The Alexis de Tocqueville High School shooting in France

The Tocqueville High School shooting in France

I’m sorry I’m over a week late in posting about this, I’ve been dealing with some minor inconveniences that have put my non-existent posting schedule into a backlog. Then again, when it comes to stories like these, it’s always better to wait until getting all the facts. Maybe not nine days of waiting, but here we are. So let’s get on to it.

On March 16th, 16-year-old Kylian Barbey stormed into Alexis de Tocqueville High School, or as it’s locally called, the Alexis de Tocqueville lycee, with a shotgun and ‘training’ grenades. (Flash-bangs maybe?) Barbey is accused of injuring three people at the school, including the Headmaster, Herve Pizzinat. Mr. Pizzinat is said to have not been the intended target, while two other students were struck by ricocheting bullets. Barbey reportedly told Mr. Pizzinat that “It’s not you I’m after.” The wounded Headmaster was said to have tried to talk Barbey into disarming even after being shot. Barbey was said to have been quickly apprehended by police. One witness had said that Barbey “seemed to be a student and not very big. He shot in the air and ran away.” That seems about right, a coward acting in a cowardly way. One witness said that Barbey had been allegedly bullied by classmates, but then the question remains, was he bullied because he was already an antisocial school shooting fanatic? While there were reports of a second gunman, as there usually are, this turned out to be untrue.

What comes as no surprise to me is that Barbey was a columbiner, or a school shooting fanboy for lack of a better word. Barbey is so much of a columbiner, that he’s almost a parody of what people think school shooters are. Reports say that he changed his name to Killian on his Facebook page and that on his Facebook page he had a picture inspired by the crass video game Hatred. On his YouTube page he only had a video of the movie Zero Day, which is a ‘found footage’ movie about a fictional school shooting. While it’s actually a good movie, it’s also become a hit among the cult-like columbiners. He is also said to have subscribed to the YouTube channel of Marilyn Manson. Manson was incorrectly blamed for having some type of influence on the Columbine shooting. I’m surprised he wasn’t subscribed to Rammstein’s YouTube channel since that was who the Columbine cowards actually listened to. He also had a playlist on Youtube entitled ‘Columbine’ that included saved videos about US school shootings. You might be surprised about how many of them are on YouTube, but that’s a rant for another day, especially considering YouTube’s latest controversy about hate speech and advertising, but I digress.

A day after the shooting, both Barbey’s best friend and his friend’s brother were arrested for allegedly assisting Barbey. The 17-year-old friend was also said to have been a columbiner. The friend was said to have sent a letter to “an American prisoner in the state of Ohio who is serving a sentence for committing three murders at a high school.” It’s not hard to surmise that they must be talking about T.J. Lane, who killed three students during a shooting spree at Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio. After the shooting in Ohio, Lane amassed a number of his own misguided followers.

The guns used in the shooting were said to have belonged to his parents and grandparents which allows me to bring up one of my usual points. While Barbey’s father is described as a right-wing municipal councilor in the town of Grasse, I’m more curious to know who was actually checking up on his son’s behavior as it doesn’t appear to be something that just started overnight.

What also gets me is that this punk is only 16-years-old. He wasn’t even alive when Columbine happened, yet he still encapsulates the same sense of selfish entitlement that his cowardly heroes imbue.

Now that I’m tuned in to the story, I’ll be posting more updates as they become available and as time allows.

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20 years after Bethel High School shooting gunman makes no excuses, but the media does

20 years after Bethel High School shooting gunman makes no excuses, but the media does

I haven’t posted much about the Bethel High School shooting that happened in Anchorage, Alaska, back in 1997. Back then a 16-year-old Evan Ramsey took a shotgun to the school and opened fire killing Principal Ron Edwards and student Josh Palacios. Ramsey was tried as an adult and was sentenced to close to 200 years in prison. Back in 2008, Ramsey gave an interview to Nightline where he blamed the shooting on everyone but himself. He blamed everything from video games, to bullies, to the kid who taught him how to shoot a gun. He even tried to claim that he didn’t think death was permanent at the time of the shooting.

