(Trench’s note: I started writing this post over a month ago then ‘things’ happened but I’m trying to deal. I didn’t want to waste the post so better late than never.)
As I was trying to catch up on all the news I’ve been neglecting, I came across this article from the Sun-Sentinel in Florida about Nikolas Cruz’s behavior before the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The article interviews a number of people who knew Cruz and their statements show just how hateful he was.
One acquaintance of Cruz claims that Cruz hated black people since a ‘girlfriend’ of his left him for a black man. I use the sarcasm quotes around girlfriend because it’s unclear, to me at least, if this girlfriend even knew that Cruz considered her his girlfriend. For all we know, his ‘girlfriend’ could have been of the Canadian variety who you wouldn’t know. That same person claims that Cruz was always mad about not having a girlfriend leading me once again to believe that Cruz may have been an incel. I wouldn’t be surprised if the fact he couldn’t get a girlfriend was the motive behind the shooting itself. Another acquaintance claims that Cruz would often make antisemitic remarks and give Nazi salutes. Racism, anti-Semitism, and misogyny due to the shooters own inadequacy with women are not uncommon among many school shooters.
Speaking of inadequacy with women, Cruz also allegedly punched his own mother in the face so hard he knocked her teeth out. According to a relative, Cruz wanted to go to Wal-Mart but his mother said no. So being the sane and rational being that he was, Cruz is said to have punched his mother in the face so hard that it caused $2000 in dental damages. A bill that Lynda Cruz was still paying off at the time of her passing. I do not wish to speak ill of the dead, but this was the same women who allowed Cruz to have multiple guns in the home. I realize that in too many cases blood is thicker than water, but is it too thick when your own life is in danger? If she had not passed away last year it’s my opinion that Nikolas Cruz would have killed his own mother than have gone on to commit a mass shooting much in the vein of Adam Lanza and Sandy Hook.
But yeah, let’s blame video games and President Obama for the school shooting instead of where the real issues lie, at the feet of the shooter and the lax regulations that allowed this psychopath to own multiple guns. Remember kids, you can’t have a school shooting without the shooting part. Take away the gun you take away the shooting.
Campbell County High School shooter Kenny Bartley has found his way back to jail once again. If you’ll recall, Bartley was convicted of the 2005 murder of Campbell County High School principal Ken Bruce. Bartley was 15-years-old at the time. Bartley was charged as an adult and sentenced to 45 years behind bars. In 2014, at a retrial, Bartley was found guilty of only reckless homicide and was sentenced to time served. Since his release, Bartley has been no stranger to the law as he has been arrested multiple times and was present when his therapist’s son died from injuries related to child abuse.
This past Sunday, Bartley once again found himself on the wrong side of the law as he was arrested on assault charges. Bartley is accused of going to his father’s house in Lafollette, Tennessee, and demanding money. Bartley was said to have been met by his father’s girlfriend who told him to go away. Bartley reportedly responded by telling her “Get out of my face, bitch. I will kill you!” It was at this time that Bartley allegedly grabbed a rubber mallet that was nearby. Fearing for her life, the woman grabbed a gun from inside the home and told Bartley to leave. Police found Bartley walking down the road before arresting him.
Following his story as long as I have, history indicates that Bartley will probably be out of jail again soon if he hasn’t been already. Bartley is 27 now and is obviously in need of psychiatric help. He has shown that he has a tendency towards violence yet he keeps finding himself a free man while he continues to endanger members of his family. As I’ve been saying since his 2014 release, what’s it going to take before Kenny Bartley is either returned to prison or a psychiatric facility? He is obviously too dangerous to be left to his own devices.
Late in May, because I’m prompt like that, cellphone videos made by Parkland gunman Nikolas Cruz were made public. The Miami Herald posted these videos to their website and I’m posting them here today. I’m obviously not posting these videos in order to glorify the extreme loss of life that happened but to show how much of an emotionally stunted weakling Cruz really is.
He sounds like a 13-year-old girl who was raised by the internet and had memes for parents. If it wasn’t for the fact that he owned a veritable arsenal, no one in their right mind should have been afraid of this coward.
Notice at first he talks about his supposed power then later in the video he refers to the power of his AR, referring to the AR-15 rifle. So even by his own words, he’s another coward hiding behind a gun because he couldn’t deal with his own inadequacies without resorting to bloodshed. As is typical with these deluded and entitled sociopaths, Cruz blames everyone else for his failures. As far as who ‘Angie’ is, as far as I can tell there’s been no definitive answer to that question. If I had to hazard a guess, I imagine she’s probably a poor girl that Cruz had an infatuation with who probably didn’t even know he existed. The crossover between emotionally stunted and socially awkward men who can’t approach women without being creepy and school shooters have become more prevalent in recent years. It wouldn’t surprise me if Cruz was either a borderline or full-on incel. Although, I saw some non-gender specific person on Tumblr say “They would be the Angie to their Nik”, Cruz could probably now have the pick of the litter on Tumblr. And by litter I mean trash.
