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Memorial Middle School shooter released from detention

Joplin school shooter released from lockup:

Thomas White in 2009

Thomas White in 2009

One of the more the highly debated stories on this site was the one of Thomas White. In 2006 a 13-year–old White walked in to the halls of Memorial Middle School in Joplin, Missouri with his dad’s MAC-90. From what I can discern the MAC-90 is a variant of the infamous and ubiquitous AK-47. Hey look at me doing more research than most media outlets.

Anyway White fired some rounds into the air but the gun jammed. A shell casing failed to clear the gun so when White pointed the gun at his principal the gun did not fire. Only by a freak occurrence was no one killed. He claimed he was bullied but just like in so many other stories the claims were unsubstantiated and no ‘bullies’ were targeted. Even his father, Gregory White, was charged for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

White was sentenced in 2009 to spend up until his 21st birthday in a juvenile detention facility. A decision at the time I did not agree with. Two weeks ago however (always timely that Trench) White was released from said facility. Unlike most shooters I don’t think White is going to be much of a problem any more. According to reports he seems to have actually been rehabilitated. I still say that’s the exception and not the rule.

White plans on relocating to California which is probably for the best. I actually wish the kid the best of luck. Damn, I must be getting soft in my old age.

Memorial Middle shooter was not bullied

Thomas White in 2009

Thomas White in 2009

This is a great editorial from reporter turned teacher Randy Turner from Joplin, Missouri.

Mr. Turner teaches at a middle school in Joplin but not Memorial Middle School where Thomas White bought a semi-automatic rifle to school and fired a round into the ceiling.

In his editorial Mr. Turner details about how he was targeted not only by the local media but also the group known as Justice for Juveniles who believe that no teen should ever be charged as an adult. You may have seen me refer to them as the Kid Criminal Crowd. He was targeted after he said that strong measures should be taken against anyone who brings a gun into a school.

Again its amazing how little actual investigation is done by the media in these cases and how they automatically believe any bullying claim made by shooters.

Mr. Turner has also investigated on his own about Thomas White being bullied and he discovered that White was not bullied at all. Yet this is the rallying cry behind everyone who supports White. This just shows that as soon as any kind of school shooting happens bullying is automatically the first thing that comes to a lot of people’s mind because of what I like to call The Columbine Myth. So many people believe that the Columbine cowards were bullied yet no real evidence exists to support that.

Thomas White sentenced to 10 years

Thomas White

Thomas White

Thomas White sentenced to 10 years in state custody:

Thomas White was sentenced to be a 10 year guest of the state for bring an assault rifle to Memorial Middle School in Joplin, MO, firing a shot into the ceiling and trying to fire a shot at the principal.

In reality the 16-year-old White will be held in a juvenile facility until around his 21st birthday. At that time a hearing will be held to see if he’s eligible for release.

Thomas White enters into plea

Joplin teen who fired gun inside middle school pleads guilty:

Joplin teen pleads guilty:

As you’ll recall Thomas White of Joplin, Missouri was arrested some years ago for firing an assault rifle inside of Memorial Middle School and trying to fire the gun at the principal but the gun jammed. The last we heard the now 16-year-old White was ruled incompetent to stand trial.

Recently he was found competent and entered into a plea agreement yesterday. Under the terms of the plea White has pleaded guilty to two assault charges and the remaining felony charges against him will be dropped.

Sentencing is set for September and more than likely White will be released before he becomes an adult.

Psych exam ordered for Thomas White

Mental exam ordered for school-gun teen:

A judge has ordered Thomas White to undergo a mental examination to see if he is competent enough to assist in his own defense.

If you’ll recall White is accused of discharging an assault rifle in Memorial Middle School in Joplin, MO. He is also accused of trying to shoot the principal but the gun jammed.

His defense is now claiming that White has schizophrenia. If it didn’t work for John Jason McLaughlin I seriously doubt it will work for White.

The judge did turn down a request for White to be released into the recognizance of his parents. You know, where his ex-drug dealer dad had the gun just laying around. That was probably a good idea.

Thomas White trial to remain in adult court

Missouri Supreme Court: Thomas White’s case to remain in adult court:

The State Supreme Court of Missouri has ruled that the trial for Thomas White will remain in adult court.

White was 13 when he discharged a round into the ceiling from a MAC-90 assault rifle at Memorial Middle School in Joplin, Missouri.

Police allege that he tried firing the gun at the principal of the school but the gun had jammed.

Bond reduction denied for Thomas White

Judge denies defense motion to release Thomas White on house arrest or reduced bond:

We already knew that Thomas White’s request for house arrest had been denied. Now his request for a reduction in his $250K bond has also been denied.