Now, with the 20th anniversary of the shooting having just passed yesterday, the Alaskan media have spoken to Ramsey and he seems to have changed his tune.

From the Alaska Dispatch News

Ramsey said he is not making excuses or blaming video games, rock music or anything else, unlike how it sounded years ago in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. He is not looking for sympathy. He said he is speaking up to say how wrong he was and to help others, like school counselors, understand the rage that took hold.

“I can’t say that I am sorry enough,” Ramsey said. A correctional officer announced time was up. He said he hopes everyone he hurt will find closure, peace.

From KTVA

“There’s a part of me that will always be sad,” Evan Ramsey said. “Sad for what I did. But the small amount of sorrow that I have, others feel more.”

Evan Ramsey says he’s sorry for his crime and wishes he had known then that his high school years would pass quickly and his frustrations over bullying would be over.

So for once it seems that we have a school shooter that’s finally owning up to the responsibility of his actions. However, that hasn’t stopped the press for making the excuses for him. For example, the ADN headline reads “Evan Ramsey’s tattered life filled him with rage. Then he brought a shotgun to school.” Both articles I link to spend more time going over Ramsey’s childhood then they do about the victims of the shooting. They spend paragraphs on Ramsey’s father being sent to prison for his own attempted mass shooting and how his mother became an alcoholic. They talk about the bullying he suffered at school ad nauseam. Both articles are written in such a way that Ramsey’s childhood is supposed to somehow excuse the double homicide he committed.

If Ramsey is willing to accept responsibility for his crime the press is doing a major disservice by playing up his childhood issues. By doing so, they’re not only excusing his actions but they make them seem acceptable by potential school shooters.

SPU shooter sentenced to 112 years

SPU shooter sentenced to 112 years

Seattle Pacific University gunman Aaron Ybarra was sentenced to 112 years behind bars for his 2014 attack that left student Paul Lee dead.

Prior to the sentence being handed down Ybarra had this to say

“I realize I have damaged more than just innocent people,” Ybarra said. “I’ve damaged the community, maybe the world … I wish I could take back what I did.”

Again, probably more sorry that he got caught, and wasn’t able to join his heroes in the cowardly halls of hell.

Ybarra had also previously claimed that his plan was instructed to him by God and Satan. However, the prosecution noted that Ybarra didn’t make any such claims until he had already been in detention and heard talk of ‘God’s plan’ through ministries in jail.

There has been a lot of speculation that Ybarra is somehow representative of the failure of mental healthcare in this country. Let’s not forget that Ybarra was receiving treatment, but not only did he discount the treatment from day one, but also went off his meds so he could ‘feel the hate’.

So don’t shed a tear for Ybarra, he’s going exactly where he belongs for the rest of his natural life, away from society where he can’t hurt anyone anymore.

Shots fired at Baton Rouge high school

A 14-year-old suspect has been taken into custody after he allegedly produced a weapon and opened fire on the campus of Scotlandville Magnet High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Luckily, no one was struck by the bullets.

Early reports say that the student was a recent transfer to the school and witnesses say that the suspect was going to fight someone at lunch before pulling the gun and firing randomly outside. Please keep in mind that early reports of shootings like this can often be rumors and are subject to change.

The suspect was caught off campus by a plainclothes detective after the shooter allegedly threw the gun onto the roof of a building. The gun has been recovered. So far the shooter has not been named due to his age. Also there’s been no word on how the gun was obtained.

Since he was a new kid and was allegedly supposed to fight someone I can almost hear the ‘bullying’ cry going out. Let’s wait before we hear more details before we start the weeping and gnashing of teeth. As with the majority of shooters, it could very well turn out that he’s the bully. Even if he isn’t, it’s still no reason to try to kill someone.

UPDATE 2/7/2017: Investigators say that a fight between the shooter and four other students started on social media. No word what the fight was about yet.

