32-year-old Antonio Berrios of Weston, Florida has previously worked as a licensed child therapist. Earlier today, he was charged with child porn possession after it was discovered that Berrios allegedly posted child porn to his Tumblr account. Tumblr is a microblogging service that infamously banned all forms of pornography from its site late last year. Berrios is said to have used Tumblr for his child porn depository after the ban took place.
This story shows that Tumblr’s ban has been questionable in its success. However, Tumblr has historically reported child porn that it’s found to the NCMEC.
What I find most disturbing is that this predator found employment working so closely with children. I’m sure they have but I hope investigators and the facility he worked for have spoken with the children he allegedly counseled to see if any other crimes have been committed.
This past Wednesday, 15-year-old Juan Mauricio Calderon was shot in Spartanburg, South Carolina after meeting someone through the LetGo app. Calderon was trying to buy a cell phone and had met the ‘seller’ at a home in Spartanburg. In what was believed to be a robbery attempt, Calderon was shot in the back of the head which severed his brain stem. Sadly, Calderon passed away from his injuries yesterday.
After Calderon was found by police, five people had been charged with attempted murder. Those that can be identified are 18-year-old Takyus Hawes, 20-year-old Chizon Richardson, 17-year-old Shyheim Suber, and 18-year-old George Waters Jr. An unidentified 15-year-old is believed to be the alleged shooter and is said to have confessed to shooting Calderon.
I have yet to read a report that has said the charges have been upgraded to murder but I imagine that will be coming soon.
Again, if you’re going to meet someone through one of these marketplace apps like LetGo there is no 100% sure way of guaranteeing your own safety. The best way to greatly improve the odds in your favor is to meet the other person at a local police station. While not the perfect solution, it should go a long way in discouraging con artists, crooks and killers.
The old rules of only meeting someone during the day in a well it area no longer apply as criminals have gotten increasingly more brazen over the years.
Once again, we have to take a critical look at what CNN considers 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.
As I’ve stated before, this is a very broad and misleading definition of a school shooting used as a clickbait headline. From all of the 22 shootings they listed, I would only consider four to really be school shootings since they actually took place inside of a school.
Should we be concerned about all 22 shootings? Absolutely, as they show how prevalent gun violence is in this country and how dangerously close many of these crimes are being committed near children. However, if we call everything a school shooting then nothing is a school shooting and we become even number to them when another one happens.
Mitchell Johnson and Andrew Golden were 13 and 11 respectively when they committed a school shooting at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas. It was 1998 when the pair killed five and injured others. At the time, Arkansas did not have a law in place that could keep the pair behind bars past their 21st birthdays. Mitchell Johnson was released in 2005 but was back in jail in 2007 on drug and theft charges. Johnson was released from prison on these charges in 2015.
Johnson’s cohort, Andrew Golden, was released from prison for the school shooting in 2007. He legally changed his name to Drew Douglas Grant and as far as I know, largely stayed out of trouble. At one point Grant did apply for a conceal and carry permit but that was denied by the Arkansas State Police. Both Mitchell and Golden/Grant have blamed each other for the shooting.
Grant was killed Yesterday in a two-car collision. By most reports, it was the other car that was at fault and crossed into the opposing lane where it struck Grant’s car killing him. He was 33-years-old at the time of his death.
While I’m of the opinion that justice was not served properly for the deaths of the five victims at the hands of Golden and Johnson, I take no pleasure in hearing about his death.
Back in October of last year, 16-year-old Jatwan Cuffie shot and killed 16-year-old Bobby McKeithen in the halls of Butler High School in Matthews, North Carolina. The shooting stemmed from an off-campus fight between Cuffie and a group of McKeithen’s friends where Cuffie came up on the short end of the stick. McKeithen was not involved in the fight but was a witness to it.
Cuffie reportedly took the gun to school to exact revenge against the someone he lost the fight to, but never got the chance when McKeithen said something to him in passing. Cuffie took out his gun and shot McKeithen in the back while students were all around.
Yesterday, Cuffie entered into a plea deal where he pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter. He then received a sentence of 80 to 108 months in prison. So at the most, he’ll spend nine years in prison.
Assistant District Attorney Desmond McCallum said that Cuffie was trying to hurt but not kill McKeithen. In my opinion, that shouldn’t matter. Cuffie opened fire in a crowded school hall and killed someone. I can understand dropping the charge to second-degree murder but accepting a plea deal for voluntary manslaughter is ridiculous.
Having previously lived in the area, I can tell you that Mecklenburg county has a reputation of having a revolving door policy when it comes to criminals. This only upholds that reputation.
