Calgary teen dreamed about shooting teachers after seeing Bowling for Columbine:
A 14-year-old from Calgary was arrested back in April for threatening to kill two of his teachers on the Anniversary of Columbine. Recently the charges against him were dropped after he agreed to what the article calls one-year peace bond.
The peace bond requires the teenager to report to a probation officer, reside with his parents and not have any contact with the two teachers or any students involved in the matter.
He’s also not allowed to go within one city block of the southwest junior high school he once attended, use the Internet without supervision or come into contact with any firearms.
My beef here isn’t with the kid because he told his parents who went and got him help. However as the headline states he came to the conclusion that he wanted to kill his teachers after viewing Michael Moore’s ‘documentary’ Bowling for Columbine.
This isn’t the first time I’ve posted about a potential threat against a school that wasn’t in some way influenced by the film. Yet you never hear the media speaking out about the movie. It’s always video games or violent movies that they usually cite as the cause.
Do I think Michael Moore’s disgrace of a film caused this kid to want to shoot his teachers? No, of course not. I just think if people are going to get into an uproar about video games and the like they should be getting into an uproar about this film as well.
School shooter pleads guilty:
This is actually the first I’ve heard of this one. Long story short, Jon W. Romano, took a shotgun to school fired several times but luckily no one was seriously injured. One of the teachers took a bullet to the calf but that’s the extent of the damage.
What I found interesting was this…
The district attorney’s office also made public for the first time copies of a letter written by Romano before the shooting that was found in his room. In it, Romano talked about watching the Michael Moore documentary “Bowling for Columbine,” which was about teenagers who shot and killed students and teachers at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo.
Romano stated in the letter he was not a “monster.” He said he liked comedies and “to laugh,” and wondered how he was different from the two teenagers, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, who went on the Columbine shooting rampage in 1999 that left 13 students and a teacher dead and injured 23 others. The pair finally turned the guns on themselves, ending their lives.
Now it’s obvious that Romano had other mental issues but this is the second school shooting that I’ve heard about where the gunman had watched “Bowling For Columbine”. Now I say this with tongue partially planted in cheek but if we can blame school shootings on Doom, Marilyn Manson, GTA, and The Basketball Diaries, then why can’t the knee-jerkers blame Michael Moore for inspiring children to kill? His movie deals with an actual school shooting rather than peripheral subjects like the previous materials mentioned. Why is there no call to have his movie banned before someone tries to kill again?
Just a thought.
Columbine shootings echoed in Argentina:
I’m not a fan of The Washington Times. They seem to be a little too right of center. However, I’m a bigger fan of the Times then I am of the Post. Anyway, the article discusses what The Times thinks is the reasoning behind the school shooting in Argentina. They blame the usual non-factors like that the shooter, only known as Rafael S., was a “goth” and listened to Marilyn Manson. They also say that for a recent school project, Rafael S. chose to write about “the suicide attacks of students in American schools”. However, they also make the point that the shooting came just days after the Michael Moore propaganda piece “Bowling for Columbine” was shown to students. Could Rafael S. have been finally pushed over the edge by “Bowling For Columbine”? Is the King of All Assclowns responsible for the deaths of 3 teens? These questions and more will be answered…um…now. As much as I would like to believe that the Assclown King is responsible of course he isn’t. He just made a bad movie. An interesting hypothetical situation to think about would be if this happened in America would people be clamoring to have “Bowling For Columbine” pulled off the shelves like they did to “The Basketball Diaries” after Columbine. It will also be interesting to see what kind of spin the Assking will put on this.