I originally posted about the Forest High School shooting in Ocala, Florida here. To recap, 19-year-old Sky Bouche carried a sawed-off shotgun inside a guitar case into his former high school, firing a round into a classroom on the 19th anniversary of Columbine, April 20th. Bloodshed was minor as a student was struck in the ankle with minor injuries. At the time of my first post, I said I wouldn’t be opposed to Bouche being sentenced to a mental health facility since he seemed remorseful, surrendered without incident, and supposedly said the date had nothing to do with the shooting. I now take it all back.
“I’m thinking about doing my school the same way. I have enough guns and ammo. I have been planning for months, but not sure when to do it,” Bouche allegedly said in the video’s comments section. “Everybody will know my name.”
No, they won’t. Outside of this website and the Ocala area, your name will be quickly forgotten. Instead of being a copycat who will never be remembered, would-be school shooters should try to do something else to try to gain notoriety that doesn’t involve violence. Try music, writing, making movies, or game design. If you’re good at something like that you’ll end up being way more famous than some coward with a gun.
This is a story from March that I had hoped to finish before the end of April but here we are.
You know, after 18 years of dealing with Columbiners, Holmies, and Chupacabras, you’d think I wouldn’t be surprised when some mass murdering reprobate attracts a cult following, yet here we are.
The inhuman scumbag known as Nikolas Cruz, who killed 17 victims at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, is being sent fan mail and love letters in jail. I thought due to the fact that he killed so many innocent victims, and looks like a rat-faced weasel, that he wouldn’t attract that many murder groupies. I was wrong.
On March 15, a person who identified themselves as an 18-year-old woman from Texas wrote: “When I saw your picture on the television, something attracted me to you.”
“Your eyes are beautiful and the freckles on your face make you so handsome.”
Another woman sent Cruz nine suggestive photos, the newspaper reported.
One woman recently solicited pictures to make a collage to send Cruz.
“I want him to see how many people love and care for him and all the beautiful faces,” she wrote, according to the Sentinel.
I’m sure that’s just the tip of the crazy iceberg. He has also reportedly been sent photos of some of his female fans in various states of undress. Thankfully, the jail has not been allowing Cruz to see his fan mail.
I wonder what they’re calling themselves since every congregation of murder groupies needs to have a name nowadays. I would imagine Cruzers would be too obvious. Then again most of these lovesick loons lack the creative imagination to come up with anything else.
If your son or daughter is one of these Cruz fans, seek help for them immediately. This may not be just a phase as I have witnessed full-grown adults who indulge in this behavior. Once again, I’m reminded of the woman with a family who many years ago posted on a columbiner forum about having Dylan Klebold’s ghost babies. Again, I wish I was making that up. There’s also the copycat syndrome to consider as many of today’s school shooters, and would-be school shooters, were fans of school shooters that came before them.
Don’t forget, when a headline asks a question the answer is usually no, but I’m getting ahead of myself.
For those of you who may not be familiar with Steam, it’s the most popular platform for PC gamers to purchase and download their video games. Like most platforms and social networks, Steam also has a community section where users can start their own communities to discuss a varying number of topics. Unfortunately, a number of these communities are tributes to Columbine and school shooters.
Does this mean there’s some credence to the alleged link between video games and school shootings? Not in the least. If anything, it lends credence to my theory that kids who identify with school shooters, known as columbiners, who hang out in these communities are more likely to be a school shooter than your typical gamer. Communities like this have been around since Columbine became a thing, and have been on multiple platforms. There have been message boards dedicated to the cowardly Columbine killers, not to mention communities that go as far back as being on LiveJournal. Today, they exist on platforms like Tumblr among others.
What concerns me is a lot of these gamers who are posting on Steam are kids, and it’s obvious their parents have no idea what their kids are up to online. The parents are either unwilling to take the time to check on their kids, are too impatient to learn the technology kids use, or are too trusting of their kids and would rather be their friend than their parent. If one of your kids has a Columbine or school shooting obsession do something about it. It’s not just a phase, it’s a sign of mental illness. Get them help before they hurt themselves or someone else. Getting them help doesn’t make you a failure as a parent, you’re a failure if you don’t.
