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Bullying excuse already being given in Antigo shooting

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From the ‘That Didn’t Take Long’ Department the Wausau Daily Herald is reporting that Antigo High prom shooter Jakob Wagner was bullied. A former classmate of Wagner’s said that he was bullied since middle school because of his poor hygiene. While I would never condone bullying if someone has poor hygiene habits for more than four years they’re kind of inviting trouble on themselves. I also wonder how many former classmates they had to talk to before someone mentioned the ‘b’ word.

The same classmate also said that Wagner had an unhealthy obsession with guns. Not the Midwestern hunting type obsession but more like the Adam Lanza type obsession. I wouldn’t be surprised if some time down the line someone claims that he had Asperger’s.

I can commiserate with kids who are bullied. I was bullied for 12 years just because I was smaller than everyone else. However I’d like to offer these kids something they don’t have and that’s the wisdom of experience. It may feel like getting out of school will never happen but in reality it’s just a blip on the timeline of your life. Also if you resort to this level of violence not only have you let the bullies win but you become the ultimate bully yourself.

UPDATE 4/28/2016: Unified School District of Antigo interim district administrator (longest title ever) Donald B. Childs says that there is no evidence of bullying in this situation. He also says that ‘the media is at fault for reporting that Wagner was bullied’. He’s not wrong. If you read the article I just linked to it seems that the USA Today family of newspapers are pushing the bullying issue more than it deserves to be.

Also the police seized a journal and teen suicide reading materials, whatever they are, among other items from Wagner’s home.

Shooting at Antigo High School prom

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Last night in Antigo, Wisconsin, 18-year-old Jakob Wagner opened fire on two people leaving the prom at Antigo High School. A male and a female student were struck but both sustained non-life threatening injuries. A police officer who was already at the school patrolling the parking lot heard the shots and returned fire at Wagner. Wagner later died from his injuries at a local hospital. A school district administrator said that Wagner was supposed to have graduated last year but was continuing to work on his diploma. The same administrator also believed that Wagner planned on entering the prom and opening fire there. He doesn’t believe that Wagner was targeting his two victims. So far I have yet to hear of a motive however some reports say that Wagner had recently broken up with a girl who attends the school.

Not that anyone asked but on the Trench Reynolds classification scale I do consider this to be a school shooting rather than a shooting at school. The crime did take place at the school and seems to fit the description of a ‘typical’ school shooting. The only thing unusual about it was that it took place during a prom. To my recollection that’s the first time I can recall a shooting of that type taking place at a prom. While the victims’ injuries were not as grave as they could have been, if Wagner had not been stopped by the officer we could be talking today about a massacre instead of ‘just’ a shooting. Also please understand that my use of the words typical, unusual and just to describe this shooting is not meant to lessen the impact of this crime. Unfortunately in this day and age we do have ‘typical’ school shootings whether you want to believe that or not.

One thing that does appear to be typical about this shooting is that it seems another selfish man-child has thrown his life away by using violence to deal with his own inadequacies.

Sandy Hook documents to remain secret

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A Connecticut judge has ruled that documents seized in the Sandy Hook investigation that belonged to Adam Lanza will remain secret. The judge cited that if Lanza had survived and was tried for his crimes, the court would have ordered the private property returned to its rightful owner.

While it wasn’t mentioned in any article I saw, it could be safe to assume that another reason the documents were ordered to remain private were to prevent copycat shootings. Personally, I’m of the opinion that releasing these documents won’t cause copycats to increase. Conversely, with the release of such documents I believe it can go a long way in helping to identify future threats.

This recent ruling reminds me too much of the Columbine depositions that were ordered sealed for 20 years, along with the infamous Basement Tapes that were destroyed without any public notice.

Knowledge is power and the more knowledge we have into understanding the warped minds of these mass murderers the better chance we would have of preventing future tragedies like these.

Jonesboro shooter released from prison last year

Mitchell Johnson

Mitchell Johnson

After Mitchell Johnson and Andrew Golden committed the school shooting at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas, that left five dead they were only sentenced to be held until their 21st birthdays. Back in 1998 Arkansas had no law where juveniles could be charged as adults. Golden was released in 2007 and is said to be living under the name of Drew Douglas Grant and has remained largely quiet since his release. Johnson was released in 2005 however it took him less than two years to be arrested on drugs and weapon charges.While awaiting trial on those charges Johnson was arrested again on theft charges. After it was all said and done Johnson was sentenced in 2008 to four years in federal prison for the drugs and weapon charge and another 18 on the state theft charges. So you’s think he’d be in prison until 2030 right? Wrong.