Back in June, the Superintendent of Jefferson County Schools in Colorado, Jason Glass, sent out a survey to the families involved with the school district on whether or not Columbine High School should be torn down. Mr. Glass was of the idea that Columbine High should be torn down and replaced with a new school in a new but close location. His argument was that a new school in a new location would deter the columbiners and other gawkers from visiting the school as some sort of murder shrine. This culminated with the incident where 17-year-old Sol Pais left her home in Florida to visit Columbine after buying a shotgun in Colorado. Pais took her own life before authorities could locate her.
At the time that the survey was issued, I was torn on the matter. On the one hand, I believed that Columbine should always stand tall in defiance of the twisted troglodytes who believe it to be some unholy ground dedicated to their cowardly idols. On the other hand, not only was the plan to demolish the school backed by former principal Frank DeAngelis, but I could also see the argument being made for better security.
Yesterday it was announced by Superintendent Glass that the results of the survey are in and a slight majority of the participants said that they would rather have the current school remain standing. The letter that Superintendent Glass sent to the community can be seen here.
However, there was something that startled me that came along with the announcement. In Mr. Glass’ letter, he stated that according to the Colorado Sun more than 2,400 ‘unauthorized individuals’ tread on the school grounds just in the past year. Just imagine how many people, and I use that term loosely, have gone to Columbine in the past 20 years as some kind of murder groupie pilgrimage. Every one of those people is a potential security risk. I knew that there were a number of columbiners who would go to the school but in my wildest nightmares, I would have never guessed that it would be this many of them.
If I had known that’s how often the grounds of Columbine were being violated, I would have absolutely called for the demolition of the school. Not only that, but I would have also had the new school relocated as far away as possible from the grounds of the old school and had the new school renamed with new school colors.
Let the murder worshipping mutants graze around in an empty field. This way it’ll be easier to keep them penned in like the animals they are.
As I am wont to do when I post updates about a school shooting I always ask if anyone outside of the immediate area remembers this one? Even I had to read up on this one. I don’t know if that’s because I’m getting older or because there have been so many of these shootings in the past few years.
Anyway, back in September of 2017, then 15-year-old Caleb Sharpe entered into Freeman High School in Rockford, Washington, with two firearms. He ended up shooting and killing Sam Strahan. Strahan was reportedly a friend of Sharpe’s who was trying to talk Sharpe out of committing a school shooting.
Bullying was given as a motive early on in the investigation but once again a more likely scenario is that Sharpe is just another copycat with a Columbine obsession. It also didn’t help that Sharpe’s parents knew that Sharpe had the combination to their gun safe. More responsible gun parenting at its finest. One of the guns Sharpe took was his father’s military-style assault rifle with a full 30-round magazine to. While an assault rifle is not a fully automatic machine gun, it can still be fired rapidly enough to the point where it’s almost indistinguishable from one.
Yesterday, a judge ruled that Sharpe will be tried as an adult stating that Sharpe had carefully planned and executed the shooting. Unfortunately, Sharpe can not receive life without parole as the Washington Supreme Court has ruled that LWOP for teens is unconstitutional.
I would imagine before too long any jail time for teenage murdering school shooters will be ruled unconstitutional. Yet guns will continue to be afforded more rights than people.
This story is a month old but you should be used to that by now.
Anyway, in the almost 20 years I’ve been publishing this website in one form or another, I can probably count on one hand the number of parents who have been charged in connection with their son’s school shooting. Off the top of my head, I can only think of one and the only reason he was charged was that he was a felon in possession of a firearm.
More recently, the parents of Joshua Owen have been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor which is a fourth-degree felony. Dale and Tamara Owen are accused of allegedly knowing that their son had threatened to shoot up V. Sue Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, and did nothing to secure a firearm in the home.
It was the same firearm that Joshua Owen took to the school earlier this year and tried to shoot at three students. The gun didn’t fire but Joshua Owens discharged the gun into the air. Luckily, no one was injured before he was apprehended.
Before the shooting, when police approached the Owens about threatening statements made by their son, they allegedly denied having a firearm in the home. After the shooting, it was made public that the gun was left unsecured on the top shelf of their bedroom closet. You gotta love these responsible gun owners.
In New Mexico, a fourth-degree felony carries only a maximum of eighteen months in prison. If it were left up to me, these parents would be sentenced to the maximum if convicted. A message needs to be sent to irresponsible parents who leave guns laying around the home. Because it seems the type of people who leave their guns unsecured are the type of people who are just looking for an excuse to shoot someone.
This week Trench talks about the ignorant bigotry (bignorantry?) against trans people in this country. He also discusses Nancy Grace’s regrettable return to the airwaves along with one of the crimes she discussed on the first episode of her new show.