Herve Pizzinat was the Headmaster at Alexis de Tocqueville High School in Grasse, France, who tried to reason with shooter Kylian Barbey while suffering from a bullet wound. Mr. Pizzinat was awarded the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest honor, for his actions. The Legion d’Honneur was established by Napoleon in 1802. The newly honored Headmaster returned to the school earlier this week.
Meanwhile, it seems the shooter’s parents did have concerns about their child’s behavior…
The teenager’s parents had previously expressed concern about his attraction to weapons and violent video games, however a psychiatrist said he was “quite normal and there was no need to worry”, his lawyer told journalists.
Before I get to my main point, as a gamer I wanted to point out that violent video games do not make someone a killer, however, a number of school shooters have been avid fans of the first person shooter genre.
What’s even more disturbing than that, were the passages from her journal that were released. It seemed she really was set on being the first female school shooter…
“By definition, a school shooter has to be attending the school they target at the time of the attack, and I haven’t found a single woman who has fulfilled that criteria,” the passage reads in part, according to Nicole Ann Cevario’s charging documents. “Guess it’s meant to be me. Yes, I know it’s meant to be me. This is what I’m supposed to do. Maybe not with my life, but with my death.”
While she may have been the first female school shooter if she had succeeded, her reasoning seemed to be the same old song and dance of every other shooter and would-be shooter.
“… It just really hit me this afternoon,” Cevario wrote in one passage, according to the charging documents. “I realize [sic] I was going to die surrounded by people I hate in a building I hate.”
In my opinion, it seems that Cevario was just another in a long list of cretins who thought they were better than everyone else for whatever reason, and the only way to solve their own inadequacies was through violence. To put it bluntly, she’d be far from first on a list of cowardly losers.
The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office released details of Cevario’s journal, in which she reportedly said that she would be the first female mass shooter. In my previous post, I pondered if Cevario was a columbiner, which means someone who is a fan of school shootings. Back in the day, I used to call them mutants since they are a mutation of society, but the internet has dubbed them as columbiners which is a more press friendly word. As it turns out, she was more than likely a columbiner as she spoke of both Columbine and Sandy Hook in her journal, allegedly detailing the ‘mistakes’ those cowards made.
One ‘mistake’ she made was waiting until she was 18 before being arrested. In most of these cases it’s debated if the suspect should be tried as an adult. If found guilty she will probably be sentenced to a lengthy prison stay. My only worry is that she will go on to inspire other females to pick up where she was thwarted. As I’ve said before, females tend to be accomplices rather than shooters themselves. Here’s hoping we don’t start seeing a reversal in that trend.
I’m sorry I’m over a week late in posting about this, I’ve been dealing with some minor inconveniences that have put my non-existent posting schedule into a backlog. Then again, when it comes to stories like these, it’s always better to wait until getting all the facts. Maybe not nine days of waiting, but here we are. So let’s get on to it.
On March 16th, 16-year-old Kylian Barbey stormed into Alexis de Tocqueville High School, or as it’s locally called, the Alexis de Tocqueville lycee, with a shotgun and ‘training’ grenades. (Flash-bangs maybe?) Barbey is accused of injuring three people at the school, including the Headmaster, Herve Pizzinat. Mr. Pizzinat is said to have not been the intended target, while two other students were struck by ricocheting bullets. Barbey reportedly told Mr. Pizzinat that “It’s not you I’m after.” The wounded Headmaster was said to have tried to talk Barbey into disarming even after being shot. Barbey was said to have been quickly apprehended by police. One witness had said that Barbey “seemed to be a student and not very big. He shot in the air and ran away.” That seems about right, a coward acting in a cowardly way. One witness said that Barbey had been allegedly bullied by classmates, but then the question remains, was he bullied because he was already an antisocial school shooting fanatic? While there were reports of a second gunman, as there usually are, this turned out to be untrue.
What comes as no surprise to me is that Barbey was a columbiner, or a school shooting fanboy for lack of a better word. Barbey is so much of a columbiner, that he’s almost a parody of what people think school shooters are. Reports say that he changed his name to Killian on his Facebook page and that on his Facebook page he had a picture inspired by the crass video game Hatred. On his YouTube page he only had a video of the movie Zero Day, which is a ‘found footage’ movie about a fictional school shooting. While it’s actually a good movie, it’s also become a hit among the cult-like columbiners. He is also said to have subscribed to the YouTube channel of Marilyn Manson. Manson was incorrectly blamed for having some type of influence on the Columbine shooting. I’m surprised he wasn’t subscribed to Rammstein’s YouTube channel since that was who the Columbine cowards actually listened to. He also had a playlist on Youtube entitled ‘Columbine’ that included saved videos about US school shootings. You might be surprised about how many of them are on YouTube, but that’s a rant for another day, especially considering YouTube’s latest controversy about hate speech and advertising, but I digress.