ABC News just released an article entitled “The Only Two Living US Mass School Shooters Who Are Not Incarcerated”. I thought to myself that surely they must have overlooked that Johnson was still in jail on charges unrelated to the school shooting. I was wrong…

Johnson was sentenced to 12 years after being convicted in that 2008 incident and was to be eligible for parole in 2011, but then faced four more years for the earlier drug and weapons conviction from the traffic stop, the AP reported. Schisler confirmed the account. Court records show he was released in July 2015 into the custody of the U.S. Probation Office for the Southern District of Texas and placed in a drug rehabilitation program. The office did not respond to ABC News’ multiple requests for comment.

So yeah, he’s out, on parole but still out. I wonder how long it will be this time before he ends up back in jail again. I just hope that he doesn’t end up hurting someone to get there.

Kip Kinkel to use Supreme Court ruling to appeal sentence, second verse same as the first

Kip Kinkel

Kip Kinkel

Late last month the US Supreme Court reaffirmed its earlier ruling that automatic life sentences without parole for teens was unconstitutional. This re-ruling has caused the attorney for Kip Kinkel to appeal the 115 year sentence a then 15-year-old Kinkel received for the 1998 murder of his parents and shooting killing two at Thurston High School in Oregon. The problem we’ve been here before.

In 2013 Kinkel tried to appeal his sentence after the Supreme Court made their initial ruling in 2012. is appeal was denied then because his sentence was not a mandatory life sentence. Kinkel entered into a plea deal of 25 years however the sentencing judge added 40 months for each charge of attempted murder which there were 25 charges. While I’m far from a legal expert I fail to see what’s changed in the last three years.

As far as I’m concerned Kinkel is the only school shooter who got a sentence close to what he deserved.

UPDATE 2/12/2016: To the surprise of absolutely no one Kinkel’s sentence has been upheld yet again.

La Loche gunman was allegedly teased

Dene High School at the La Loche Community School

Dene High School at the La Loche Community School

Again my apologies for being so late on this, as I mentioned in my previous post I was taking a mental break from working on the website but I’m back now.

In the days following the shooting at Dene High School in La Loche, Saskatchewan, The National Post reported that the gunman, who is said to have killed four, had been teased and bullied.

Perry Herman, who also knows the accused, said the teen was teased about his large ears.

“So many of those times that those boys joked around with him about his ears and whatnot, he didn’t get up and say, `You boys stop talking to me like this, it’s hurting my feelings.’ He just bottled it up.”

Herman said the bullying must have been going on for a long time.

Did he strike out at his bullies? It doesn’t seem likely…

“He once said that, ‘Some day I’m going to eff-up (the bully). I’m going to beat him up. He said that like a couple times,’ ” said Janvier.

Instead he killed two brothers, who have been rumored to be related to the gunman, and two school employees. Did this accomplish anything for him? Will any shooting no matter how violent ever stop bullying? For close to 20 years now those answers are still no. Bullying will always occur in our schools and yes I do know how traumatic bullying can be, however mass murder is not the proper response. No sympathy should be shown toward this kid. Instead of doing something to help his situation or bring attention to it he’s become just another killer to be profiled so schools can be more concerned about finding the next shooter instead of offering assistance to the bullied.

School shooting in Saskatchewan, Canada

Dene High School at the La Loche Community School

Dene High School at the La Loche Community School

News reports are still early however Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that five people are dead in a shooting at the Dene Building at the La Loche Community School in La Loche, Saskatchewan. Earlier reports have said there were two dead so it’s not a definite amount of casualties just yet in my opinion. It is believed a suspect is in custody. If the alleged gunman is under age we might not ever know his name due to Canadian laws regarding the media and underage criminals.

While not as prevalent as in the United States Canada has had its share of school shootings. The ones that come to mind are the shooting at W.R. Myers High School in Taber, Alberta, the shooting at L’École Polytechnique in Montreal, and of course the shooting at Dawson College, also in Montreal. Prior to the Dawson Shooting the gunman was a commenter on this site before I banned him.

I’ll post more details as they become available and as time allows.

UPDATE 10:00 PM EST: The RCMP are now saying that there have been four fatalities, a male suspect has been taken into custody and that the shooting took place not just at Dene High School at the La Loche Community School but also a second location that was residential. There’s believed to be two fatalities at each location. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that the separate locations remind me of both the shooting at Red Lake High School in Minnesota and the Thurston High shooting in Oregon where those gunmen had killed family members before killing more at their schools. I’m not claiming that’s what happened just noting eerie similarities.

