20 years after Bethel High School shooting gunman makes no excuses, but the media does

20 years after Bethel High School shooting gunman makes no excuses, but the media does

I haven’t posted much about the Bethel High School shooting that happened in Anchorage, Alaska, back in 1997. Back then a 16-year-old Evan Ramsey took a shotgun to the school and opened fire killing Principal Ron Edwards and student Josh Palacios. Ramsey was tried as an adult and was sentenced to close to 200 years in prison. Back in 2008, Ramsey gave an interview to Nightline where he blamed the shooting on everyone but himself. He blamed everything from video games, to bullies, to the kid who taught him how to shoot a gun. He even tried to claim that he didn’t think death was permanent at the time of the shooting.

Now, with the 20th anniversary of the shooting having just passed yesterday, the Alaskan media have spoken to Ramsey and he seems to have changed his tune.

From the Alaska Dispatch News

Ramsey said he is not making excuses or blaming video games, rock music or anything else, unlike how it sounded years ago in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. He is not looking for sympathy. He said he is speaking up to say how wrong he was and to help others, like school counselors, understand the rage that took hold.

“I can’t say that I am sorry enough,” Ramsey said. A correctional officer announced time was up. He said he hopes everyone he hurt will find closure, peace.


“There’s a part of me that will always be sad,” Evan Ramsey said. “Sad for what I did. But the small amount of sorrow that I have, others feel more.”

Evan Ramsey says he’s sorry for his crime and wishes he had known then that his high school years would pass quickly and his frustrations over bullying would be over.

So for once it seems that we have a school shooter that’s finally owning up to the responsibility of his actions. However, that hasn’t stopped the press for making the excuses for him. For example, the ADN headline reads “Evan Ramsey’s tattered life filled him with rage. Then he brought a shotgun to school.” Both articles I link to spend more time going over Ramsey’s childhood then they do about the victims of the shooting. They spend paragraphs on Ramsey’s father being sent to prison for his own attempted mass shooting and how his mother became an alcoholic. They talk about the bullying he suffered at school ad nauseam. Both articles are written in such a way that Ramsey’s childhood is supposed to somehow excuse the double homicide he committed.

If Ramsey is willing to accept responsibility for his crime the press is doing a major disservice by playing up his childhood issues. By doing so, they’re not only excusing his actions but they make them seem acceptable by potential school shooters.

More lies from a shooter

School Shooter: ‘I Didn’t Realize’ They Would Die:

So last night I watched the abomination of a news program that they call Nightline. Ted Koppel must be rolling in his grave. Hold on a sec….Wikipedia says he’s still alive..anyway he must not have been happy with this episode.

Like I posted yesterday most of the program focused on Bethel High School shooter Evan Ramsey. As expected he blamed everyone but himself for the shootings. He blamed bullies, he blamed the kids that gave him the gun, he blamed the kid that taught him how to shoot the gun, he blamed a video game, more than likely Doom, for his alleged idea that death wasn’t permanent, he blamed people who he told that he was going to shoot up the school. He blamed everyone except the guy who did the actual killing, himself.

“I honestly believed that if you shoot somebody, that they would get back up,” Ramsey told ABC News in a recent interview at the Arizona prison where he is serving a 210-year sentence. It’s hard to accept, he admits, but Ramsey said his naiveté left him unable to grasp that firing a gun in the real world is different from firing one in a video game: “I didn’t realize that you shoot somebody, they die.”

“If somebody had said something,” he insisted, “my crime wouldn’t have happened.”

I honestly believe that you’re full of crap.

They also had some twatwaffle on there who did a study about school shootings and did basically the same thing that Ramsey did, blamed everyone but the shooter themselves. He made this quote about bullying in schools…

But the work of prevention should start well before plans for violence take hold, said Pollock. Ramsey, like most shooters, was bullied, and until teachers and counselors deal seriously with bullying and other problems by creating “an emotional connection” with students, Pollock said, schools will suffer from the violence of “a meaner, more vicious society.”

I notice he didn’t mention the parents that are responsible for enabling their bully children. In my opinion the schools don’t deal with the bullies because their parents get all bent out of shape that someone would have the nerve to accuse their precious crotchfruit of being a bully.

School shooter thought death wasn't permanent

School shooter: I could have been stopped:

To be honest I never heard of Evan Ramsey or the Bethel High School shooting until today. It happened back in 1997 before I was the crime blogger that you see today. To sum up in February of 1997 Ramsey shot and killed a student and his principal at his school in Bethel, Alaska when he was 16.

According to the Wikipedia entry the Bethel High shooting may have been even more preventable than Columbine.

Reports say over 20 people knew of Ramsey’s plan to shoot up the school, and two actually helped him. One, named James Randall, taught him how to use a shotgun, and the other told Ramsey of the infamy that would come. Reports say one student even brought a camera to school on the day.

Now fast forward to today, or tonight to be specific. Ramsey is set to appear on Nightline tonight on ABC. Currently he is serving two 99 year sentences. On Nightline tonight he’s going to claim that he thought death wasn’t permanent.

“I honestly believed that if you shoot somebody, that they would get back up,” he said.

What a load of crap that is. If you don’t know that death is permanent by the age of 16 then you’re a complete moron who probably couldn’t tie his own shoes. Two things betray his idiotic school of thought. The first is that most reports say that Ramsey was above average intelligence. The other is that after he killed his principal he stuck his shotgun to his chin but said “I don’t want to die”. So right there to that shows that he knew death was permanent.

Now he’s probably going to try to garner some sympathy on TV tonight or maybe he’s trying to get the notoriety he’s never had outside of Alaska.

I’ll watch but I’m sure I’ll be disgusted.