UPDATE 2/9/2017: Yesterday, bail was set for the suspect at $110,000 on second-degree attempted murder charges. As of yesterday he was still being held in juvenile detention.

UPDATE 2/14/2017: Yesterday another student of the school, 17-year-old Quantae Kentrell Gray, was arrested for bringing yet another gun to the school. This same article that I linked to also identified the initial suspect as 14-year-old Jermaine Moore.

West Liberty-Salem High gunman wanted victim to shoot him

West Liberty-Salem High gunman wanted victim to shoot him

As an update to the shooting at West Liberty-Salem High School in Ohio, a second person was also injured in the shooting, but was said to have injuries that were not life threatening.

This past Monday,gunman Ely Ray Serna was in court and denied the charges, which I imagine is the juvenile equivalent of pleading not guilty. His attorney actually requested that he be allowed to return to his home with his parents. Thankfully, the judge ordered him held in juvenile detention for now, noting that the shooting “involved significant planning.”

Serna’s sister says that her brother is not a monster, but is unclear what his motive may have been.

Now, in a new Sheriff’s report that was released today, Serna allegedly apologized to Logan Cole after shooting him. Then Serna reportedly offered the gun to Cole and asked him to pull the trigger while the shotgun was pointed at Serna’s forehead. Cole is said to have refused the offer. The 17-year-old gunman then kicked the gun across the floor before being apprehended by school staff.

I can honestly say that’s the first time I’ve ever heard of a school shooter offering his victim some form of restitution, not to mention showing signs of regret in the middle of their spree. In my opinion this doesn’t seem like the typical school shooting where the gunman is seeking some kind of fame or retribution. To me it seems more like he was trying to commit suicide by cop then lost his nerve after shooting Logan Cole. That in no way should be seen as an excuse for his actions. He shot Logan Cole twice with a 12 gauge shotgun at close range, once in the chest and again in the arm. For committing such a wanton act of violence he should be tried as an adult. That decision could be made as early as this coming Friday when Serna returns to court.

UPDATE 1/28/2017: Victim Logan Cole is said to have a shotgun pellet in his heart. While the injury is not life threatening at present, if left untreated could cause a heart infection.

This is said to be the GoFundMe set up for Logan Cole by his father.

UPDATE 2/3/2017: Today in court, a judge ordered a competency hearing for Serna, and that he remain in juvenile detention for now.

UPDATE 2/6/2017: Logan Cole has been released from the hospital, and is now home. His father states that he is still at risk of infection due to the shotgun pellets that they couldn’t retrieve.

UPDATE 2/17/2017: Logan Cole has returned to class, but is currently wearing a brace on his torso that should be removed within months.

Ohio school shooting injures one, shooter in custody

Ohio school shooting injures one, gunman in custody

Earlier today a 17-year-old gunman opened fire at West Liberty High School in West Liberty, Ohio. The school is actually known as West Liberty-Salem Middle /High School but for the sake of convenience I’ll use the former.

The as yet unidentified gunman is said to have fired several shotgun rounds through walls and windows of the school. A few of those shots struck 16-year-old Logan Cole who is said to be in stable condition. Cole was not the intended target according to police but no motive has been released as of yet. School staff were able to pin the shooter to the ground until police arrived. Police also searched the home of the shooter but it has not yet been reported if anything has been seized. So far the suspect has been charged as a juvenile with felonious assault.

As I was reading the reports of the shooting I kept running across one particular quote that always seems to make it into articles regarding the initial reports of a school shooting…

“Especially in … such a small town like this, where you pretty much know everyone who lives in the town, you just never think that stuff like this is going to happen,” she said.

I guess we have to go over the list again don’t we? Did anyone ever know about Littleton, Colorado, before Columbine or Newtown, Connecticut, before Sandy Hook? Even in Ohio, did anyone ever heard of Chardon before the shooting at Chardon High that left three dead? There is no ‘it can’t happen here’.

I’ll post more details as they become available and as time allows.

