The student who was shot by the School Resource Officer at Waukesha South High School has been identified and his name is Tyrone Smith. Smith was 17 at the time of the shooting and has been charged as an adult with several weapons-related offenses. He has since turned 18. Not only was Smith actually armed with a pellet gun, but he was actually carrying two pellet guns. If you’ll recall, Smith had pointed one of the realistic-looking guns at a classmate and allegedly refused to drop his weapon when instructed by police. The police officer in question states that Smith removed his hand from his sweatshirt pocket with the gun in hand. The officer felt that his life was in danger and fired on Smith.
Now, reports are saying that Smith took the pellet guns to school because he was tired of being picked on by other students. He also said that he wanted to use the guns to scare people who had picked on him. And this is how the myth of the bullied school shooter perpetuates. If you look at pictures of Smith he is a physically imposing individual. He didn’t need to reach for replicas of the coward’s weapon to resolve his issues. All he probably needed was some confidence. I know that’s easy for me to say now that I have the confidence I wish I had back in school but here we are. Instead, he made the wrong choice and will now probably have to spend a few years in jail for his actions.
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Back on Valentine’s Day of 2016, Byron Mitchell beat his roommate Danielle Jones so severely it put her into a coma for 24 days. Ms. Jones had placed an ad for a roommate on the Miami craigslist and Mitchell was the first responder. Mitchell is said to have become infatuated with Jones and when she rejected him on Valentine’s Day he brutally assaulted her. It was only a week after Mitchell had moved in. Police even alleged that Mitchell tried to cut off Danielle Jones’ eyelids and lips after she was unconscious. Mitchell tried to claim the attack was in self-defense stating that Jones came at him with a knife.
Earlier this year, Mitchell was convicted of attempted murder. Yesterday, he was sentenced to life in prison. During his sentencing hearing, once again, Mitchell tried to play being the victim by claiming he was bullied as a youth and had mental issues due to a head injury he suffered when he was young. He even tried apologizing to his victim causing her to leave the courtroom.
While justice may have been served, Ms, Jones still suffers from multiple issues stemming from the attack…
“I wanted to go to school for criminal justice and psychiatry and now, I have my 11-year-old brother help me with my math, which was my best subject in school,” Jones told a judge on Monday. “I also used to be able to sing very well. I can’t anymore. I used to be able to dance very well and I can’t anymore.”
“I’m still hopeful that every day I’ll get slowly better but I feel my life has been destroyed.”
If you’re so inclined, Ms. Jones still has a GoFundMe page to help assist her with medical expenses.
Even though this heinous crime was almost 4 years ago, craigslist hasn’t changed. It’s still as full of crazy people as it always was. As I said back in 2016, no matter how you use craigslist it has devolved into the internet’s largest game of Russian Roulette.
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I guess it’s time for our annual post about how Torey Adamcik has had his life sentence upheld by the Idaho Supreme Court again. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the story, in 2006, 16-year-olds Brian Draper and Torey Adamcik brutally murdered their friend Cassie Jo Stoddart of Pocatello, Idaho. They stabbed her to death and bragged about it on video.
From my first post on the murder…
“Just killed Cassie, we just left her house, this is not a f***ing joke,” says Brian Draper on the homemade videotape. “I’m shaking,” replies Adamcik.”I stabbed her in the throat and I saw her lifeless body just disappear,” says Draper.
At the time of their sentencing in 2007, there was a groundswell of support not to sentence them to life. They had conviction been tried, convicted, and sentenced as adults. In what seems like every year since his conviction, the now 29-year-old Adamcik has tried to have his life sentence without parole repealed with his defense claiming that he was too young at the time to understand his actions.
The videotape says otherwise.
Cassie Jo Stoddart
A week after the Saugus High School shooting, a 13-year-old student of Ánimo Mae Jemison Charter Middle School in Los Angeles County was arrested for allegedly plotting a school shooting. Students at the school reportedly heard the suspect threaten a school shooting. They informed teachers who contacted law enforcement.