Thanks to Harding for the tip.

UPDATE 1/23/2016 12:20 AM EST: The National Post is reporting, among other outlets, that the shooter posted a message to Facebook of his intentions to kill. This has not been substantiated by the RCMP however when I was watching the live stream from the CBC the news broadcast stated that the message indicated that the shooter had already killed two people before heading to the school. I can’t say for certain this is the case since social media is a breeding ground for hoaxes whenever a tragedy like this strikes.

UPDATE 1/23/2016 10:00 AM EST: One of the fatalities in the shooting has been identified as 23-year-old teacher Marie Janvier. The two fatalities at the residential area are now being said to have been relatives of the gunman.

There’s also more information about the alleged Facebook message from the gunman…

Just killed 2 ppl,” wrote the young male. “Bout to shoot ip the school.”

“Why?” asked a friend. “Why?”

The gunman is also said to be under the age of 21.

UPDATE 1/23/2016 4:00 PM EST: The remaining three fatalities have been identified as brothers Dayne and Drayden Fontaine who were killed at the residence and Adam Wood who was a teacher at the school.

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

UPDATE 1/23/2016 8:00 PM EST: The shooter is said to be a 17-year-old male. Since he is under 18 the media can not name him under Canada’s Youth Criminal Justice Act. The RCMP were unable to provide a motive and said they couldn’t comment on the relationship between the shooter and the Fontaine brothers.

UPDATE 2/23/2016: Crown prosecutors have said that they will try to have the 17-year-old gunman tried as an adult.

UPDATE 4/18/2016: Crown prosecutors have officially served notice that they seek to have the gunman sentenced as an adult.

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Oikos gunman ruled incompetent to stand trial again

One Goh

One Goh

Prior to the holidays Oikos University gunman One Goh was once again ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial. In 2012 Goh killed seven at the small Oakland university.

Goh was originally ruled mentally incompetent back in early 2013 before being declared competent to stand trial in October of this year.

From ABC 7…

One Goh, 47, has admitted to the killings and said he wants to die and will not participate in his defense.

The lawyer described Goh’s existence, saying he locks his door, doesn’t watch movies or read books or go to group therapy. The lawyer said Goh sits on the edge of his bed all day long, staring into the distance, wishing he could die.

For now Goh will remain in a psychological facility. If he is ever ruled competent he could still yet face trial. Since California abolished the death penalty Goh would not be eligible for it unfortunately.

Possible prosecution in Umpqua shooting

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There’s not a lot of detail on this story but OregonLive.com is reporting that criminal prosecution is being considered in the wake of the school shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. Since the gunman took the coward’s way out the question is who are they considering prosecuting? I can’t say for certain but if I had to take a guess I would imagine it would be the relatives of Chris Harper-Mercer who allowed him to have their guns. Out of the 13 guns that were in his possession a few of them belonged to relatives. Not to mention that his mother was stockpiling her own arsenal.

While I respect the 2nd Amendment, guns aren’t something that should just be lent out to people like letting your neighbor borrow a hammer for a while.

There have not been 47 school shootings this year

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Once again, much like last year, headlines are making the rounds gain exaggerating the numbers of how many school shootings there have been this year. This year the number being tossed around is that there have been 47 school shootings this year and the stat has been brought to us by the same people who made the equally ridiculous claim last year of 74 school shootings since Newtown.

The ABC article I linked to doesn’t even try to hide the fact that the gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety has exaggerated the numbers…

Of those shootings, 26 were classified as attacks that resulted in injury or death.

The 21 remaining shootings were a mix of attempted or completed suicides, accidental shootings or instances in which a gun was fired at campus, including grade schools and colleges, but no one was injured.

It seems like to me that Everytown for Gun Safety is once again using the loosest definition of school shooting. I almost want to say they consider every shooting that was within one square mile of a school was considered a school shooting.

While I’m not trying to lessen the impact of these other shootings and the pain that they’ve cost there has really only been one school shooting this year that fits my definition and that was the one at Umpqua Community College. As I’ve said before my definition of a school shooting is when a student or outsider storms a school with guns with the express purpose of killing as many victims as possible. Suicide attempts, parking lot confrontations and shootings that take place off of campus are not school shootings and to report them as such is not only irresponsible journalism but it’s also fear mongering.

When media presents statistics from a biased source as fact it’s done only for the sake of sensationalism and pageviews. Don’t just read the headline and think you have all the facts. The devil, as they say, is always in the details.