Details of Red Lake settlement released

$1.5 million settlement reached in Red Lake shootings:

The settlement that the families of Red Lake victims reached with MacNeil Environmental has been made public.

The families agreed to a $1.5M settlement that will be divided among 21 families. A judge will determine how the money is split between the families.

Red Lake families settle lawsuit

Settlement in Red Lake school shooting:

The families of the victims of the Red Lake shooting have settled their lawsuit with MacNeil Environmental. MacNeil is a security consulting firm that provided Red Lake High with a contingency plan in case of a school shooting. Obviously it failed.

The terms of the settlement were not disclosed but both sides are saying that MacNeil admitted no liability. Of course they wouldn’t. Did anyone expect them to say ‘our bad’?

Personally I don’t think you can have a contingency plan for a school shooting because the acts are so random.

Red Lake families sue consulting firm

Consultant sued over Red Lake shootings:

Families of the victims of the Red Lake shooting are suing a consulting firm whose job it was to provide the school with a contingency plan in case of such crises. Obviously their contingency plan didn’t work.

The families are suing MacNeil Environmental Inc. stating that their security plan didn’t work.

The lawyers say they have received strong expert opinion on their claims that MacNeil’s plan was confusing, poorly formatted and contained conflicting directions for school staff.

Normally I’m against families of school shooting victims suing 3rd parties but this lawsuit actually sounds like it does have merit.

Previously the families had sued the Red Lake School District and were awarded $900K between the families.

More on the Red Lake lawsuit

‘No amount of money will bring them back’:

Some more interesting lawyer related details about the Red Lake lawsuit…

The deal ends the district’s financial liability for the shootings because state law caps legal claims against school districts at $1 million.

But families and survivors could sue other parties. Attorneys representing the 27 people involved in the school settlement said they are looking at their options.

“Our investigation into the circumstances of the shooting continues as we speak,” said Minneapolis attorney Philip Sieff, who represented 14 people in the settlement. “This is the end of the families’ claims against the Red Lake School District but not the end of their claims in general over the shooting.”

Who the hell else can they possibly sue? Jeff Weise’s father is dead and his mother is severely disabled. The Jourdain’s? The gun manufacturers?

The settlement includes families of the five students killed and the seven students injured, and one student who was in the line of fire. It also includes five surviving school workers, the families of the two slain school employees and a relative of the grandfather’s companion.

I can see a settlement for those who died or were wounded but there seems to be a lot of extraneous people involved in this lawsuit.

The Ambulance Chasers are killing personal responsibility in this country.

Red Lake lawsuit settled

Families settle lawsuit over Red Lake shootings:

MINNEAPOLIS – Families of victims in last year’s shootings on the Red Lake Indian Reservation have settled a lawsuit against the school district for $1 million.

The settlement was to be distributed among 21 families of shooting victims.

In Philip Sieff, an attorney for the victims’ families, called the settlement “best for everyone because it provides these highly deserving families some compensation for their losses and allows the School District to return all of its focus to education.”

Personally, I don’t see why the school district was sued. They had metal detectors and they had an armed security guard. Granted neither of those steps stopped Jeff Weise but what else was the school supposed to do? Not only that but now you’re taking money away from the school that’s supposed to educate your children.

What does this accomplish?

Red Lake survivor honored at NYSE

Red Lake survivor Jeff May rings closing bell :

Red Lake survivor Jeff May rang the closing bell yesterday at the New York Stock Exchange in honor of being named Readers Digest hero of the year. May was selected for his actions in the Red Lake school shooting by tackling Jeff Weise and saving at least a dozen people from being shot. May was shot in the face by Weise. Jeff May suffered a stroke while recovering from the gunshot. May was selected by the readers of Readers Digest in an online poll. His story in Readers Digest can be read here.

The Myth Spreads Like Cancer III

Schools learn bullying can plant seed for tragedy:

Yet another article that’s designed to garner sympathy for school shooters and would be school shooters because they were allegedly bullied. While of course, I think bullying is a problem there’s a big difference between bullying and killing. And like I keep saying all these Columbine wannabes are taking the focus off of bullying and putting it on identifying would be school shooters.

Anyway back to my main point. As usual, the article is rife with inaccuracies…

The massacre at Columbine High School outside Denver on April 20, 1999, was the deadliest school shooting on record. Two teenagers, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, who dressed in Goth attire and felt like misfits, went on a rampage that left 13 dead and 24 wounded before killing themselves.

