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No, Jaylen Fryberg Was Not Mentally Ill

Radar is calling it “shocking” and “bizarre” that Jaylen Fryberg’s friends and classmates miss him, that they have good things to say about him, and that they’ve built a memorial for him by the memorials for his victims at the Marysville-Pilchuck High School fence. Late last week, Fryberg shot and killed one classmate and seriously injured four others before turning the gun on himself.

By all accounts, Jaylen Fryberg was a nice kid from a good family. You don’t have to be a bad person to own or shoot a gun or feel like hurting someone, and you don’t have to be crazy. Remember when six-year-old Dedrick Owens killed a seven-year-old classmate? He said “I don’t like you” before he pulled the trigger. He did it in front of classmates. To me, casually, these situations sound remarkably similar. A fifteen-year-old — going through puberty, dealing with the stresses of adolescence, and inexperienced with dealing with a breakup — is not necessarily that much more emotionally intelligent or composed than a six-year-old. He was a kid, not a maniac. Keep reading »

Mommie Dearest: School Shootings, Toxic Masculinity & “Boys Will Be Boys”

Mommie Dearest: School Shootings, Toxic Masculinity & "Boys Will Be Boys"

Another school shooting. This time it took place at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington state. Fourteen-year-old high school freshman Jaylen Fryberg, pulled a gun out during lunch and began shooting, killing two 14-year-old girls, and severely wounding three other students before dying from a self-inflicted gun shot. Like with each school shooting before this one, we all sit back and wonder… why? How?

We can talk about guns as the root of all evil in these instances (Fryberg used a gun that was legally purchased) — and in fact, we should be shouting about the ease of access to guns in this country — but it’s not that simple. Because there’s more to it than just guns. Reports are slowly coming in that Fryberg may have targeted particular students at his school over a recent breakup. While we may never truly know his motivation, many are starting to piece together information gathered from fellow students and Fryberg’s own social media accounts. A student at Marysville-Pilchuk High School told the Seattle Times that Fryberg was “angry about a romantic relationship he was involved in, and that the girl was one of the people shot,” according to a student. Another student spoke about Fryberg and one of the victims, telling Reuters that she “heard he asked her out and she rebuffed him and was with his cousin.” The student boils it down: “It was a fight over a girl.” Keep reading »

At Least 2 Students Are Dead And 6 Shot In Seattle Area School Shooting

A shooter at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, just outside of Seattle, has killed at least three people, including himself, and shot six, according to Marysville-Pilchuck students who have been tweeting through the shooting for the last two hours. The shooter, a male student at the school, opened fire in the school’s cafeteria during lunch period. The names of the deceased have been released to students, but the Marysville Police have yet to release any information to the press concerning the number of students injured or killed or the identities of the deceased.

Several of the students have had information requested by the police and several have turned it down. This Daily Dot article aggregated a few of the live tweets from students during the shooting — they’re insightful and worth looking into, but of course, please don’t contact the students in this moment of distress. Hashtags #MPHS, #PrayForMP, #PrayForMarysville, and #PrayForPilchuck are trending. [Daily Dot]

Teacher Who Lived Through Most Recent School Shooting Has A Powerful Message That Needs To Be Shared

Open Letter From Reynolds High School Teacher

Earlier this week, a 15-year-old boy brought an assault rifle, a semi-automatic handgun, and several hundred rounds of ammo to Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon. He shot and killed a 14-year-old classmate, Emilio Hoffman, in the boys’ locker room before being cornered by police and taking his own life. The shooter got everything he needed to carry out a mass murder from his parents, “responsible gun owners” who kept the military-style weapons and ammunition in the family home.

Seth Needler, a teacher at Reynolds who was hunkered down in a classroom with 40 students during the shooting and ensuing lockdown, wrote up a chilling account of the ordeal and a call to action to fix our nation’s epidemic of gun violence. He posted it on Facebook, and it has been shared nearly 3,000 times so far. Read his powerful words in their entirety below, and keep sharing it — and demanding action — until our leaders finally take note. Not one more. Keep reading »

Gunman, Student Dead In Oregon School Shooting

Gunman, Student Dead In Oregon School Shooting

A lone gunman and a student are dead in a school shooting this morning at a high school about 12 miles outside Portland, Ore., police are confirming, contrary to earlier reports that the only casualty was the shooter. The gunman opened fire at Reynolds High School while classes were in session at about 8am local time, reports the AP; a local police rep confirms to CNN that a semiautomatic weapon was involved. Read more on Newser…

Remembering Nancy Lanza, The Sandy Hook Shooter’s Mother

Remembering Nancy Lanza, The Sandy Hook Shooter's Mother

The first person that Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old who murdered 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary, killed on December 14, 2012, was his own mother. She was murdered in her pajamas, lying her in bed, with four bullets to the head. The New Yorker has a profile of Adam’s father, Peter Lanza, in their most recent issue. Written by Andrew Solomon, it is the first time that Peter Lanza has ever spoken to the press about his son’s crimes. However, what stuck out to me most was not Peter unfathomable trauma or even Adam’s cornucopia of possible illnesses — depression? OCD? schizophrenia? insanity? — but instead Adam’s mother and Peter’s ex-wife, Nancy Lanza.

In the mid-2000s, a Yale psychiatry nurse specialist named Kathleen Koenig met with Adam after a time period in which he had started and then abruptly stopped using the antidepressant Lexapro, due to negative side effects. Throughout his teens, The New Yorker describes, Adam would frequently have “meltdowns” and cry alone, sometimes for hours at a time, behind a locked door.  Nurse Koenig wrote that she implored Adam to take medication: “I told him he’s living in a box right now, and the box will only get smaller over time if he doesn’t get some treatment.”

Reading that, it seems to me that Nancy Lanza was also living in a box that was only getting smaller if Adam didn’t get treatment. Keep reading »

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