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7-year-old points loaded gun on NC school bus

Huntersville, North Carolina is a suburb of the city of Charlotte. It’s a pretty nice middle-class community if you can tolerate the weather.

It was two weeks ago when a 7-year-old boy took a loaded 9mm handgun on the bus. The boy allegedly pointed the gun at another boy’s head and threatened to kill him if he didn’t get out of his seat.

Yet another ‘responsible’ gun owner who failed to secure their coward’s toy. You can’t just put a loaded gun in a place you think kids won’t be able to get to. Kids that age will not hesitate to go through all of your stuff and take whatever they think is cool.

If you’re not putting a lock on the gun or keeping it in a safe, you’re just asking to have it taken. Better yet, how about not keeping a gun in the house where there are kids. That ever occur to you, Jesse James?

13-year-old Ark. girl kidnapped my TX man she met on Omegle

Kraig David Van Winkle

34-year-old Kraig David Van Winkle is accused of allegedly kidnapping a 13-year-old girl from Springdale, Arkansas. Van Winkle is said to have taken the girl back to his home in Schertz, Texas. According to Google Maps, that’s at least a 20 hour round trip drive.

Van Winkle reportedly met the girl on the video chat site Omegle. Again, for  the uninitiated, Omegle is a website whose tagline is “Talk to strangers!” Omegle lets people engage in video chats with random people. There are no real age checks on Omegle.

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Van Winkle’s conversation with the girl moved from Omegle to Snapchat. He told the girl during their chats that he could ‘take care of her’ at his home in Texas. The FBI was able to arrest Van Winkle at his home and rescue the girl. Van Winkle has been charged with one count of interstate kidnapping of a minor and one count of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. You can’t cross those state lines, dude. That’s when the feds get involved.  He’s looking at a potential life sentence on federal kidnapping charges.

Once again, I can’t stress this enough, Omegle is not an app. There’s no icon to look for on any of your kid’s devices. It’s a website that you have to check the device’s browser history to see if it’s being accessed. Any device with a web browser, and an internet connection and a camera can access the video chats on Omegle. And if you let your kids use one of these devices without supervision, you’re just opening a window to your kids’ room for predators.

The World We Live In: Active shooter detection dogs

A school district in Sugarcreek, Ohio has purchased a new type of specialized dog who is said to be trained to not only find guns but will engage an active shooter. His name is Sailor and it goes without saying that he’s a very good boy.

However, while it’s admirable that the school district would take proactive steps like this to prevent a school shooting, it should never have come to this.

Between armed guards, possibly armed teachers and now guard dogs, our schools are going to look more like prisons than they already do. But God forbid we do anything about the proliferation of guns that are falling into the hands of students.

Ill. man accused of soliciting 11-year-old on Facebook

Alan J. Beaty

52-year-old Alan J. Beaty of Galesburg, Illinois is accused of soliciting an 11-year-old girl on Facebook for sex from nearby Kewanee, Illinois. Beaty was also said to be allegedly sending explicit images to the girl and tried to arrange a meeting with the child. Personally, I’d love to know the story behind the mugshot, but I digress.

In a perfect world, no child would have to worry about being harassed on the internet but this world is far from perfect. If you allow an 11-year-old to be online without any supervision, disturbing incidents like this will continue to happen. Even by Facebook’s own terms of service, users aren’t supposed to be any younger than 13. Basically, what I am saying is that 11-year-old have no business being on Facebook.



Guns found in car at Alburquerque high school, suspect released

This past Friday, an anonymous tip led to the discovery of two Glock handguns in the car of a 16-year-old student at Atrisco Heritage Academy High School in Alburquerque, New Mexico. Two full ammunition clips were also said to be found in the car. You would think that these guns being found on school grounds would lead to a suspect being held on a rather pricey bond but no. Instead, the suspect was released into house arrest. Don’t worry though, he’s been barred from possessing any more guns and he has a 6pm curfew. I guess there’s no way he can get his hands on a gun before 6pm.

While it’s not believed that the suspect was planning a school shooting he was known to police because of Snapchat posts that allegedly showed the suspect flashing guns and firing them out of a moving vehicle. So more than likely he was probably looking to sell the guns if the Snapchats above are any indicator. That still puts two guns very close to a school and if those guns fell into different hands we could be talking about a much more tragic story.

Also, it’s a joke that the suspect was placed under partial house arrest. What is that going to accomplish? It’s obvious he has no supervision, to begin with. Just because the suspect doesn’t have a prior criminal record that doesn’t mean he’s an angel. It just means he’s never been caught.

So far there has been no mention of where the suspect got the guns. I bet there are some ‘responsible gun owners’ out there who don’t even know their coward’s toys are missing.

Alburquerque Journal

Father of Dixon High School shooter arrested on murder for hire charges

Matthew Milby Sr.

When the Dixon High School shooting happened back in May of 2018, I didn’t post about it. I was not in a good place mentally as far as writing went and only the shooter was injured so I decided to forego the story.

To summarize, 19-year-old Matthew Milby entered Dixon High in Dixon, Illinois with his mother’s semi-automatic rifle. He opened fire during graduation practice. Milby was shot by the school’s resource officer before he could hurt anyone. Milby has yet to go to trial.