Back in March 2017, 18-year-old Nicole Cevario was arrested for plotting a school shooting against Catoctin High School in Thurmont, Maryland. This wasn’t just some teenage girl fantasizing about shooting up her school either. As you can see in the above photo, police seized a shotgun and several pipe bombs made by Cervaio. Cervaio had legally purchased the shotgun.
What made this story different from the scores of the other would-be school shooters out there is that Cervaio is female. A female school shooter is largely an anomaly and Cervaio wanted to be the first female school shooter. According to her journal…
“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.”
“… 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.”
She also wrote about the shooters at Columbine and Sandy Hook noting the ‘mistakes’ those shooters had made.
Since Cervaio was 18 at the time of her arrest, there was no question about trying her as an adult.
Earlier today, Cervaio pleaded guilty to possessing explosive material with the intent to create a destructive device and was sentenced to 20 years behind bars.
Is that a long enough sentence for a girl who wanted nothing more than to be the first female mass killer, or is two decades in prison more than enough justice for the crime she committed and the lives she put in danger?
UPDATE 2/4/2018: Cervaio was also sentenced to be held in a secure psychiatric facility until her 21st birthday in order to get her mental healthcare help and to assist in her transition to adult prison.
Alex Hribal was 16 when he stabbed over 20 people at Franklin Regional High School in 2014. Some of the injuries sustained by the victims were so severe that internal organs were exposed and facial features were removed.
Hribal modeled his attack after Columbine by originally planning the attack for the 15th anniversary of Columbine, April 20th 2014. However, there were no classes scheduled for that day so he moved the date up to April 9th, the birthday of Columbine coward Eric Harris. He even told the defense’s psychiatrist he believed he was being “egged on or controlled by Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris from hell.” Bullying was brought up as a motive, but was quickly dismissed by both police and Hribal’s own attorney at the time. He was subsequently charged as an adult for his actions.
“I feel horrible about everything but there’s no words to use, nothing I can say to make it all better or fix it.”
That’s not stopping his lawyer from appealing the sentence arguing his client should have been tried in juvenile court.
Of course, even though it had been previously dismissed as a motive, his parents tried to deflect blame on to bullying…
Hribal’s parents also addressed the court, saying the case was about bullying and mental illness. His mother broke down on the stand, sobbing and saying Alex was their responsibility and told the judge, “I’m the one that should be sentenced, not him.”
In my opinion they should both be going to jail if his parents knew about his Columbine obsession and refused to do anything about it. Unfortunately, the law doesn’t work like that.
This happened a few weeks ago, but you should be used to that by now with me. Sorry, just getting to it now.
Anyway, in late December, the Idaho Supreme Court upheld the life sentence of Torey Adamcik. Adamcik and Brian Draper were juveniles when they killed their friend, 16-year-old Cassie Jo Stoddart, in September of 2006. The pair were charged as adults and both were convicted and sentenced to life for the brutal murder of Cassie. Since their 2007 convictions, both men have filed many appeals claiming that sentencing juveniles to life is unconstitutional or they didn’t have effective counsel. All previous efforts to escape their convictions have failed.
There are some who believe that the pair were too young to be sentenced to life in prison. It’s my opinion that they were plenty old enough to know what they were doing was wrong considering they killed Cassie just for the thrill. The pair also videotaped themselves before and after Cassie’s murder talking about how they were going to kill her. The transcripts from the tapes have been released.
Before the murder, Adamcik told Draper, “we’re not going to get caught,” to which Draper replied by saying, “we’re going to make history,” according to the transcript in the Supreme Court’s opinion.
The transcript includes conversation between Adamcik and Draper referencing horror-slasher films like “Scream” and comparing themselves to serial killers like Ted Bundy, the Hillside Strangler and the Zodiac Killer.
“Those people were mere amateurs compared to what we are going to be,” Adamcik said.
In another segment of the transcript, Draper says “I feel like I want to kill somebody. Uh, I know that’s not normal, but what the hell.”