Not really much to talk about here outside of the worst ad for Uber ever. However, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how he once again talked about his AR like not only is it an extension of himself but also like a gun is the ultimate problem solver.
All of this paints a picture of the stereotypical school shooter. An entitled and selfish antisocial malcontent who doesn’t have the emotional wherewithal to deal with the same life problems that everyone has. Anyone that reaches for a gun in these matters is nothing more than a petulant coward.
Hey, look at me working on a current story. Go me.
Anyway, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick announced today he will be donating metal detectors to the school district where the Santa Fe High High School shooting took place. Earlier, I tweeted that this was tantamount to closing the barn door after the horses get out. What I mean by that is it’s extremely rare for a school shooting to take place at a school where one has happened before. Off the top of my head I can’t even think of one instance but if I’m mistaken please feel free to correct me.
Getting back to the metal detectors, not only is it too little too late, but they really don’t discourage anyone from committing a school shooting. If someone is determined enough to commit a school shooting, they’re not going to automatically stop at the site of a metal detector. Unless these mental detectors carry strong electromagnets that can rip the gun from an assailant or a laser grid that would slice them to bits, school metal detectors are nothing more than security theater. Again, I have to point to the shooting at Red Lake High School in Minnesota where a metal detector and an armed resource officer failed to prevent nine from being killed.
Back in June, it was reported that Zachary Cruz started an anti-bullying foundation. Cruz is the brother of Nikolas Cruz, the psychopath who murdered 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Florida back in February. Zachary Cruz is no stranger to law enforcement after he was caught trespassing on the school’s grounds shortly after the shooting claiming he wanted to ‘soak it all in’. While in custody, Zachary Cruz allegedly bragged about how many girls he and his brother were going to get due to his brother’s infamy. He has since been allowed to leave Florida and has moved to Virginia.
Before we get to the obvious point, is this really the type of person who should be running an anti-bullying foundation? I’m not saying bullying isn’t a major problem within our schools, considering I experienced it on a first-hand basis almost daily for 12 years. Victims of severe bullying definitely need more resources to help them deal with the problem, but those resources should not be inspired by someone who tries to capitalize on mass murder.
Now on to the obvious point. Zachary Cruz claims a program like his could have helped his brother…
“He was open to trying new things, so this organization – let’s say a kid would’ve saw him at Douglas by himself and that kid would’ve approached him and became his friend, I really think that person would’ve changed this whole thing.”
In late May, not too long after the shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, there was a school shooting at Noblesville West Middle School in Indiana. I haven’t done much research on it yet, but from what I gather a male student from the school shot a teacher and a female student. Thankfully, there were no fatalities.
However, in this article from USA Today, a parent whose child attends the school said something that still permeates the American psyche even after the year we’ve had with some of the most lethal school shootings ever. This parent said…
“Never thought that this would happen,” she said. “Not in Noblesville.”
For years I’ve been advising against having this mindset. In the grand scheme of things, school shootings are actually rare occurrences compared to the number of schools we have even though they’re ever increasing. However, they can and do happen anywhere. If school shootings hadn’t happened, how many of us would be aware of the towns of Littleton, Parkland, and Newtown if we didn’t live near them? That’s not even taking into account lesser remembered places like Chardon, Ohio, Aztec, New Mexico, Red Lake, Minnesota, and the like.
I’m not saying any of these are factors in the Noblesville shooting, but until we tackle the issues of lax parenting, mental health stigmatization and ease of access to firearms, we’ll never be able to say it can’t happen here.
UPDATE:According to Indiana law, since the suspect is 13 and has not been charged with murder, his case will remain in juvenile court.
In the wake of the school shooting at Santa Fe High School, which is a sentence I’m getting tired of writing, Susan Klebold, mother of Columbine coward Dylan Klebold, was interviewed by the New York Times about columbiners due to the similarities between the two shootings. I’ll be addressing the Times article in a future post. However, I would like to address something that she said about the aforementioned similarities and for that, I’ll be using The Hill as my source.
In speaking about the trench coat wearing Dimitrios Pagourtzis, Klebold said…
It was like the shooter was being her son “all over again,” Klebold said.
“I do believe there is a contagion,” she said.
No shit it’s a contagion and your demon spawn was patient zero, Just about every school shooting that has happened since Columbine has been influenced by your son and his psychopathic cohort Eric Harris. From major catastrophes like Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, Parkland and Santa Fe to more forgotten but still deadly events like Red Lake, NIU, and Dawson College all have your son’s fingerprints all over them.
