The unnamed 14-year-old gunman from the shooting at Socastee High School in South Carolina was back in court this past week. He was ordered to remain in detention for at least another 45 days while he undergoes a psych eval.
The bone I’d like to pick with is with his supporters.
The boy’s family members and friends showed their support by wearing blue ribbons, the symbol of an anti-bullying campaign. A friend of the boy’s father says, the 14-year-old is a good kid, and the shooting incident was out of character. “He’s got a big heart, and he’s been pushed around, and it just makes me mad, and that’s why, right there, (touching blue ribbon) I want people to realize that bullying thing’s got to stop,” said Jami LaFon.
LaFon believes the boy kept the bullying from his parents and school, fearing that if he told anyone about it, it might get worse. LaFon says he knows the boy will have to pay for what he did, but he hopes common sense will be used and that those who bullied the boy will feel some remorse. “I just hope good comes out of this, that’s all.”
If his friends knew that he was being bullied why didn’t they do anything to stop it? Not to mention his alleged bullying wasn’t the only thing his parents didn’t know about. They obviously also didn’t know about the guns and bombs that their kid was allegedly posting about on his twitter page.
If you want to actually do something about bullying instead of wearing ribbons, which accomplishes nothing, get the schools to actually stand up to the parents of bullies without flinching.
Still, guns are never the proper response to being bullied as not only does that make you a bully but it makes you a coward as well.