When police the student’s home they reportedly found a hand-drawn map of the school along with a list of names that could potentially have been targeted. Oh yeah, they also found an unregistered AR-15 with a high capacity magazine and loads of ammunition.
Also arrested was a 19-year-old male relative of the 13-year-old who was charged with possessing an unregistered firearm. He was being held on $35,000 bail.
When there’s a major school shooting like the one at Saugus High School, it’s not unusual for would-be copycats to sprout up in the same region. The unincorporated part of Los Angeles County that Ánimo Mae Jemison Charter Middle School is in is only 45 miles from Santa Clarita where the Saugus High School shooting took place.
You know, a lot of people say that guns don’t cause school shootings and to an extent, I agree. But when kids are being raised in a home where guns are prevalent it shouldn’t come as a surprise when gun violence is their only solution to whatever perceived slight they may have received at school.
Back before the Thanksgiving holiday, an image was posted to Snapchat of a student of Carrboro High School in North Carolina brandishing a gun. Another student added a caption to the photo which indicated that students who attend the school could be in danger. Basically, police interpreted the Snapchat as a school shooting threat and investigated the purported threat.
However, it was a parent of one of the students who ended up being arrested. 38-year-old Orontes Rogers has been charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and failure to store a firearm to protect a minor. No word on where Rogers obtained the firearm, but it’s North Carolina so it’s not that hard to get one.
I think in 2019, I posted more about parents getting arrested for their kids being involved in various elements of school violence than I have in the prior 18 years combined. If parents keep refusing to keep guns out of the hands of their kids, I hope it’s a trend that continues. Maybe then ‘responsible’ gun-owning parents will start actually being responsible.
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Juan Carlos Ramon
33-year-old Juan Carlos Ramon of Portland, Oregon pretended to be a girl on Musical.ly so he could communicate with two girls who were ages 6 and 8. Not a typo. Six and eight. I’m so disgusted by this story I’m just going to copy and paste the next bit…
According to court documents, Ramon encouraged the kids to play a “Simon Says”-type game, where he would send sexually explicit photos of a minor female and ask them to take and send him photos imitating the positions and acts depicted.
Again, I repeat, his victims were 6 and 8-years-old.
Ramon pleaded guilty back in May to child porn and child exploitation charges. Last month, he was sentenced to 15 years behind bars.
On top of that, Ramon admitted to soliciting underage girls for explicit photos for years on every creeper’s favorite video chat site, Omegle. The Musical.ly app that Ramon used has since been merged with TikTok.
Children with single-digit ages have no business being son social media. If your kids are this young and getting on apps like this then you’ve been outsmarted by a grade-schooler. No child has any business being on most social networks and apps, especially if they’re unattended. If they have any kind of internet-enabled device with a camera, then they’re prime targets for predators like this.
I realize I’m constantly repeating myself with these warnings and I may be a one-trick pony, but obviously, there are people out there who still haven’t gotten the message.
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Show of hands. Who has already forgotten about the shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California? Sadly, it’s nothing to be ashamed of if you did because incidents like this are becoming all too common. Sometimes it even feels like these incidents can blur together. Then allow me to act as your memory.
Back in November, 16-year-old Nathaniel Berhow opened fire on the school with a .45 semiautomatic pistol. He killed 15-year-old Gracie Anne Muehlberger and 14-year-old Dominic Blackwell and injured three others. Berhow shot himself in the head and died a day after the shooting.
The gun Berthow used was unregistered and police wondered if the gun was what’s known as a ghost gun. That means that the gun was assembled from various parts that could be purchased from different vendors. Even though the gun is unregistered, it’s legal to assemble guns like this. It’s just one of the many ways that people who aren’t legally allowed to own guns get around background checks and other legal restrictions.