The sad part is while your son was the contagion you could have been the vaccine that could have prevented all the bloodshed that hs conspired over the past 19 years if you had just not ignored the obvious signs. Instead, you blame Columbine on the mythical bullying, the easy access of guns, which your son obtained illegally, and even more insulting is that you blame your son’s mental illness, which you did nothing to help. You blame everything except your son who helped light the fuse on almost two decades of senseless killings in his and Harris’ name. You’ve even said that you had nothing to apologize for.
Maybe one of these days you’ll stop acting like you and your bad seed were victims and take responsibility for what the two of you have wrought.
Back when I opposed any form of gun control/gun reform I still wasn’t that much of a fan of the NRA. Not long after Sandy Hook I thought then NRA President Wayne LaPierre was a clueless putz for thinking more police in schools would prevent school shootings. In case you were wondering, armed school resource officers have either been killed or have been the potential targets in various school shootings, Red Lake and Socastee come to mind. So it should come as no surprise that LaPierre’s replacement is just as much of an ignoramus.
“They’ve been drugged in many cases. Nearly all of these perpetrators are male, and they’re young teenagers in most cases, and they’ve come through a culture where violence is commonplace,” he said. “Many of these young boys have been on Ritalin since they were in kindergarten. Now, I am certainly not a doctor, I’m a Marine, but I can see those kinds of things happening.”
Yeah, no shit you’re not a doctor. You’re not exactly the ideal picture of a Marine either. The only reason you’re not considered an actual criminal is that your convictions from the Iran-Contra affair were overturned due to a technicality.
Not only is this a grossly misinformed thing for North to say but it’s dangerous as well. It’s another statement made by someone who is in the pocket of the gun lobby that adds further stigma to mental illness. Think about how many people in our country who abide by the ‘from my cold dead hands’ principle that will believe any falsehood told by some gun-toting authority all because they think the gubmint will take their guns if they don’t. This is along the exact same line of people who say that antidepressants cause school shootings. They don’t care how many people suffer from mental health issues as long as gun owners can continue to maintain a small arsenal in their basement compounds or Unibomber-style shacks.
Guns are far from the most important thing in our country. Hell, they’re not even the most important right in The Constitution. Yet zealots like North and his cronies act like guns are the answer to everything. While guns may not be the cause of school shootings, you can’t have school shootings without the shooting part and too many of these guns are legally finding their way into the hands of a multitude of mass murderers.
And just for shits and giggles here is Oliver North’s mugshot.
In the past, I’ve discussed how much of an assclown I think Texas Governor Greg Abbott is, especially when it came to him kowtowing to the conspiracy theorist nuts over military exercise Jade Helm 15. Apparently, assclownery runs in his administration as his Lieutenant Governor, Dan Patrick, must have recently graduated from assclown college.
Really? We’re going to have this argument again. While Lt. Gov. Patrick claims that according to psychologists and psychiatrists, they will tell you it leads them to become numb to violence, to have less empathy to their victims and be more aggressive. Bullshit. No credible psychological study has ever linked violent video games to school shootings. Mr. Patrick has fallen victim to the belief that correlation equals causation. I will say that there are a plethora of maladjusted people who are attracted to violent video games, but they’re mostly disturbed, to begin with. However, you can say that about any pastime. Would he say watching sports causes domestic violence? Not in Texas he wouldn’t.
Removing religion from schools
Again I say, really? While I am a somewhat religious person and believe a lot of these kids could use some Ten Commandments in their life, what religion is Mr. Patrick referring to? I’m guessing it’s not Judaism and it sure as hell isn’t Islam. If I had to hazard a guess, I would imagine Mr. Patrick is referring to white Baptists. Just a hunch. I wonder if Patrick even knows Dimitrios Pagourtzis was active in the Orthodox Church. Religion and morality should be taught at home and church, not at public schools. There are plenty of avenues for people to take if they want their kids to have a religious education. It can even be argued that religion may contribute to the behavior of school shooters since a number of them are edgelords who claim to be atheists just so they can rebel against an ambiguous ‘church’.
Abortions and ‘broken’ families
While I don’t talk about it that much anymore, I’m not a fan of abortions because I was adopted. However, I don’t see why Patrick is bringing it up here. He says there have been 50 million abortions but doesn’t give a time frame for them. So, wouldn’t more abortions cause fewer school shootings since fewer school shooters would be born? My thought here is that he’s just playing to his pro-life voter base for no discernible reason other than to kiss their collective asses. However, he brings up a talking point I’ve been hearing since Parkland, that broken homes cause school shooters. I find that interesting since both Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold came from two-parent families as did Virginia Tech shooter Cho Seung Hui. Adam Lanza was raised by both parents until they divorced when he was 17. Nikolas Cruz had both parents until they passed away, and more specifically to Santa Fe High, Dimitrios Pagourtzis came from a two-parent household. It’s not the number of parents you have, but the quality of parenting you receive. I also find this kind of ironic since Patrick himself has been divorced. Glass houses and all that.