Now he may have some company because his father was recently arrested for allegedly trying to solicit the services of a hitman. Dixon police say that Matthew Milby Sr. allegedly tried to hire someone to assassinate two people. The person Milby Sr. tried to hire went to the police. This all took place in July of 2019. Fast forward to February of 2020 and Milby Sr. has been arrested and charged with two counts of solicitation of murder for hire. For obvious reasons, his proposed targets have not been identified.

So why is this important? Milby Jr.’s mother says her son was a good kid and was bullied, however, it appears more like that the criminal apple doesn’t fall too far from the rotten tree. Let’s also add a dash of a  possibly unsecured firearm in the home. According to reports at the time, even though Milby’s mother ‘legally’ owned the gun, her criminal record should have prevented her from owning a gun. She even allegedly denied there ever being a gun in the home.

Christ, what a family.


Florida 'Safe-School' officers are more like Keystone Kops

Since May, Florida schools have had to notify the state when one of their ‘Safe-School’ Officers has what you might call a mishap. Now, these aren’t police officers but armed security hired by the various school districts. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel has gotten a hold of the reports of these mishaps.

One officer was practicing their draw in front of a mirror and discharged a round into the mirror thinking the gun was unloaded. Another officer pawned their service weapon and was carrying a pellet gun on duty. A female officer went into a school restroom and recorded herself naked for her husband. One more officer left his loaded service weapon inside his locked office laying in a duffle bag, There were other incidents in the Sunshine State, but you get the idea.

To make matters worse, Broward County lowered the standard requirements for these officers because they were having trouble filling the positions. This happens to be the same county that Parkland is in. Palm Beach County schools allegedly used a security company that used unqualified instructors and passed applicants that had failed their firearms training.

How long will it be before one of these barely trained ‘good guys with guns’ allows their service weapon to fall into the hands of a student? In my opinion, this is just putting guns closer to any potential school shooters that might be attending one of these Florida schools.

Columbine 'stans' have been a thing for over 20 years

Recently, The Daily Dot published an article entitled ‘People are shook to discover Columbine stans are a thing.’ For us olds, a stan is a superfan of something. The term came from the Eminem song Stan which is about an obsessive stalker-like fan.

But getting back to the Daily Dot article, apparently, #Columbine was trending on Twitter recently because of a tweet that someone posted asking others to supposedly join them in a school shooting group.


This led to a lot of people on Twitter finding out for the first time that there are fans of the Columbine shooting. The author of the Daily Dot article was one of those people who just found out. He traced it back as far as Tumblr which is admirable considering that’s where most of these stans seem to congregate.

However, I remember back to web 1.0 before there was social media and there were these Columbine stans back then as well. When I first discovered them, I called them ‘mutants’ the CHUD variety not the X-Men. At first, they would congregate on pro-Columbine message boards. This is where I read the story who claimed to have sex with Dylan Klebold’s ghost and was carrying his ghost babies. This was only three years after Columbine. I also saw them put up fan sites on places like Geocities. It wasn’t long before they all started amassing on LiveJournal. It wasn’t until a few years later when they started to refer to themselves as Columbiners when they migrated to Tumblr. Today, the majority of these Columbiners weren’t even born when Columbine happened.

From what I’ve seen over the years, the Columbiners identify with the Columbine cowards of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold because they buy into the myth that Columbine happened because Harris and Klebold were supposedly bullied. Spoiler alert: they weren’t. This is also where the trope of the bullied school shooter comes from. The truth is that the majority of school shooters were bullies themselves.

So why is this important? Since Columbine, the overwhelming majority of school shooters were influenced or outright copied Columbine. I even had a Columbiner who committed a school shooting interact with my website in the form of Kimveer Gill who killed Anastasis DeSousa at Dawson College in Montreal before he took his own life. Most Columbiners today are kids in middle school or high school. That leads me to believe that their parents are definitely not checking on their kids’ social media habits, or they just don’t care.

As I’ve been saying for almost 20 years, this isn’t just a phase with kids and too many of them have gone on to commit mass murders of their own. In my opinion, it’s a sign of mental illness that leans toward violence. If your kid is one of these Columbiners get them the help they need before it’s too late.

Guam craigslist creeper sentenced

You can catch up on the story of Michael Louis McCarron here. To summarize, McCarron was a naval defense contractor working in Guam when he was arrested in 2017 for soliciting a 13-year-old girl he met through craigslist. The girl was actually an NCIS investigator.

Back in October, McCarron was convicted in federal court of attempted enticement of a minor and attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor.  During his trial, McCarron’s defense was said to be that since there was no actual girl involved, no crime was committed.

This week, McCarron was sentenced to 120 months behind bars.

The FBI was also investigating McCarron for allegedly prostituting his new wife online.


Why you should lock down your kid's Facebook

25-year-old Jonathan Pagan of Bridgeport, Connecticut was recently arrested for allegedly sending explicit pictures of himself to a 14-year-old girl. Pagan is said to have seen a picture of the girl wearing a party dress on Facebook. Pagan reportedly responded to this picture by telling the girl he wanted to have sex with her.

As most adult women can probably tell you, it doesn’t take much for creeps to leave unwarranted and explicit messages and comments. A lot of these creeps don’t discriminate by age. While the article is light on details, I have to wonder if the girl’s picture was posted publicly on Facebook. That means that anybody could see the picture.

My advice to parents is to review the security settings of your children’s Facebook profiles to make sure they’re posts can’t be viewed by the general public or shared with strangers. Otherwise, you’ll have random dudes (mostly) telling your kids they want to have sex with them.