Adamcik replied, “I feel we need to break away from normal life.”
According to the transcript, Draper said he and Adamcik identified Stoddart as their victim the day before the murder, despite claiming she was their friend.
“We’ll find out if she has friends over, if she’s going to be alone in a big dark house out in the middle of nowhere. How perfect can you get?” Draper said.
“I’m horny just thinking about it,” Adamcik replied.
These are not two people, and I use that term loosely, who should be released back into society. Not only did they know what they were doing but they documented their actions as well, like it was a home movie to be rewatched later. They are the definition of depraved and probably have no remorse for Cassie’s senseless murder.
Alex Hribal was 16 when he stabbed over 20 people at Franklin Regional High School in 2014. These are no mere cuts and scrapes we’re talking about either. Some of the injuries were so bad they included one that just missed a student’s heart, another where a student’s lip had almost been removed from his face, and one where a student had been cut so deep the student’s liver was protruding from the wound.
Not surprisingly, Hribal was a columbiner and wanted to commit his spree on the 15th Anniversary of Columbine, April 20th, 2014. However, there were no classes being held at the Murrysville, Pennsylvania, high school that day, so Hribal moved up his plans to April 9th, the birthday of Columbine coward Eric Harris.
Hribal was set to be tried as an adult, but this past week the now 20-year-old Hribal pleaded guilty to 21 counts of attempted murder. The prosecution is looking for a 30 to 60 year sentence when Hribal is scheduled for sentencing in January. Technically, the judge could sentence Hribal to 21 consecutive sentences totaling around 800 years but that is unlikely to happen.
Again, I would love to know if the parents of columbiners know their kids have obsessions with mass murderers. At this point, most columbiners weren’t even born when Columbine happened. If your kid has just such an obsession, it’s not just a phase. A phase is them having some kind of hair cut you don’t care for. The hero-worship of mass murderers is a sign that they’re in severe need of mental treatment. They may not turn out to be a killer, but why take that chance?
This past week, there was a school shooting in the Russian town of Ivanteyevka near Moscow. 15-year-old Mikhail Pivnev entered his classroom at School No. 1, struck his teacher in the head with a meat cleaver, shot her in the head with a pneumatic gun, and set off smoke bombs in the classroom. The teacher is expected to survive her injuries, but several students were injured trying to flee the area. Some of the students’ injuries included broken bones after they jumped from windows in order to escape.
There have been varying reports about how the attack started. Some reports say Pivenv attacked the teacher after she reprimanded him for being late. Other reports state that Pivnev announced that ‘he came here to die’ before attacking the teacher.
What’s not in dispute is Pivnev was nothing more than a Columbine fanboy, a columbiner if you will. His social media accounts were full of references and tributes to Columbine. According to most reports, Pivnev posted the following on the anniversary of Columbine.
‘On April 20, 1999 was the attack on the Columbine school.
‘If not to go into details, then as a result, 13 pupils died, 23 were injured and two are alive in my heart.
‘Here and again the same day….. No matter what happens around me, how they treat me, I wonder if I’m needed here …
‘Life is beautiful, friends, but sometimes death is better. And it could be better if I was in the place of Eric and Dylan …
He was even said to have used the name of Mikhail Klebold on his social media accounts. Let’s not forget Pivnev was born in 2002, meaning he wasn’t even close to being alive when Columbine happened. Why should that matter? In my opinion if you weren’t alive during a certain event, you really can’t appreciate the impact it had at the time. For example, I don’t have as much knowledge of how much Pearl Harbor or the JFK assassination affected the country since I wasn’t born yet. Yet I am very aware of how tragedies like Columbine and 9/11 have affected us.
Well, since he emulated the Columbine killers he must have been bullied right? Nope. Not only is there no evidence to indicate the Columbine cowards of Harris and Klebold were bullied, authorities are saying that Pivnev planned his attack because he was annoyed that his classmates offended him. If that is the case, like most cowardly school shooters, he attacked someone who had nothing to do with him being ‘offended’. Just another petty kid who thought he was better than everyone else who couldn’t solve his own social inadequacies without resorting to violence.
