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WI high school student shot after stabbing School Resource Officer

For the second time in two days, a Wisconsin high school student has been shot by a school resource officer. Yesterday, it was in Waukesha, today it happened in Oshkosh. At Oshkosh West High School a 16-year-old male student stabbed the school’s resource officer. This resulted in the officer drawing his service weapon and firing at the student striking him once. Neither the officer nor the suspect have sustained life-threatening injuries. So far, no reason behind the attack has been given.

While the two attacks seem to be mostly unrelated, it’s not unheard of for one attack to spark one or multiple attacks and plots from others.

Did one of the STEM School shooters hear voices?

Over the past few weeks, hearings have been held to determine whether or not 16-year-old Alec McKinney will be tried as an adult. McKinney and 18-year-old Devon Erickson are accused of shooting up STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado where 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo was killed.

During the hearings, the defense put forth that McKinney suffered from mental illness and supposedly heard voices that told him to kill. McKinney was reportedly on medication for this but claimed that he stopped taking the medication because he missed the voices. However, there are some inconsistencies with that testimony as McKinney’s own mother claimed that he would bullshit his way through therapy.  The prosecution questioned the supposed auditory hallucinations asking of the voices were self-described or diagnosed.

A number of school shooters have claimed to have heard voices in the past but as far as I can recall, this has never worked as a defense. The one that sticks out in my mind is the shooting at Rocori High School back in 2003. The teenage shooter claimed to have visual and auditory hallucinations that caused him to kill three students, but in the end, it turned out he was just repeating mental health symptoms that he had seen in movies and on TV. He was ruled sane and sentenced to life plus 12 years.

What I think is more indicative of McKinney’s actual intent is that prosecutors allege that McKinney not only studied the Columbine shooting but also tracked down the social media accounts of Sol Pais. So this leads me to believe that this shooting, like most school shootings, is yet another Columbine copycat shooting with McKinney being just another columbiner.

(Sources)
Highlands Ranch Herald
CBS Denver
Daily Record
News 9

Armed WI high school student shot by police

Earlier today, an unidentified 17-year-old male student of Waukesha South High School was shot by police at the school. The student was said to be armed with a gun. When a police officer approached the student he reportedly refused to comply with orders given by the officer. The student then allegedly drew his gun and pointed it at the officer leaving the officer no choice but to fire at the student. The extent of the student’s injuries is unknown but he is said to be in stable condition.

First off, this student is lucky to still be alive. In the past, when instances like this have occurred there have been fatal shootings by police and the ones I can remember off the top of my head involved students brandishing pellet guns. Police officers are trained to shoot at center mass when confronted by a gunman. It’s extremely difficult to shoot someone in the leg or arm as that’s not only Hollywood B.S. but it still leaves the gunman potentially armed.

However, as always, the question needs to be asked. Where was a 17-year-old able to obtain a firearm? And again I have to wonder if it was an unsecured gun from the student’s home. Most guns used in school shootings are those that were obtained from the shooter’s parents. Yet we still have parents who keep unsecured guns in their proverbial nightstands who seem to be just waiting for an opportunity to shoot someone.

UPDATE 12/3/2019: Later on in the day a student was reported to be armed at Waukesha North High School. A student from that school was taken into custody without incident. The incidents were said to be unrelated.

10-year-old dies after shooting at South Jersey high school football game

Over two weeks ago, there was a shooting at a high school football game in Pleasantville, New Jersey. Two children ages 10 and 15 were struck with the 10-year-old, Micah Tennant, dying five days after the shooting. The game took place between Pleasantville High School and Camden High School. You may have heard of Camden as it is regularly rated as one of the highest crime rates in the country.  Pleasantville, despite the name, is not dissimilar to Camden albeit on a smaller scale. What Camden is to Philadelphia, Pleasantville is to Atlantic City.

I grew up not too far from Pleasantville. It was about a 15-minute drive but it might as well have been worlds away. I grew up in a ‘white people rich’ town on the beach although I never really thought of my family as rich. To hear my dad tell it, we were constantly living hand to mouth although we always had a roof over our heads and the utilities were never turned off. I thought we were just an average family economically. Conversely, Pleasantville was always treated like it was a slum. We were constantly told by our parents to stay out of Pleasantville. My mom would even roll up the windows in the car whenever we had to drive through town. It could have been 100 degrees out and my mom would still have us roll up the windows. I haven’t been back there in decades so I don’t know if it has improved any or not but by the sounds of this story, it doesn’t seem like it has.