A day after the shooting, both Barbey’s best friend and his friend’s brother were arrested for allegedly assisting Barbey. The 17-year-old friend was also said to have been a columbiner. The friend was said to have sent a letter to “an American prisoner in the state of Ohio who is serving a sentence for committing three murders at a high school.” It’s not hard to surmise that they must be talking about T.J. Lane, who killed three students during a shooting spree at Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio. After the shooting in Ohio, Lane amassed a number of his own misguided followers.
The guns used in the shooting were said to have belonged to his parents and grandparents which allows me to bring up one of my usual points. While Barbey’s father is described as a right-wing municipal councilor in the town of Grasse, I’m more curious to know who was actually checking up on his son’s behavior as it doesn’t appear to be something that just started overnight.
What also gets me is that this punk is only 16-years-old. He wasn’t even alive when Columbine happened, yet he still encapsulates the same sense of selfish entitlement that his cowardly heroes imbue.
Now that I’m tuned in to the story, I’ll be posting more updates as they become available and as time allows.
Ybarra had also previously claimed that his plan was instructed to him by God and Satan. However, the prosecution noted that Ybarra didn’t make any such claims until he had already been in detention and heard talk of ‘God’s plan’ through ministries in jail.
There has been a lot of speculation that Ybarra is somehow representative of the failure of mental healthcare in this country. Let’s not forget that Ybarra was receiving treatment, but not only did he discount the treatment from day one, but also went off his meds so he could ‘feel the hate’.
So don’t shed a tear for Ybarra, he’s going exactly where he belongs for the rest of his natural life, away from society where he can’t hurt anyone anymore.
Normally, I don’t like to post the mug shots of school shooters and plotters anymore, because it gives them some of the attention that they’re usually craving. However in this case, I mean come on, just look at him. How could I not?
A Facebook post on December 10th read as follows: “So, I might be buying a AR-15 with a laser red dot on it and (expletive) semi-auto too .22 caliber. Just waiting on the background check.”
On December 11th, Bagemehl’s Facebook post reads as follows: “Someone needs to do a school shooting around here. It would be funny as (expletive).”
Then on December 12th, Bagemehl’s Facebook post reads as follows: “My AR-15 style rifle, my 715T Mossberg semi-auto rifle with 300 rounds with red dot laser sight.” The post was accompanied by two photos of the rifle in its open case.
Bagemehl also commented on a separate post with two photos of an assault rifle and said “Ima live by the gun, die by the gun, Ima die holding a gun” (sic).
Maybe background checks should include a check of social media, or at least a proper check of diction.
Not surprisingly, Bagemehl was fond of watching videos of Columbine, along with videos of ISIS beheading their victims. He claimed that the videos were stress relievers for him so he wouldn’t shoot people, and that they ‘never get old’.
Like most of these cretins he appears to have an over-inflated sense of self-worth…
When investigators interviewed Bagemehl, the criminal complaint says he “spontaneously stated ‘(expletive) are calling on me every time I post a gun on Facebook.’” The defendant stated “he didn’t care what ‘other’ people thought and that it would be ‘funny’ if someone did a school shooting in Sheboygan.”
According to police, Bagemehl’s mother had told them back in January that her son was schizophrenic and bipolar. He is said to have told police that he ‘might’ be off his medication.
Sadly, even with all he weapons and ammo police are said to have found he’s only looking at three years behind bars. I wonder if the defense will be that it was ‘just a joke’, or that he has Asperger’s.
I’ll post more on this as details become available, and as time allows.
The PSA is designed to look like a budding high school romance, meanwhile in the background there are hidden signs of potential school shooting. It’s a clever concept and had plenty of potential to be effective, but in my opinion it fails to do so.
Before I get into my critique about the PSA please allow me a moment to discuss Mr. Stephanopoulos’ interview with Ms. Hockley. Here is that interview in its entirety…
With all due respect to Ms. Hockley, at the 1:29 mark I slammed my laptop shut and just about pushed it off my desk. Can you guess why? She mentions bullying as a sign of a potential school shooter. This is not a sign of a potential school shooter. This is nothing more than a trope that’s been carted out on the media for the past 17 years ever since it was incorrectly reported that the Columbine cowards were bullied. I don’t think that this is Ms. Hockley’s fault however, as I think the media probably won’t let you talk about school shootings unless you talk about bullying. The bullying that most school shooters supposedly endured was largely made up in their own heads as some perceived slight against them, or they were antisocial cretins who drew the attention on themselves. Not to mention that even if you believe bullying causes school shootings, calling it a sign does nothing for the bullied. It only makes the school look at them as a potential threat rather than doing anything about the bullying itself. The only thing the bullying trope does is give people a rational appearing reason for a totally irrational act by an irrational person.
To Ms. Hockley’s credit, the rest of the interview was on point. She spoke about other signs such as extreme behavior and mental illness, and for parents not to ignore the signs. To me that is where the main point of failure occurs when it comes to most school shootings, parents with the ‘not my kid’ syndrome.
