Frontier Middle School shooter apologizes 21 years later

Frontier Middle School shooter apologizes 21 years later

Barry Loukaitis

(Story broke 4/13/2017)

To be honest, I never heard of the Frontier Middle School shooting until recently. To surmise, back in 1996, 14-year-old Barry Loukaitis shot and killed one of his teachers and two students. One of the students, Manuel Vela, was his intended target. Loukaitis was tried as an adult and was sentenced to two life sentences and an additional 205 years without the possibility of parole. More recently, that sentence was reduced to 189 years.

What makes this story more interesting than some of the others that have happened over the years is that Barry Loukaitis has actually apologized for his actions. While it was a popular belief that Vela bullied him, Loukaitis dispels that notion.

“Manuel Vela’s father told me I’m not fit to tie his son’s shoes,” Loukaitis wrote. “He’s correct. Manuel Vela was a better person than I am, and I know it.”

This comes as a refreshing change as most school shooters who are sentenced to prison are constantly looking to either have their sentences reduced or their convictions thrown out entirely.

Maybe if more people know about this, more kids will recognize their flaws as their own instead of trying to blame everyone else before acting out in violence.

11-year-old brings gun, knives and 400 rounds of ammo to school because of The Myth

Washington boy brought gun, knives to school to defend bullied friend: police:

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A few weeks back an 11-year-old boy allegedly brought a .22 caliber handgun, some knives and 400 rounds of ammunition to Frontier Middle School in Vancouver, Washington. The boy is said to have told police that a voice in his head was telling him to kill and that he would have shot his target then shot himself in the head.

I’m sure that too many people out there think that this kid must have been bullied. Actually no. However his friend was. He said that another student had called his friend gay and that’s when he allegedly plotted the shooting scheme. Luckily the kid’s mother was attentive enough to realize that her son may have taken weapons to school and notified police.

This is what happened when you let knee-jerkers and pearl twisters dictate the media’s outlook and social policy, too many weak-minded people start believing the false notions that are put out there. Such as that school shooters were bullied. Most weren’t and as a matter of fact most of them were bullies themselves.

When you spread misinformation it will come back to haunt you.