Anyway, six suspects have been arrested for the shooting. Four of those suspects are grown-ass men who shot another grown man at a kids’ high school football game. While I have yet to see an official motive for the shooting, it seems obvious that the five of the suspects, including an unidentified 15-year-old minor, had some form of grudge with their 27-year-old target. The adult victim in the shooting was also arrested since he was allegedly carrying a gun that he was forbidden from carrying since he was a convicted felon.  31-year-old Alvin Wyatt is said to be the alleged triggerman. He has been charged with murder and attempted murder.

I know I’m rambling, but what I’m trying to say is that no matter what your socioeconomic status is, no one should have to worry about being shot at a high school sporting event. The shooting took place in the third quarter of the game. The game was called off and the rest of the game was played at a later date in the Philadelphia Eagles’ stadium where no fans were allowed to attend. Only family of the players were allowed to attend.

Micah Tennant’s murder is just a microcosm of where we have ended up as the society of the gun. Instead of watching Micah grow up, his family instead had to lay him to rest. All because a group of ‘men’ couldn’t wait until after a kids’ game to settle their disputes with the coward’s weapon.

11-year-old girl found safe after disappearing with someone they met through Tik Tok

For those of you who may not be familiar with Tik Tok, it’s a mobile app that allows its users to record and share short videos. Think of it as the heir apparent to Vine. Tik Tok’s parent company took over the Musical.ly app and merged it with Tik Tok. As you can imagine, Tik Tok has become wildly popular with teens and younger children.

On Saturday, an 11-year-old girl from Memphis, Tennessee went missing after meeting with someone she met on Tik Tok. So far, to my knowledge, no arrests have been made, however, Memphis police have described the girl’s disappearance like this…

Memphis Police said the girl left the house on her own free will with a girl friend she met on the popular video social media app TikTok, along with a man and a woman. She had not been seen or heard from since then.

Memphis Police say the possible suspect she could be with is a black male with blonde twist in his hair.

She was last seen in a white vehicle.

While this sounds like to me that it could all be just a big misunderstanding, it does show what can happen if you’re not monitoring your kids’ activities on social media. Tik Tok does have a messaging feature but you can only message people that have you on their friends list. As with most social media, per Tik Tok’s terms of use, a user has to be at least 13 years of age to be on the platform. No child should be left unattended on a video sharing platform like Tik Tok. Or the next story I post about Tik Tok may not have such a happy ending.

If there are any updates on this story I’ll be sure to post them.

(Sources)
WREG
Local Memphis
Fox 13 Memphis

Man from MeetMe tries to kidnap baby

Back in the MySpace days, a site called MyYearbook was created as a high school age alternative to MySpace. Since then, mostly through corporate acquisition, it’s become more of an adult hook up site called MeetMe. As with most hook up and dating platforms, MeetMe has its share of creeps as a mother from the state of Washington recently found out.

The woman is said to have met 24-year-old Thomas Lanier over MeetMe and invited him to her home. Lanier allegedly told the woman to shower up because he “wanted her to be clean.”

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Well, if that wasn’t creeptastic enough when the woman came out of the shower her 1-year-old daughter was gone. She found Lanier walking down the street with the child in his arms. He reportedly tried playing it off as someone else took the girl and he ‘rescued’ her. When the woman called for help, Lanier allegedly put his arm around the woman’s throat and threatened her life.  Thankfully, a neighbor intervened and Lanier is said to have run off. According to police, Lanier has even tried blaming the woman saying that she was part of some kind of robbery scheme.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is why you don’t hook up with strangers from the internet, especially if there are kids in the home. Especially with someone from a site like MeetMe that has garnered its own reputation for being a site full of creeps. While it’s not quite on the level of Kik, MeetMe still a pretty dangerous place.

There have not been 44 school shootings in 2019

Once again, CNN is at it with its distorted statistics. This time they’re claiming there have been 44 school shootings in 2019. As much as I want to see guns taken out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them, exaggerating these numbers is disingenuous at best. At worst, it’s causing a panic among school-age children and their parents who are frightened into believing that a shooting is imminent at their school. It’s one thing to be prepared, it’s another to live in a constant state of fear. 

Again, we have to take a look at CNN”s criteria for what they consider a school shooting…

  • The shooting must involve at least one person being shot (not including the shooter).
  • The shooting must occur on school property, which includes but is not limited to buildings, athletic fields, parking lots, stadiums and buses.
  • We included accidental discharge of a firearm as long as the first two parameters are met, except in instances where the sole shooter is law enforcement or a security officer.
  • We included injuries sustained from BB guns, since the Consumer Product Safety Commission has identified them as potentially lethal.

