Today in court 16-year-old Taft Union High gunman Bryan Oliver pleaded not guilty. That should come as no shock. Rarely if ever do one of these cowards take responsibility for their actions. What I’d rather talk about is somethings that were mentioned in each of these articles.
In the top article I linked to it states that Oliver shot at his intended targets because they “annoyed” and “bullied” him. That was from official court documents. Annoyed is an unusual word in this circumstance but in my opinion not surprising. Most shooters like Oliver consider themselves superior in one war or another about those around them. Harris and Klebold were the perfect examples as they thought they were better than everyone else and should have been recognized for the self-inflated senses if superiority.
In the second article a student interviewed by CBS says that Oliver was bullied because he was ‘a ginger’. For the uninitiated a ginger is a person with red or reddsih hair. A few years ago on South Park a running joke was made that gingers have no souls.
If this is what passes for bullying these days no wonder these kids are a bunch of emotional marshmallows. I hate to pull the ‘in my day card’ but when I was bullied it resulted in concussions and broken bones and again not once did I ever think to pick up a gun to solve my issues. We need to stop raising our kids like there isn’t a cruel world out there because that’s all it is.
The headline pretty much says it all doesn’t it. 16-year-old Bryan Oliver is accused of shooting his classmate Bowe Cleveland in a classroom at Taft Union High School last week. The local D.A. announced today that he will be tried as an adult. The name of Oliver’s second intended victim has also been released and his name is Jacob Nichols. Nichols escaped without grave injury while Cleveland is in a medically induced coma after taking a shotgun blast to the shoulder and chest. Oliver is looking at 25 years to life on charges of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.
Most reports are saying that Cleveland and Nichols were in fact bullying Oliver at some point. I’m not going to comment on this as of yet until I see the extent of the bullying that allegedly took place. However no matter how Oliver was supposedly bullied it does not justify trying to blow someone’s guts out with a shotgun. This is definitely not a case of Oliver just trying to scare his alleged tormentors. He planned out his ambush and carried it out with precision and without remorse.
Also as I’ve said many times before has bullying subsided since these school shootings have started taken place. No it hasn’t. It’s only forced schools to try and identify who the next would be shooter be. Nothing will ever be done about bullying in schools until the schools get the guts to stand up to the parents of bullies regardless of whatever threats they may make.