"Your time is limited so don't waste it living someone else's life.
Don't be trapped by Dogma which is living with the results of other people's thinking.
Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become."
- Steve Jobs

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

How can this happen?

Student gunman Jeff Weise fired 45 times during his rampage through the halls of a Minneapolis high school last month, it has been revealed.

New details of the Red Lake High School shootings show the teenager killed all seven of his victims in three minutes. The 16-year-old then wandered through the school firing at random, wounding other students.

Weise killed five students, a teacher and a security guard on March 22 after earlier killing his grandfather and his grandfather's girlfriend at their home. The teenager arrived at the school armed with a shotgun and a semi-automatic pistol and wearing a bulletproof vest.

The FBI said Weise's personal journal and e-mails suggested he planned the attack in advance.


This is such a sad story - HE WAS 16 YEARS OF AGE and he planned this murder in advance, and executed it with the clinical detatchment of a seasoned killer.

What makes a child so young so ANGRY and so full of hate that he would do such a thing?? It's almost beyond my comprehension the rage that must have been inside that young boy. What caused it? What happened in his childhood to fuck him up so badly? I don't know anything about his background, who he was brought up by, whether there was any abuse, any history of mental problems. But this certainly goes beyond your average teenage hormonal hissy fit. How on earth are we going to spot the signs and help these kids before such deaths occur?

Will the media and the family once again blame Marilyn Manson? Will they blame the State for "letting him down", will they blame the school for messing with his mind, will they blame his friends and peer pressure, or TV and movies and their "promotion of violence"? It seems that before they start lashing out at others they should take a long hard look at themselves and their parenting and the 16 years of that boy's life. Then they and other parents should bloody learn from it.

Meanwhile in the good ol' US of A, they continue to sell firearms to Tom, Dick, Harry and Harry's mom without decent background checks, Hollywood keeps churning out violent movies, TV keeps showing them earlier and earlier, parents install TVs in their 5 year olds bedroom and leave them to be brought up by Big Bird or Arnold Schwarzennegger, and the desensitising, dumbing down, and maturing-too-quick of the next generation continues. Land of the Free, home of the Dead....

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