For those of you who may not remember, in 2016, a 17-year-old boy from La Loche, Saskatchewan, shot and killed two brothers at their home before going to Dene High School at the La Loche Community School and shooting and killing two faculty members. In Canada, juvenile offenders can’t be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. The gunman, who was a month away from his 18th birthday when he committed the shootings, has pleaded guilty to first degree-murder for the deaths of the school faculty members, and second-degree murder to the two brothers he killed.
Even if the shooter is sentenced as an adult, the CBC is reporting that he might not even spend a decade in prison. Canada has a new law that states juveniles sentenced as adults are not eligible to be sentenced to 25 years per victim. So under adult sentencing he could be released on parole in ten years.
There’s going to come a time, in both the US and Canada, where these entitled and selfish juvenile murderers will be completely excused from their homicidal actions. Then school shootings will become even more common than they are today.
UPDATE 4/2/2018: Back in February a Crown judge ruled the shooter will be sentenced as an adult. Last month, the final sentencing date was set for May 6th.
If you’ll recall, last year a 17-year-old boy from La Loche, Saskatchewan, shot and killed two brothers at their home before going to the Dene High School at the La Loche Community School and killing two teachers there. In October of last year, he pleaded guilty to the murders. For the past few months there have been sentencing hearings to determine if he will be sentenced as an adult or a juvenile. If sentenced as an adult the unnamed teen is looking at a life sentence, but a juvenile sentence would be less than ten years. Families of the victims he killed, along with the victims he wounded, have been calling for him to be sentenced as an adult.
If you think he should now garner any kind of sympathy, remember this was the kid who thought he would be getting a present on the one-year anniversary of the shootings while in detention. Let’s also not forget he killed two people in one location, then went to a second location to try to kill as many people as possible.
This is just a ploy by the defense to try to get a lenient sentence for their client, however, what it’s really doing is delaying justice for the victims.
The still as yet unnamed gunman from the shooting at Dene High School at the La Loche Community School, has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the deaths of school employees Marie Janvier and Adam Wood. He has also pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the deaths of brothers Dayne and Drayden Fontaine, who were shot and killed at a residence prior to the school shooting. The gunman was 17 at the time of the shootings and under Canada’s Youth Criminal Justice Act, the shooter can not be named.
Which brings us to sentencing. Previously prosecutors have stated that they are seeking to have the gunman sentenced as an adult. The gunman was around a month away from his 18th birthday when he committed these crimes and many relatives of his victims and the victims that lived would also like to see him sentenced as an adult. If he is to be sentenced as a juvenile he would only be in detention for 10 years, while an adult sentencing would mean a mandatory life sentence with parole being deferred 25 years for each victim.
While no official motive has been given to the shootings, some reports say that the gunman was teased about his ears. If he thinks that’s a reason to commit a killing spree then he most definitely needs to be locked away for the rest of his natural life.
His next scheduled court appearance is scheduled for January 31st.
UPDATE 5/19/2017: During the sentencing hearing witnesses testified that the gunman asked workers at the juvenile detention facility if he was going to receive a gift for the one year anniversary of the shootings?
Again my apologies for being so late on this, as I mentioned in my previous post I was taking a mental break from working on the website but I’m back now.
In the days following the shooting at Dene High School in La Loche, Saskatchewan, The National Post reported that the gunman, who is said to have killed four, had been teased and bullied.
Perry Herman, who also knows the accused, said the teen was teased about his large ears.
“So many of those times that those boys joked around with him about his ears and whatnot, he didn’t get up and say, `You boys stop talking to me like this, it’s hurting my feelings.’ He just bottled it up.”
Herman said the bullying must have been going on for a long time.
Did he strike out at his bullies? It doesn’t seem likely…
“He once said that, ‘Some day I’m going to eff-up (the bully). I’m going to beat him up. He said that like a couple times,’ ” said Janvier.
Instead he killed two brothers, who have been rumored to be related to the gunman, and two school employees. Did this accomplish anything for him? Will any shooting no matter how violent ever stop bullying? For close to 20 years now those answers are still no. Bullying will always occur in our schools and yes I do know how traumatic bullying can be, however mass murder is not the proper response. No sympathy should be shown toward this kid. Instead of doing something to help his situation or bring attention to it he’s become just another killer to be profiled so schools can be more concerned about finding the next shooter instead of offering assistance to the bullied.
I’ll post more details as they become available and as time allows.
UPDATE 10:00 PM EST:The RCMP are now saying that there have been four fatalities, a male suspect has been taken into custody and that the shooting took place not just at Dene High School at the La Loche Community School but also a second location that was residential. There’s believed to be two fatalities at each location. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that the separate locations remind me of both the shooting at Red Lake High School in Minnesota and the Thurston High shooting in Oregon where those gunmen had killed family members before killing more at their schools. I’m not claiming that’s what happened just noting eerie similarities.
Thanks to Harding for the tip.
UPDATE 1/23/2016 12:20 AM EST:The National Post is reporting, among other outlets, that the shooter posted a message to Facebook of his intentions to kill. This has not been substantiated by the RCMP however when I was watching the live stream from the CBC the news broadcast stated that the message indicated that the shooter had already killed two people before heading to the school. I can’t say for certain this is the case since social media is a breeding ground for hoaxes whenever a tragedy like this strikes.