Irresponsible gun owners
Now this one I kind of agree with, however, Patrick doesn’t go far enough with his assertions. He says that gun owners have a responsibility to be sure their guns are safe at home, but he doesn’t say what should happen to gun owners who aren’t responsible. In a number of school shootings, including the one at Santa Fe High, the shooter obtained their firearms from their parents who didn’t realize their guns were missing until it was too late. Rarely do these negligent gun owners face criminal charges and if they do it’s usually because they’re former felons who are forbidden from owning firearms. What is Lt. Gov. Patrick planning to do with these irresponsible gun owners other than give lip service since even irresponsible gun owners vote in Texas?
Too many entrances to schools
LOL…WUT? Patrick says schools should have the necessary fire exits but then we should funnel students into schools. Yeah, because no one in the history of forever has ever snuck into someplace by using the fire exit. That’s not even taking into account that if someone is determined enough to enter a school armed, fewer entry points are not going to deter them.
Yes, because the answer to school shootings is obviously more guns. Arming teachers is one of the stupidest ideas I’ve ever heard. Let’s have guns that are in the schools on a daily basis that could easily find themselves in the hands of a would-be school shooter. That’s a tremendous idea. Let’s also not forget that teachers are not infallible. While many of them are happy to do their thankless job, there are enough bad apples to make the idea of arming them ridiculous. The only way I would even remotely consider arming a teacher is if they had former military or police experience, otherwise you’re asking for more casualties being caught in the crossfire between an active shooter and an untrained civilian.
The elephants in the room
Lt. Gov. Patrick left out two glaring omissions in his public morality crusade to stop school shootings and they are lax parenting and easy access to guns, especially in a gun-happy state like Texas. That’s because speaking out against those things in the Lone Star State won’t get him re-elected. Remember kids, politicians aren’t acting on your behalf, they’re only acting on theirs.
In the wake of the school shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, where 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis shot and killed 10 people, the specter of bullying was brought up once again. News station WNCN in the Raleigh, North Carolina, area interviewed a criminologist from a local liberal arts school where she was asked if the Santa Fe High Shooting was reminiscent of Columbine. Considering the shooter constantly wore a trench coat/duster in the Texas heat, had a shirt that said ‘born to kill’ and had explosives at the school that didn’t detonate, the answer to that question should be “Ya think?”.
However, putting that scintillating piece of journalism aside, what I really want to talk about is the bullying issue as it applies to school shootings. The article throws this little tidbit in toward the end.
Dr. Amanda Parker says school shooters are often victims of bullying. According to reports 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis was also bullied.
Now I’m not a criminologist. I never even finished college. So far be it from me to tell Dr. Parker how to do her job. However, I would like to know where she found her data on this matter because as far as I’m concerned that’s simply not true. In my opinion, the vast majority of school shooters were not bullied. It’s just that their antisocial behaviors were misinterpreted as them being victims of bullying. As I have mentioned many times before, this ‘bullying myth’ as I call it, started with Columbine when early reports claimed that the cowards of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were bullied. To this day, almost two decades later, there is still no concrete proof that they were bullied. However, there is documented evidence that they were bullies themselves.
Getting back to the Santa Fe shooting, what exactly was the shooter being bullied about before he committed mass murder? According to NBC News, another student said that Pagourtzis was bullied by his football coaches because he smelled bad. Wearing a long black coat all year long in Texas will do that sometimes, but I digress. When a coach or teacher tells you to get your hygiene in order, that’s not bullying, that’s them trying to prevent bullying.
In a phone interview over the weekend with Greece’s Antenna TV, Antonios Pagourtzis said he wished he could have stopped the killing Friday at Santa Fe High School. His voice cracked as he described how he told police to let him inside the school so his son, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, could kill him instead. He said he suspects his son was under pressure, perhaps due to bullying.
This is the same father who allegedly left his shotgun and .38 unguarded so his son could use it in one of the nation’s worst school shootings. So you’ll just have to forgive me if I don’t take him completely at his word.
It’s been almost twenty years since Columbine and we still can’t rid this idiotic trope from the American psyche. Bullying does not cause school shootings. Petulant and entitled children with easy access to guns who can’t emotionally process their own shortcomings cause school shootings.