Another recurring theme that has presented itself during this story is that Pivnev would tell everyone about his plot and no one believed him. Normally, I would admonish anyone who had the ‘it can’t happen here’ mentality, however, this is only the second school shooting in modern Russian history. In 2014, student Sergei Gordeyev shot and killed geography teacher Andrei Kirillov and a police officer at School No. 263 in Moscow.
What’s most unbelievable to me is Pivnev planned this attack for three years. That means he started planning this attack since he was 12-years-old. I don’t know what the state of mental healthcare is in Russia, but if your kids are sitting around their computer (tablet, phone, what have you) watching Columbine videos then they are in desperate need of help.
Lastly, of course when one of these so-called tough guys is captured and has his day in court his attitude changes immensely.
Earlier, the attorney said that the teenager repents all what he had done and apologized to victims.
Earlier this week there was a hearing in regards to the alleged school shooting plot targeting Zemmer Middle School in Lapeer, Michigan. The defense for the three teen suspects tried getting the charges thrown out, however, the judge ruled there was substantial evidence for a trial to be held.
“These kids were desensitized to the reality of the things they were talking about, Columbine and school shootings,” said attorney, Matthew Norwood. “In the case of XXXXX, he was looking to get a reaction … there were no steps taken. It was just talk … Prosecutors are going off of pure paranoia.”
Pure paranoia, huh? Well, in addition to their own version of the Basement Tapes, where they refer to themselves as gods, further evidence was revealed about their alleged intentions. Police found the following ‘story’ on one of the suspect’s cell phones.
“My name is XXXXX and everyone at school thought I was kidding, that I wouldn’t shoot it up, or bring the guns to school,” Lapeer County Detective Bob Wells read from the story messaged from XXXXX to XXXXX on social media. “They always bullied me and thought I was kidding, just like the kids at Columbine.”
Except there’s no evidence to show the Columbine cowards were bullied. More misinformed cretins who turn to violence when things don’t go their way.
The suspects have been released on over $100K bond each and have been ordered to stay off the internet. It’s also been ordered that guns need to be removed from all the households and it’s recommended all three suspects undergo counseling. Considering the three have been charged as adults and are facing life sentences, maybe they should have received counseling earlier.
UPDATE 1/21/2018: Back in November, two of the suspects have pleaded guilty to making a false terrorist threat and using a computer to commit a crime. They are set to be sentenced on the 29th. The third suspect is set to enter a similar plea later this week.
The Sheriff’s Office says it had gotten to the point of the boys making plans for one to get a gun, one to get a bow, and to get on top of the school.
The students were released to the custody of their parents and I haven’t heard of any charges being filed as of yet.
While the threat may not have been credible, it does show how a number of kids who even think about resorting to violence are blaming their own failures on others. This is a trait, in my opinion, that is very common among school shooters and plotters.
The more serious plot was uncovered at Locust Grove High School in Locust Grove, Oklahoma. In that plot, three 15-year-olds were plotting an attack against the school, claiming one of the three had allegedly been bullied. Or are they just using that as an excuse? To me, the trio sound like a bunch of columbiners who were just looking for an excuse to commit a school shooting.
A Facebook post from one of the three students shows the Columbine shooters; another post reads ‘Better run faster than my bullets.”
If you’re not familiar with that particular quote, it’s a lyric from the song “Pumped Up Kicks” by the band Foster The People. The song references a fictional school shooting.
As usual, the columbiners got it wrong. The song isn’t glorifying a school shooting, but according to the band, Mark Foster wrote the song because he wanted to make people more aware of the mental illness that goes unrecognized in a lot of today’s teens.
This was more than just idol worship and posting to social media. The suspects were said to have gone to the school while it was out of session to study the exits and entrances. The trio was also allegedly actively pursuing weapons. They’re all currently in juvenile detention claiming their plot was just a prank. Yeah, never heard that one before.
Again I say to parents, know what your kids are posting on social media. You might find out your kid needs more help than they’re letting on.