about the people killed during school shootings but now he’s being guided by Eric Harris And Cho Seung-Hui. Like those who came before him Ybarra is just another unoriginal loser unable to cope with the real world.
While some may think that this is a good way to make a name for themselves in a few years his name will be forgotten. We may remember the Jesse James’ of the crime world but how many outlaws were there whose names have been forgotten to history?
Apparently it’s not the media’s job to inform anymore but to incite. It’s not about reporting the facts anymore, it’s about how to get as many pageviews and clickthroughs as possible and the best way to do that is to piss people off. For example, take an article from the Seattle Times about Seattle Pacific University shooter Aaron Ybarra.
The headline from the article is “SPU shooting suspect once had AK-47, 7 other firearms at home”. The article constantly mentions that Ybarra’s family owned the guns but not him. The article also goes on to state that the guns in question were stolen from the home and none of the guns mentioned were the one that Ybarra used when he killed SPU student Paul Lee.
The article also obsesses over the fact that one of the guns owned by the Ybarra family was an AK-47. I don’t know why the AK-47 keeps getting demonized just because it’s one of the most mass-produced guns in the entire world. It’s the Toyota Camry of guns. It is no more or less deadly than any other gun but for some reason the media has this obsession over the AK-47.
What really gets me is that while the article obsesses over guns that had no part whatsoever in the SPU shooting it totally buries the lede in the article.
Aaron Ybarra and his family members kept eight firearms in a safe at their Mountlake Terrace home, even though Ybarra had been hospitalized in 2010 after hearing the voice of Columbine killer Eric Harris telling him to hurt people, documents say.
So let’s blame the shooting on guns and not the fact that he’s a psychotic mutant.
While I consider myself to be a centrist on the issue of guns, having guns in the house is not like having some kind of radioactive element in the house that infects everybody with wanting to kill disease by being exposed to it.
What have I told you about headlines that ask questions? The answer of course is no but we’ll get to the why in a moment.
A lot of media outlets are now reporting that the Reynolds High School shooter, Jared Michael Padgett, had a journal where in it he wrote that he wanted to kill the sinners in his school who smoked and used the Lord’s name in vain. As I mentioned previously, Padgett’s family belonged to the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints, aka the Mormons.
I think the Mormons get an undeserved bad rap. A lot of people look down on them including other Christian denominations who view them as a cult. Granted they have some unorthodox beliefs and they’re founding history is full of scandal but for the most part I’ve found that Mormons are some of the nicest and friendliest people I have ever met. They have probably done more good around the world through their missions than most religions combined. Violence is usually not their way. However there are offshoots of the Mormon Church that I would definitely classify as what the professionals would call whack-a-doodle. You know the ones. The ones that have compounds, still practice polygamy, believe in child brides, get frequently raided by the government, and stockpile a lot of guns.
Since I believe that Padgett suffered from paranoia and a persecution complex I wonder if he was researching these more extreme groups that fit into his opinion about guns and possibly anti-government sentiments more than the LDS church did.
Here’s a little tip for you. If a headline is a question, 99% of the time the answer is going to be no. This is one of those times.
A lot has been said about a classroom disagreement that Reynolds High gunman, Jared Michael Padgett, had with his classmates during a discussion about The Holocaust and Hitler. Some media outlets have tried to make it seem like Padgett was a Nazi sympathizer. That wouldn’t be too far of a stretch because there have been previous school shooters who have identified with the Nazis, Jeff Weise jumps immediately to mind.
However the teacher involved with the discussion contacted the local media to put the discussion into perspective. Basically the teacher said that Padgett more identified with the Holocaust victims and others who have been persecuted for their beliefs.
While that doesn’t make him a Nazi it may make him paranoid with the belief that he was part of a persecuted group. Padgett was Mormon but I think the persecuted group that he was really referring to are gun enthusiasts. It seems that Padgett leaned toward the right in his political beliefs and belonged to some pro-2nd Amendment groups on Facebook. Do I think that means that every conservative gun owner is a killer waiting to happen? No, not at all. What I’m getting at is that Padgett may have had a delusional persecution complex and prior studies have shown that a lot of school shooters react out of some form of paranoia.
Kids Padgett’s age have a tough time distinguishing the signal from the noise when it comes to certain political influences no matter if they lean left or right. If he was being fed some kind conspiracy B.S. by some he held in high regard it probably led to and fueled his persecution complex.
This is in no way to excuse what he did. What he did was an act of cowardice and should be looked upon as such.
Oregon school shooting: Gunman identified as freshman Jared Michael Padgett:
The victim from the school shooting at Reynolds High in Oregon has been identified as 14-year-old Emilio Hoffman. So far police have been unable to find any connection to his killer, 15-year-old Jared Michael Padgett. Authorities have said that Pagdett took hos own life after exchanging gunfire with police.
The media seems to be making a big deal that Padgett was wielding an AR-15 ‘assault rifle’. I’m more concerned about how he was able to obtain the gun in the first place. Reports say he was able to remove it from its secured location and was owned by his family. Apparently the weapon wasn’t as secure as they thought.
If you choose to own a gun and you have kids in your home the gun can never be too secure.
UPDATE 6/25/2014: The gun used in the shooting belonged to Padgett’s older brother, but there is still no word on how the gun was secured and how Padgett was able to obtain it.
Prosecutor: Seattle campus shooter went off meds:
Prosecutors in Seattle say that SPU gunman Aaron Ybarra went off his stopped taking his psychiatric medication before he went on his shooting spree because he wanted to ‘fell the hate’. No word yet on what the medication in question was but this will open the door once again for the anti-psychiatry Luddites to blame the shooting on his meds, even though they can never make up their minds if being on the meds or off the meds makes someone violent. With this evidence this leads me to believe that Ybarra was very cognizant of what he was planning since he was supposedly still on them when deciding to go on this shooting spree. I wonder is his mother knew if he was off his meds since she was the one who previously refused to have him detained.
Ybarra is also said to have had the pre-requisite journal in which he noted his admiration for the cowards from Columbine and Virginia Tech. That officially does make him a mutant or Columbiner if you will.
It was also noted that Ybarra may have scoped out other colleges besides SPU. Still no word on motive or why he picked SPU except for when he told police that he had hatred for the world in general.
He is facing a life sentence on first degree murder charges.
UPDATE 6/30/2014: Ybarra recently pleaded not guilty and his attorney is said to be pursuing an insanity defense.
Gunman And Student Killed In Shooting:
One student has been killed and the gunman is believed to have taken his own life during a shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon. So far, to my knowledge, the identities of the victim and the gunman have not yet been released.
I am saddened that another shooting has happened but unfortunately I’m not surprised. Recently there have been three very high-profile shootings in the US, Isla Vista, Las Vegas, and Seattle Pacific University. A lot of times high-profile shootings will influence other shootings but I can’t remember a time since there were 4 that were this close together.
What we can we do to prevent copycats? That’s the age-old question. I think the only way to prevent copycats from sprouting up would not to be report the events at all and that’s not a realistically viable solution. The public has every right to know what dangers lurk in their area especially if it could involve their children. Even if the media was to not release the names of the shooters I don’t think that would go very far in stopping copycats.
Shootings like this are usually a sign of mental illness. I think the best way to prevent not only copycats but these mass shootings in general is to do away with the stigma of seeking professional mental help. While I wasn’t planning any kind of violence I did reach out and sought professional help many times to help with my depression. I am not ashamed to admit it and neither should anyone else. If you need help get it and if you know someone who needs help, help them and support them.