Again, these are very broad and misleading definitions of school shootings. When numbers like this are exaggerated it not only seems to make the problem more routine but it gives gun supporters more ammunition, pun intended, to shoot down these statistics.

From the list that CNN provides, I only consider four instances to be what most people would consider a school shooting. Those would be the shootings at UNCC, STEM School Highlands Ranch, Ridgway High School, and more recently Saugus High School. These shootings resulted in the deaths of five people and many more injured.

So what were the other shootings? A large percentage of them were shootings that took place at school sporting events. Others stemmed from fights that didn’t happen on campus. There were also a number of accidental discharges that resulted in fatalities.

Should we be concerned about all 44 shootings? Absolutely. Gun violence is such a pronounced problem in our society yet there are still those who just ignore reality and think that the proliferation of guns isn’t part of the problem. However, if we call everything a school shooting then nothing is a school shooting and we become even more numb to them when another one happens.

Was the gun used in the Saugus High School shooting a 'ghost gun'?

Before we get to the heart of the matter, the school district that includes Saugus High School has announced that the school will be closed until after the Thanksgiving holiday. However, counseling will be provided at the school in the meantime.

Now, a report has come out that says investigators are still wondering where gunman Nathaniel Berhow was able to obtain the unregistered .45 he used to kill two students at the school. The LA County Sheriff’s Department is working with the ATF to determine if the firearm is what’s known as a ghost gun. If you’re not familiar with the term, a ghost gun is a gun that’s assembled after all the parts of the gun have been purchased separately. I first talked about ghost guns in this post. It’s another loophole that criminals use to get their hands on a gun when they’re prohibited from owning one.

If Berhow did indeed use a ghost gun, it makes me think that the guns that belonged to his father may have been actually secured. Those guns were later confiscated by police after the shooting. It would also show that this shooting was planned well in advance as a ghost gun can not be manufactured overnight. But if he was making a ghost gun the question then becomes how he was able to get gun parts without an adult in the house finding out?

Sadly, we may never know the answer to any of these questions as Berhow seems to have left little evidence behind.

More details in recent search warrants regarding Carina Saunders' murder

The other day, I posted about details released in recent search warrants filed by the OBSI in the murder of Carina Saunders. If you’ll recall, 19-year-old Carina Saunders was murdered in 2011. Her dismembered body was found in a duffle bag behind a store in Bethany, Oklahoma.

In my previous post, I mentioned that investigators were looking into a man by the name of Kyle Savage being a possible person of interest. Savage, allegedly messaged a friend of Carina’s saying “I’m going to bury you next to Carina.”

Now an additional Facebook conversation Savage is said to have had with a man who accused Savage of killing Carina has been released.

“You know what you did, dude,” the man told Savage. Savage reportedly responded to that message with “LOL.”

At one point, Savage allegedly said, “I know I’m so ashamed.”

Is this a smoking gun? It’s hard to say since two men were already arrested for Carina’s murder and let go. Not to mention there was another person of interest who was reportedly the last person to see Carina alive. However, this does seem pretty damning. Still. no arrests have been made and the OSBI is still offering a $10,000 reward for information that will help lead to the capture of Carina’s killer.

To make a tip, call 1-800-522-8017 or email a tip to tips@osbi.ok.gov.

2nd suspect in Richmond LetGo murder sentenced

Tyshawn Andrews

In September of last year, 23-year-old Joshua Grey was shot and killed in Richmond, Virginia after listing his iPhone for sale on the marketplace app LetGo. Joshua was said to have met his assailant alone at a local intersection in Richmond, Virginia. The killer shot Joshua and then took his iPhone. Joshua was able to get to a nearby convenience store where he tragically died from his injuries.

The last we had heard about Joshua’s murder was that the mastermind behind the crime, 18-year-old Demeco Pressey-Robertson, was sentenced to 20 years in prison. More recently, the teenage triggerman who actually committed the murder was sentenced to 15 years in prison on 2nd-degree murder charges. Tyshawn Andrews was 15 when he shot and killed Joshua Grey.  Andrews’ sentence was actually for 25 years but 10 of those years were suspended.

As usual, I have to give my required speech about using platforms like LetGo. First of all, don’t. The majority of these platforms have become rife with scammers and robbers which could lead to violent conflicts. However, if you are going to use one of these platforms, meet the other party at a local police station. While it won’t guarantee your safety, it will go a long way in discouraging criminals from trying something in front of police.