Judge David Mouton said that due to the seriousness of the crimes in this case, he was overruling the defense requests.

In October 2006 White brought a MAC-90 to school, fired a round into the ceiling and police say he tried pulling the trigger while the gun was pointed at Memorial Middle School’s principal but the gun jammed.

Judge Moulton said he won’t rule on a request to have White tutored while in jail until the State Supreme Court rules on it.

White’s mom seems to blame the court rather than her son for his predicament.

Norma White said she was “hoping” but not “expecting” a favorable ruling for her son but added afterward: “It is par for the course for everything he has ruled on before.”

That’s what usually happens when you allow your son to take an illegally owned firearm to school.

So it's not about the bullying in Joplin

Middle-school shooting suspect claimed he wasn’t targeting anyone:

Ever since Thomas White fired a round from a MAC-90 into the ceiling of Memorial Middle School in Joplin, Missouri his defenders have declared that it was because he was bullied and the school wouldn’t do anything about it. Yet in recently released documents White himself claims it was because he was failing in school and saw no other option.

The 13-year-old boy believed he was failing four out of his six classes at Memorial Middle School. He felt it had got him “into trouble at home,” and he didn’t see anyway to improve his grades.

How about studying and doing your work. Did you ever think of that. Look, I was no Valedictorian but the only person who was responsible for my bad grades was me.

Anyway the fact that he claims that his failing would get him into “trouble at home” makes me think that we should be looking once again at the White family and not the school.

As I’ve previously posted Thomas White’s father is a former drug dealer who was in illegal possession of a firearm. The same firearm that Thomas White used at his school.

Also White said that he had no target in mind except to scare the teachers.

Thomas White told them “he just wanted to scare people,” according to a statement of facts drawn up by public defender James Egan and submitted as part of a brief filed this past week with the state’s high court. When asked specifically whom he was trying to scare, he’d told them “all the teachers,” according to the brief.

According to police White tried firing the gun at his principal but the gun had already jammed. White even admits to trying to fire the gun.

White eventually “admitted,” during a second interrogation, that he’d tried to fire the gun more than once, although the brief claims this “admission” was elicited by his interrogators with the assistance of his own attorney at the time,

His new attorneys say that his previous defense was inadequate. It sounds like to me he was trying to get him the best deal possible. Now the case is tied up while attorneys argue that White should not be tried as an adult.

White's request for house arrest denied

White’s request to await trial on house arrest rejected:

Thomas White’s request to await his trial under house arrest has been denied.

As you know Thomas White was the 13-year-old who brought an assault rifle to Memorial Middle School in Joplin, MO. He fired a round into the ceiling and is accused of pointing the gun at his principal and pulling the trigger but the gun jammed after the first shot.

His attorneys had requested that he await trial on house arrest to meet his educational needs that could not be met in prison.

White has been charged as an adult but the State Supreme Court will hold a hearing in late February. to determine if White should be sent back to juvenile court.

White’s Lawyers are also trying to get his bond lowered which is currently at $250K.

If all the people who think White should be tried as a juvenile got together I’m sure they could scrape up his bond but for some reason they’re just not doing that.

Thomas White's attorney seeks house arrest

House arrest sought for teen accused in school-gun incident:

The public defender for Thomas White is seeking to have his client put under house arrest while he awaits trial. White is the 14-year-old gunman who fired a round from an assault rifle into the ceiling of Memorial Middle School in Joplin, Missouri and allegedly tried to shoot his principal but the gun jammed. Let’s hear from White’s attorney, James Egan…

“Under our system, the purpose of bail is to ensure the defendant show up for trial,” Egan wrote in his motion. “Here, (defendant) is a 14-year-old boy with no means of transportation. Further, any inappropriate actions of (defendant) during the period he is on house arrest will certainly be used against him if this court grants the requested relief and there is another certification hearing. Moreover, (defendant) risks having the preliminary writ quashed if he flees the jurisdiction.”

The motion also says the boy is entitled under state law to educational services that “cannot be adequately provided” while he is in jail.

A 14-year-old may not have any means of transportation but I’m sure his parents do. And as we’ve seen at least one of his parents isn’t above breaking the law. If you remember White’s father Gregory White was an ex-felon who was in possession of a firearm. Not only that but we’ve already seen what Thomas White thinks of educational services. He fires bullets into them.

It’s his attorney’s fault that he hasn’t gone to trial yet anyway. His attorneys filed an appeal with the state Supreme Court back in September trying to get the case sent back to juvenile court. The state Supreme Court won’t even hear the appeal until February 28, 2008.

Besides it’s not like he’s been charged with jaywalking. He’s being charged with first-degree assault among other charges. House arrest would be a joke.