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Partial motive revealed in Alpine High shooting

Partial motive revealed in Alpine High shooting

Alpine High School

The police department in Alpine, Texas, have said that the still unnamed 14-year-old shooter was planning to shoot her 14-year-old stepbrother at Alpine High School. Instead, the 17-year-old girl who was shot interrupted the shooter’s plans by entering the school rest room. The shooter fired at the other girl, wounding her. The shooter then turned the gun on herself and took her own life. What is not known at this time is why the shooter wanted to kill her stepbrother. Due to the ages of everyone involved, none of their identities have been released.

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

Initial thoughts on the Alpine High shooting

Alpine High School

Alpine High School

I’m sure by now you’ve heard of the tragedy that unfolded at Alpine High in Alpine, Texas. A 14-year-old female shot and wounded another female student before the shooter took her own life. As of right now I have not heard anything about the shooter’s name or any kind of motive. I could speculate but there’s really no point in that.

What I would like to address at this point is a quote from this article by the Dallas Morning News

The shooter, who was 14 and who authorities initially believed was another victim, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, said Brewster County Sheriff Ronny Dodson, adding that his department had never had to deal with a situation like this before.

“It’s not supposed to happen here,” he said.

Please, for the love of God, stop saying this. As I’ve said before these shootings tend to happen in smaller communities rather than big cities. I’m sure many of us would have never heard of Paducah, Jonesboro, Littleton or Newtown if it wasn’t for the calamities that happened at these locations.

We need to stop having this mindset, because it’s unfortunately been proven wrong over and over again.

UPDATE 9/11/2016: Authorities have said that the shooter and the victim did not know each other. It was also mentioned that bullying has not been discussed as a motive in the shooting.

Sense of entitlement motive released in Madison High shooting

Sense of entitlement motive released in Madison High shooting

Previously, I’ve complained that Madison High shooter, James Austin Hancock, received a ridiculously light sentence for shooting three people at point-blank range in the school’s cafeteria. Hancock was charged as a juvenile since he was 14 at the time of the shooting and was sentenced to be held in juvenile detention until his 21st birthday. I was of the belief that Hancock should have been charged as an adult and for three attempted murder charges should have received a great deal of prison time. Now that the motive for the shooting has been made public I am even more steadfast in that belief.

In court documents that have recently been made public, Hancock claims the reason he shot three of his classmates was because he had it ‘rough’ at home. In case you were wondering, yes those are sarcasm quotes around the word rough. Here’s how ‘rough’ Hancock supposedly had it…

“The reason he gave for shooting was his home life. His mom doesn’t watch any of his sporting events and dad was on his case for his grades and has a lot of chores. Hancock further stated he was always grounded (at least seven months out of the year),” the investigation report says.

Please forgive my language, because I’m trying to be more professional in my writing, but are you fucking kidding me? Hancock shot three kids at point-blank range because he was grounded and didn’t want to do his fucking chores? For this degree of sociopathy he was only sentenced to less than six years. This is one of the biggest miscarriages of justice that I’ve written about on this website in the past 16 years.

Once again another school shooter who is nothing more than a selfish coward who resorts to violence instead of dealing with his own inadequacies.

Mother of Antigo shooter says shooting was ‘suicide by cop’

Mother of Antigo shooter says shooting was 'suicide by cop'

The mother of Antigo High School shooter Jakob Wagner is claiming that her son was not committing a school shooting but was there to commit what’s known as ‘suicide by cop’. She claims that her son was so adept with guns that if he wanted to kill someone, those he shot would be dead. I can’t dismiss that as a possible scenario but the fact remains that he did shoot two people who luckily survived their injuries. What would have happened if the police officer patrolling the school parking lot wasn’t there? Would he have continued shooting people until there was a police response? How many people was he willing to kill in order for the police to kill him? While I can’t dismiss that as a possible motive I don’t buy it either.

On another note however, the bullying trope is being wheeled out yet again…

Despite being an inquisitive, bright child, Jakob Wagner struggled in elementary school. He lacked focus in school, sometimes fell asleep in class and didn’t want to go to school because other children teased about the way he talked.

“He had a lisp, and there were kids who picked on him for that,” his mother said.

Initially, the bullying was about the lisp and progressed to taunts about his short stature, his personal hygiene, his reluctance to participate in class and sports and the simple fact that he was poor.

Yet later on in the article she talks about how many friends he had in high school and how the bullying had lessened.

What the news doesn’t seem to be fixated on is an incident where he killed the family pet bird with a BB gun in a rage, apologized to his mother about it, then had no recollection of it the next day.

But yeah let’s blame bullying rather than mental illness.

Wagner was very close to receiving his diploma. If he had just bided his time he wouldn’t have had to deal with the school anymore. Instead he gave in to his selfish desire to inflict violence on others. A hard life is no excuse for a mass shooting. If it were most of us would either be dead or in jail.

UPDATE 7/31/2016: Earlier this month, prosecutors cleared the police officer of any wrongdoing saying that lethal force was justified.

Bullying excuse already being given in Antigo shooting

Antigohighschool

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

Antigohighschool

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

sandyhook

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.