(Sources)
Columbus Dispatch
WHIO
CBS News
ABC News

UPDATE 1/21/2017: The shooter has been identified as Ely Ray Serna. He is facing charges of attempted murder, felonious assault, improperly discharging a firearm, inducing panic and bringing a deadly weapon into a school safety zone. Prosecutors are saying that he may be charged as an adult. In my opinion he should be absolutely charged as an adult.

Also, it seems the school with many names is mostly known as West Liberty-Salem High School which is how I will refer to it going forward.

School shooting at American school in Mexico

School shooting at American school in Mexico

15-year-old Federico Guevara opened fire earlier today at Colegio Americano del Noreste, or American College of the Northeast, in the Mexican city of Monterrey. The shooting was caught on security camera footage, which then found its way onto social media, then traditional media. Guevara was said to be in a sitting position when he produced his pistol shooting the student in front of him, then his teacher. He then fired more rounds into the classroom striking two other students. He turned the gun on himself, pulled the trigger but missed. The gunman then said something to his classmates before shooting himself in the head. Guevara died later from his wounds at a hospital. The gun was a .22 that he had brought from home. The three victims are alive, but suffering from grave injuries.

No motive has been reported, but many reports say that the teen was being treated for depression. While many who commit crimes like this usually suffer from mental illness, is this really necessary to report? Many people suffer from depression, including myself. The way it’s being reported in this instance feels like it’s labeling people with depression as potential killers which further adds to the stigma of seeking mental healthcare. If history is any indicator the true motive will probably have something more to do with the shooter’s own failings that he blames on others.

UPDATE 1/19/2017: Some reports have identified the gunman as Federico Guevara Elizondo.

UPDATE 1/21/2017: The shooter allegedly told other students that he would be bringing a gun to school but no believed he would actually do it. For God’s sake people, in this day and age even if someone says this as a joke you need to report it. Its better to have it be not true and have someone inconvenienced rather than having three people in the hospital with gunshot wounds to the head.

Police have also said that there is no truth to the rumor that the gunman threatened the shooting online.

There have NOT been 200 school shootings since Sandy Hook

There have NOT been 200 school shootings since Sandy Hook

I have no problem with gun violence prevention groups, that is unless they try to portray the facts wrongly. That’s what I think Everytown for Gun Safety is doing once again. Previously in June of 2014 they claimed that there had been 74 school shootings since the shootings at Sandy Hook. Then in late 2015, they claimed that there had been 47 school shootings that year. Now with yesterday being the anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting, the advocacy group is now claiming that there have been 200 school shooting incidents since then. As usual, it feels like Everytown is misleading the public with their claims. This time not only is Everytown playing fast and loose with the numbers, but they’re also misrepresenting themselves with their phrasing as well.

First, let’s take a look at the number 200. There have not been 200 school shootings as we think of them. When most people think of school shootings, they think of tragedies like Sandy Hook or Columbine. Since Sandy Hook there have been 17 school shootings with the most recent one being the shooting at Townville Elementary School back in September. As far as their phrasing goes, Everytown is trying to play it coy this time. Instead of saying there have been 200 school shootings since Sandy Hook, they’re now saying that there have been 200 school shooting ‘incidents’ since Sandy Hook. The word ‘incidents’ is a C.Y.A. word like ‘allegedly’. The problem is, even if they’re using the word ‘incidents’, the public, and most media, still perceive it as 200 school shootings. If they wanted to be more honest and use less scare tactics they would say that there have been 200 gun related crimes that happened near schools since Sandy Hook, but that doesn’t make a catchy headline.

Please don’t get me wrong. Not only is 17 school shootings in 4 years still pretty disturbing, so is 200 shootings near schools. However, as I have said in the past, when you call everything a school shooting, it lessens the impact of actual school shootings. After a while, we’ll all become numb to whatever is being called a school shooting, and we’ll just shrug them off like it was a shoplifting charge.

