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Additional charges in Townville Elementary School Shooting

6-year-old victim of Townville Elementary shooting dies

I don’t know why this should matter, but it turns out that the volunteer fireman, Jamie Brock, who was first on the scene was armed. No word on if Brock used his firearm when he subdued gunman Jesse Osborne.

As expected, Jesse Osborne has been charged with a second count of murder, after 6-year-old victim Jacob Hall died from his injuries. This is in addition to the initial charge of murder for the shooting death of Osborne’s father, Jeffrey Dewitt Osborne. Osborne was also charged with another charge of attempted murder as a new juvenile victim was identified. That victim’s injuries were said to be minor.

Prosecutors in South Carolina have asked the court to try Osborne as an adult. As I mentioned before, under SC law a 14-year-old charged with murder can be charged as an adult. The court will rule on this once Osborne has been psychologically evaluated. As of this posting, no motive has yet to be made public.

6-year-old victim of Townville Elementary shooting dies

6-year-old victim of Townville Elementary shooting dies

6-year-old Jacob Hall was the victim from the Townville Elementary school shooting who was in critical condition after losing a massive amount of blood. Unfortunately, Jacob died from his injuries earlier today.

The shooter’s name has also been made public and he is 14-year-old Jesse Osborne. Osborne is believed to have also shot and killed his father, 47-year-old Jeffrey Dewitt Osborne.

My prayers and condolences go out to the Hall family and the community affected by the shooting.

Thanks to @Shearere13 for the tip.

More on the Townville Elementary School shooting

More on the Townville Elementary School shooting

The man who was found murdered was 47-year-old Jeffrey Dewitt Osborne, the father of the 14-year-old shooter. The shooter’s name has still not been released due to his age. The boy allegedly shot his father several times in the chest before the boy called his grandmother in hysterics. His grandmother couldn’t understand him so she went to their home where she found Mr. Osborne’s body. It was shortly after that when it’s believed the shooter opened fire with a handgun on the playground section of the school.

Yesterday, I mentioned that the injuries the victims received were non-life threatening, that wasn’t exactly correct. One of the 6-year-old children almost died from his injuries and is still in critical condition. One witness has said that the shooter had additional ammo with him and it could have been worse if the gun had not repeatedly jammed. The shooter was subdued by a volunteer firefighter who was first on the scene. No motive has been disclosed as of yet, and the shooter’s connection to the school is unknown as he was said to have been home schooled after being suspended for allegedly bringing a weapon to school. One of the students has been quoted as saying that she heard the shooter say that he hated his life. The shooter was also said to be wearing all black at the time of the shooting.

While it has not yet been discussed, under South Carolina law, a 14-year-old who is charged with murder can be tried as an adult.

If I had to hazard a guess at this time, with this preliminary information, I wouldn’t be surprised if the kid turned out to be a ‘columbiner’, or what I prefer to call a ‘mutant’, in other words, a school shooting fanboy. Usually an entitled selfish kid who feels that some minor transgression they perceive against them is worth killing for. As always though, this is just my amateur opinion at this point. I’d also be interested in knowing how the shooter obtained the weapon each time.

Lastly what I’d like to add is that it’s not unusual for a school shooter to kill a family member before they attack the school. Kip Kinkel killed his parents, Jeff Weise killed his grandfather who was his custodial guardian, and Alvaro Castillo killed his father. In many cases when a child kills a parent there are accusations of child abuse, it will be interesting to see if those claims are made.

UPDATE 10/1/2016: The shooter has so far been charged as a juvenile on one count of murder and three counts of attempted murder.

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Shooting at Townville Elementary School in South Carolina

Shooting at Townville Elementary School in South Carolina

Earlier today, a teen suspect opened fire on Townville Elementary School in Townville, South Carolina. Two children and a female teacher were struck by bullets, although their injuries are said to be non-life threatening. The suspect has been taken into custody, and is believed to be connected to a death in Townville that took place earlier in the day. The deceased is said to be an adult male whose body was found at a residence.

I’ll post more details as they become available and as time allows. The only thing I’ll comment on right now is that I’m surprised it took this long into the school year for something like this to happen.

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


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


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.