|So, now the shooter's brother has been arrested. We don't know why, just yet. My guess is that he was involved in getting the shooter the firearm(s) he used.|
From the report:
Coon, who was white, stood out in the predominantly black school for dressing in a goth style, wearing a black trench coat, black boots, a dog collar and chains, she said.
Henderson, who is black, she said she didn't believe race played a role in the shootings.
"He's crazy. He threatened to blow up our school. He threatened to stab everybody," said Doneisha LeVert, 14. "We didn't think nothing of it."
Police believe Coon, wearing a Marilyn Manson shirt, black jeans and black nail polish, targeted the two teachers he shot Wednesday.
Great. Across the country, all disenchanted goth kids are suspects once again. I look down at myself, sitting at this keyboard. I happened to wear all black today, black shirt, black jeans. My black coat hangs behind my door. I like wearing black. I don't paint my nails. I have only one Marilyn Manson CD. And none on my iPod -- a black iPod.
Coon's troubles seemed to come to a breaking point this week. Students said Monday's fight was over God — Coon told his classmates he didn't believe in God and instead worshipped rocker Marilyn Manson.
It just keeps getting better. In a matter of minutes, the Christianists will come flying out of their batcaves, saying that godless atheism caused all this. All other reasons and factors will fall away, and it will be all because he didn't let Jesus into his blackened little heart. And in a few days it will be back to sleepy normal.
But here is the part that takes the cake:
Also Thursday, a high school student said that he and classmates had warned their principal about Asa H. Coon, the 14-year-old suspect in the shootings.
The student, Rasheem Smith, said on CBS' "Early Show" that despite their warnings about Coon, the principal, Johneita Durant, told them she was too busy.
Smith, 15, said that the shooting may have been prevented, and that it was known Coon had a gun. "He was talking about doing it last week," he said.
"I told my friends in the class that he had a gun and stuff," Smith said. "He was talking about doing it last week. I don't know why they didn't say nothing."
I went to a couple of different high schools myself, and while the principal at the second high school could be aptly described as a douche nozzle, the principals at the first school, that inner-city Youngstown school, would not have sat on their hands if a student came up to them with something like this. I suspect that this principal has a side to the story that is considerably different, but if the students' account is in fact the case, this is a serious oversight. And it should not go without careful investigation, and appropriate sanctions.
And where were the parents in all this? I tried to be one of those all black wearing kids, but my parents refused to let me dress like that. My parents weren't particularly harsh, far far from it. But I wasn't allowed to leave the house like that. And I'm not saying that the clothes make the kid. But if a parent can't even get a handle on that, what else are they failing to do?
But that's ok, it won't be the parents fault either. It will be because the little SOB didn't love Jesus. Wait for it.