You just had to know it was coming. The media are starting to roll out the excuse for why Eric Hainstock shot and killed Weston Schools principal John Klang. He was abused. He was bullied. He was a special ed student. And to all that I have to ask the usual question of common sense. So what?
While the father, Shawn Hainstock, sounds like a real son of a bitch…
The elder Hainstock kicked the boy several times in the hip area because he was angry that the boy, who was identified in the records by his initials and date of birth, had not watered some pets, the records indicate.
Shawn Hainstock also poured hot sauce and hot peppers in the boy’s mouth for lying and using foul language, and threatened the boy with juvenile court and foster care, according to court records.
…it sounds like the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree…
Whatever his reasons, Hainstock had been a disruptive student for several years at both the Weston School District and in Reedsburg, where he attended elementary school, said Roger Frommund, a family friend.
“(The shooting) shocks me, and yet it don’t shock me,” said Frommund, who said he last saw Hainstock in June 2005.
“In the past, he’s had his problems. Even as a little boy, he was kind of disruptive,” said Frommund, whose grandson attended school with Hainstock in Reedsburg.
And this is supposed to make us feel sorry for him…
Hainstock, who’s being held in the Sauk County Jail, told investigators that students at the school had been picking on him, calling him “fag” and “faggot,” and that staff members wouldn’t stop them.
Welcome to life kid. As usual, I have to reiterate that tons of kids throughout the history of schools in our world had bad home lives and were harassed in school. Except that the majority of them didn’t go on to kill anyone. And as far as the special ed argument goes…
Harvey Schmuker, who lives on property adjoining the Hainstocks’, saw Eric Hainstock around 7 a.m. Friday morning carrying what looked like a car battery.
“I always had an odd feeling” about Hainstock, Schmuker said, but added he was surprised by the shooting.
Hainstock was a smart child, Schmuker said. “I’m sure he knew what he was doing. This (the shooting) must have been cooking for a little bit.”
And the family is already making excuses…
A man who identified himself only as a second cousin to Hainstock asked that the teen “be treated fairly” by the public.
“I think people want to damn an individual for their actions and not take into consideration there are other circumstances that brought that on,” the man said. “What he did was a mistake. By our laws it’s inexcusable (but) I can sympathize with the fact that he was picked on quite extensively by his fellow classmates.”
I bet John Klang’s family and friends wished that he was treated fairly instead of being shot in the head.
There are never any excuses for a school shooting. But it seems that common sense and personal responsibility have entered some kind of suicide pact in Wisconsin.