Not too long ago, police announced that the gun was, in fact, a ghost gun. The question now is if Berhow assembled it himself or if Berhow’s late father did. Berhow’s father was said to be a prolific game hunter and quite possibly an abusive alcoholic. He may have also passed his firearm skills on to his son as Berhow was said to have quickly cleared a jam from the gun before resuming shooting. What a legacy to pass on to your son.
I don’t know what’s more disturbing, the fact that an unregistered gun can legally be assembled from parts or the fact that not enough people are troubled that it can be done in the first place.
Yesterday, Douglas County District Judge Jeffrey Holmes ruled that 16-year-old Alec McKinney will be tried as an adult. This came after the hearings in which McKinney’s defense tried portraying the teen as having a traumatic home life who also heard voices telling him to hurt others. Judge Holmes acknowledged McKinney’s harsh upbringing but also acknowledged how McKinney allegedly manipulated those who tried to help him.
“Past performance does not provide persuasive evidence that McKinney will take advantage of services that are furnished,” the judge wrote. “He frequently failed to attend classes at the STEM school, he did not disclose the extent of his drug usage to his mental health providers, nor was he candid and forthcoming about matters related to his mental health to his mother or to his service providers.”
“Based on the totality of the evidence before it, the Court finds that it is has not been proved that the juvenile and the community would be better served by transferring this case to juvenile court,” Holmes wrote.
If McKinney was to be tried in juvenile court the most he could receive is seven years. Now, McKinney is facing a sentence of 40 years to life. The other suspect, Devon Erickson, was 18 at the time of the shooting and is facing a potential death sentence, however, Colorado has only executed one person since the death penalty was reinstated in 1977.
I originally posted about Elizabeth Lecron here. The 24-year-old Lecron was arrested last year for plotting a bomb attack against a bar in Toldeo, Ohio. Lecron and her boyfriend were arrested back in December of last year when authorities discovered bomb-making materials in her home.
Last month, Lecron was sentenced to 15-years behind bars and a lifetime of supervised probation. In my original post, I noted how Lecron not only corresponded with Dylann Roof, the gunman of the Charleston Church shooting but also posted on Tumblr about her obsession with the Columbine cowards of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. It turns out that her Columbine fascination was not just on Tumblr as her and her boyfriend made the trip from Toledo to Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. In one year, Columbine had 2400 unauthorized individuals visit the school grounds as some kind of twisted pilgrimage to their murder mecca. The FBI was able to search the home while the pair were in Colorado.
Lecron says she regrets her actions and looks forward to receiving mental health treatment. I hope she is sincere in her claims. However, I think that this goes to show that people who sympathize with the Columbine cowards are in desperate need of mental health treatment.
Not the gun in question but you get the idea.
While I was doing research for the shooting that took place at an Oshkosh, Wisconsin high school, I found an interesting tidbit about the shooting that took place at Waukesha South High School on Monday. According to several news sources, the student who was shot by the school resource officer was brandishing a realistic-looking pellet gun. I even mentioned in Monday’s post that in the past, students have been killed for brandishing pellet guns in a threatening manner in schools.
In the heat of a moment like that, police can’t take the chance that the gun may not be authentic. What I don’t understand is toy and airsoft guns are required by federal law to have that bright orange ring at the end of the barrel to distinguish it from an actual gun. Why is there no equivalent law for BB and pellet guns?
According to reports, the student with the pellet gun pointed it at another student after some kind of dispute. The officer shot the student in the leg and the arm after the student allegedly refused to surrender the gun. That officer either has the best aim or the worst. As I have mentioned in the past, police are trained to aim at center mass although in real-world situations hardly nothing ever goes as planned.
If your kids have realistic-looking pellet or BB guns I recommend getting rid of them. Or at the very least they should be kept under lock and key and only used under adult supervision. Otherwise, you may have to visit your kid in the hospital before he’s hauled off to jail. Or worse, you may have to identify their body.