Wrong. They were not goths, they had plenty of friends, and most importantly they were bullies themselves. One only needs to go as far as this to learn the truth.

And secondly…

For instance, a 16-year-old who went on a rampage that left eight dead at a high school in Red Lake, Minn., a year ago fit the profile. School personnel described him as a loner who wore black and routinely was teased.

Wrong again. Weise may have been teased but when you’re a self-proclaimed Nazi you’re kind of inviting it on yourself. Not only that I read more than one report that said Weise used to bully kids that listened to rap.

But hey, let’s not let facts get in the way of “journalism”.

A year later, more Red Lake details released

Weise planned a far more lethal assault:

Anonymous sources within the investigation have revealed to the Pioneer Press that Jeff Weise’s assault on Red Lake High School could have been much deadlier than it already was…

Jeff Weise, who killed nine people at the Red Lake Indian Reservation before taking his own life, envisioned a higher body count and wanted friends to help him turn his high school into a death trap, a yearlong investigation into the shootings found.

His original aim was to lead an attack on Red Lake High School when it was sure to be crowded, possibly on prom night or the first day of school, according to two sources with knowledge of the investigation.

Weise’s massacre would have targeted the school’s gymnasium as a central “killing zone,” the sources said. Details of Weise’s initial scheme have not been previously disclosed.

The troubled teenager considered executing his plot on April 20, the birthday of Adolf Hitler, one of the boy’s idols. That date would have marked the anniversary of the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado, the deadliest school shooting in American history.

Weise’s intent was to eclipse that tragedy, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Weise wanted to station armed accomplices at the school’s exits and in main hallways, where those who survived the gym assault would run for safety or escape, the sources said.

“The plan was to have them picked off like sitting ducks as they came out,” said one of the sources.

Why Weise chose March 21 to launch his assault in Red Lake remains a mystery.

What amazes me is the fact that the article states that 39 people knew that Weise had thoughts of shooting up the school yet none of them thought to go to school officials or law enforcement with that information.

Remember kids, it isn’t always “just talk”.

Red Lake families meet with U.S. Attorney

Prosecutor: Dozens knew school shooter’s plans:

Family members of the victims of the Red Lake shooting met with U.S. Attorney Tom Heffelfinger today and some interesting things came to light…

Nearly 40 people knew that 16-year-old Jeff Weise had planned some sort of violence at Red Lake High School before he went on a rampage, according to family members who met with U.S. Attorney Tom Heffelfinger on Monday.

Heffelfinger met behind closed doors with those who lost loved ones in the March 21 shooting, when Weise killed nine people before killing himself.

“It’s horrid. I just got a headache,” said Barbara Brun, who lost her son, Derrick, a security guard, in the shooting. “I wasn’t this angry before I came. I haven’t been this angry since March 21st.”

Brun said Heffelfinger told those gathered at a hotel here that 39 people knew Weise planned a shooting at the high school, and of those, four or five had direct knowledge. Brun said that Heffelfinger told the group Weise had been talking about the shooting since 2003.

“Why didn’t someone take him seriously?” she asked.

39 people knew and not one person said anything. And some people say that as a society we’re overreacting to perceived threats of school violence. I’d rather there be an overreaction and save lives than there be no reaction with scores dead.

The Actual Victim II

Fighting Power Helps Red Lake Shooting Victim:

I’ve done entries before about Steven Cobenais. He is one of the surviving victims of the Red Lake shootings. Gunman Jeff Weise asked Steven Cobenais if he believed in God. When Cobenais said yes Weise shot him in the face. Steven Cobenais ended up losing an eye and having a severe brain injury.

Last summer, Cobenais suffered a major seizure. For a while, he wore a helmet to protect him from falls. He is back at Red Lake High School now, where he struggles with short-term memory loss.

During his recovery, his father, Llewellyn Thunder, spent weeks at his son’s bedside and lost his job because of it. During that time their home was vandalized and robbed leaving in uninhabitable. Now they live in subsidized housing that is only guaranteed through next month.

And again I say how can anyone in their right mind call Jeff Weise a victim?

The Thunders said they were grateful to people who contributed to a community fund set up in their son’s name.

Donations are accepted at the Steven Cobenais Fund, Deerwood Bank, P.O. Box 1278, Bemidji, MN 56601.