Now here is the ‘Know the Signs’ PSA in its entirety…
As a whole, the problem I have with the PSA is the fact that it’s too stereotypical. This is what TV and movie writers think of when they think of a school shooting. Unfortunately this doesn’t apply to all school shootings. It doesn’t apply to school shootings like NIU or Virginia Tech, and it doesn’t even apply to Sandy Hook.
As far as the individual signs in the video go, there are two that I actually agree with. The first is the postings on social media. A lot of times these kids who are planning to commit some kind of act of school violence will almost always post some kind of hint on social media. The second, and most important one, is the watching of videos about other school shootings. Since Columbine, there has been a chain of copycat shooters that have endured to this day. Many of these shooters are what the internet has dubbed ‘columbiners’. For lack of a better term columbiners are fans of school shooters who consider the shooters victims rather than villains. Cho Seung-Hui was one, Stephen Kazmierczak was one, and Adam Lanza was one. It doesn’t matter that some of these columbiner kids weren’t even born before April 20, 1999, as they still identify with their cowardly heroes. Too many parents see this as a phase rather than a sign of mental illness, as mental illness still carries a stigma with it that some parents perceive as they didn’t do their job well enough if they admit their kid has mental issues. Yet when their kid goes on to slaughter a bunch of innocent people they act like they did nothing wrong. If Nancy Lanza was alive today she probably would have said the same thing.
In conclusion, while Sandy Hook Promise puts in a good effort, and has some very poignant things to say, I think they may need to refine their approach when it comes to PSAs. What I’d like to see is a PSA in the same vein as ‘Know the Signs’ except with the parent missing the signs instead of other students. Maybe a ‘Know the Signs 2’?
(Thanks to Lady Gray for the guidance and the editorial assist)
Ybarra wanted to emulate his heroes, like Eric Harris and Cho Seung-Hui, but instead he’ll be just another unoriginal loser whose name will be lost to history in a few years. It’s only a shame that he had to kill an innocent man to punctuate his own failures.
Ybarra is looking at a max of 111 years when he is sentenced in January.
Two teen students of Friendswood High School in Friendswood, Texas have been charged with allegedly bringing a gun to school. One of the students, a 14-year-old, allegedly showed another student the gun that was being kept in a binder. This was said to have taken place on November 8th at the school. No gun was found at the school after a student reported it but the 14-year-old’s uncle reported that his gun had been stolen. Police reportedly found the gun after they checked the 14-year-old’s Instagram account which not only showed the gun and where they could find it but it also had “disturbing images and statements that manifest Columbine ideations [sic] and a fixation on school shootings.”
A couple of things really bother me about this story. The first is that the uncle didn’t allegedly report the gun missing until his nephew was already being investigated. The second is that the kid was posting pictures of the gun and various columbiner crap on Instagram and no one said anything until the gun had already been taken to school. I also noticed that there have been no reports of any parents or guardians finding either the gun or the Instagram posts.
I have yet to see any information about the second suspect’s involvement.
Many times school shootings result from a perfect storm of obvious signs that were either overlooked or outright ignored. It’s a miracle that one didn’t happen here.
“I was hearing Eric Harris’ voice, but before that I felt God talking to me and saying something in my heart,” Ybarra said during questioning by defense attorney Ramona Brandes.
He also claims that he had heard Harris’ voice in his head for years. Ybarra also testified that he didn’t know the shooting that killed SPU student Paul Lee was real until he was in the back of a police cruiser.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Ybarra actually believed that he heard the voice of Harris. As I’ve posted previously, Ybarra is what’s know as a columbiner, that’s basically a school shooting fanboy. I’ve been researching columbiners even before they were called that. An inordinate number of them claim to have had some sort of supernatural encounter with one of the Columbine cowards. The one story that sticks out in my mind, even to this day, is a story I read on a pro-Columbine message board. A grown woman had claimed to have had sex with the ghost of Dylan Klebold, and had his ghost babies. I wish I was making that up.
The reason I think that Ybarra is going with the ever so popular ‘I heard voices’ defense is because his attorney is pursuing an insanity defense. In my opinion that’s a bold strategy to take since, to my knowledge, that defense has never worked for a living American school shooter.
Ybarra replied: “The pepper spray was too strong,” referring to his capture by student safety monitor Jon Meis. “I was talking too fast … It was making my mind feel worse.”
He went on to testify that he had a hard time “concentrating on telling the truth” because of the effects of pepper spray.
“The pepper spray was messing me up,” he said.
I’ve never had the misfortune of being pepper sprayed but I’ve never heard of claiming to want to kill as many as people as possible as a side effect.
Considering that Ybarra went off his meds to ‘feel the hate’, it’s obvious that Ybarra knew right from wrong at the time of the shooting. Just like every other school shooter that claimed insanity, the only malady effecting Ybarra’s reasoning is an acute case of fakeritis.