My advice to Everytown is not to sensationalize the statistics. 17 school shootings, or 18 including Sandy Hook, in the past four years is still pretty disturbing. However, as the saying goes “A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic” and you’re getting awfully close to statistic territory.

Sandy Hook truther charged with making death threats against victim’s family

Sandy Hook truther charged with making death threats
Lucy Richards

57-year-old Lucy Richards of Tampa, Florida, has been arrested for allegedly sending death threats to a Sandy Hook victim’s family. If you’re not familiar with the Sandy Hook truthers, they’re a bunch of conspiracy theorists who believe that the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School never took place and was a hoax perpetrated by the government designed to confiscate guns from gun owners. In the past I’ve posted about one such individual who confronted Vickie Soto’s sister and told her that she never existed.

Richards is accused of telling the parent “you gonna die, death is coming to you real soon,” according to federal court documents. The statements were made in January. She also wrote, “Look behind you it’s death,” according to the documents.

The parent that she was allegedly threatening was Lenny Pozner whose young son Noah was killed at Sandy Hook. Pozner has become the target of the tin foil hat wearing nutjobs because he took on the unenviable task of engaging these morons in discussing the reality of Sandy Hook.

Mr. Pozner has previously said the following about the Sandy Hook truthers

“Conspiracy theorists erase the human aspect of history,” Pozner told the magazine.

“My child — who lived, who was a real person — is basically going to be erased.”

If convicted, Richards is looking at 20 years behind bars.

With the fourth anniversary of the tragedy approaching in the next couple of days I’d imagine that a number of these cretins will start emerging from the fetid swamps of their unreasonable imaginations.

UPDATE 12/16/2016: Richards has pleaded not guilty to making death threats against Mr. Pozner.

UPDATE 3/7/2017: Richards is now expected to plead guilty in a change of plea hearing scheduled for March 29th.

Parents prevent possible school shooting in Utah

Parents prevent possible school shooting in Utah

Hell has frozen over, the Seventh Seal has been broken and grab two of each animal and head for the border because the end is nigh. Two parents in Bountiful, Utah, actually prevented their 15-year-old son from possibly shooting up Mueller Park Junior High. The suspect allegedly stole two guns from his parents’ gun safe and took them to the school. The parents not only noticed the guns were missing, but that their son was acting strangely the morning of the incident. Let’s hear it for attentive parenting for once.

The parents rushed to the school in order to locate their son when they heard a gunshot. The suspect fired a shot into the ceiling of a classroom then held the gun to his neck. His mother found him in the classroom and disarmed him before anything else could happen. Luckily no one was physically injured. The guns were said to have been secured properly in their safe, but it has not been made public how the suspect obtained the guns.

The suspect is currently being held in a juvenile facility and has been charged only with misdemeanors so far. Felonies could be forthcoming. So far no motive has been made public.

How many school shootings in the US could have been prevented just by parents being more attentive than they were? How many more people would be alive today if more people acted as parents rather than friends? Not just friends though, a lot of parents of school shooters acted even more like acquaintances being barely involved in their children’s life. Too many parents are trying to be the cool parents rather than good parents. Luckily these parents were very good.

UPDATE 12/17/2016: Local prosecutors are looking to charge the suspect as an adult. He has been charged with three felonies of two counts of theft and a count of discharging a firearm on school ground.

UPDATE 12/26/2016: The teen suspect has pleaded not guilty. His attorney says it was a ‘cry or help’ and he never meant to hurt anyone.

In my opinion that doesn’t matter. He allegedly took multiple guns to the school and fired one of the guns. It’s only by sheer luck that one was injured or killed.

UPDATE 2/13/2017: The suspect has entered a guilty plea to discharging a firearm at the school. The plea agreement means three other charges have been dropped. He could be held in juvenile detention until he is 21 when he is sentenced on February 23rd.

UPDATE 2/27/2017: Late last week the suspect was sentenced to juvenile detention for an indeterminate amount of time. According to reports, he could be held as little as six months and as much as until he’s 21. The judge left that matter in the hands of the Youth Parole Authority.