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Tragedy [Oct. 2nd, 2006|02:50 pm]
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So, a trucker walks in to an Amish one-room school house....

It would make a decent beginning to a joke, except for the part where it ends with him murdering at least three little girls.

What the hell is wrong with people?

According to this CNN story, he was targeting young girls. He let the boys go. He let the adult women with children go. He then shot 10 little girls. Apparently, to "avenge" some wrong he was dealt 20 years ago.

Conveniently, he then killed himself. Leaving a batch of families and his own wife to deal with the mess.

I sit here, trying to imagine what kind of monster can look into the eyes of a terrified child and just shoot her. Just imagining them, their fright, their sobs, I am in tears. I can't even begin to fathom what it takes to be the kind of monster who would do such a thing.

He's not alone, this gunman. There's nothing lone about him. He's just one of three this week who have decided that shooting up a school is a great idea.

He was a trucker. Just passing by. When he called his wife, he told her he didn't even know where he was. But three children are dead, seven more are wounded, and a tight-knit community is thrown into chaos and grief because on the afternoon of October 2, he had to get this off his chest.

God help us.

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[User Picture]From: heathrow
2006-10-02 07:05 pm (UTC)
I can't believe there is that kind of evil. I don't want to believe.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-10-02 07:10 pm (UTC)
I am filled with so much impotent rage and sadness that I can hardly think. And it makes me sick to think of my daughter going off to high school every day.
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[User Picture]From: pleepleus
2006-10-02 07:13 pm (UTC)
I am livid. How in the fuck does that make it even? How did killing those little girls today, or that poor girl last week, make up for some bullshit that happened to them when they were kids?

Why? When did our schools become the perfect place to settle scores with females?

I am at a loss. I want to go get my daughter and hide her away from the world. For the first time, I am truly scared for her safety, all because she is a girl in a public school.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-10-02 07:16 pm (UTC)
I don't know. But it makes me scared that my daughter is in high school. Statistically, sure, the chances are low of anything ever happening to her. But that is of little solace to the parents of the girls who are dead.

I don't know how it makes up for it. Only that it takes a sick, twisted, evil mind to think that inflicting pain on someone else will make his pain any better.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-10-02 07:29 pm (UTC)
You know what? I don't want to judge on a curve. In the age of Dickens, orphans were left to starve on the street, and people beat children regularly. I don't take comfort in how much we've "improved" when I hear about some bastard killing his baby by shaking it.
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[User Picture]From: cleobourne
2006-10-02 07:30 pm (UTC)
*hangs her head for prayers*
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[User Picture]From: areawoman
2006-10-02 07:36 pm (UTC)
Ya, I don't even know what to say about this.
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[User Picture]From: undertheivy99
2006-10-02 07:39 pm (UTC)
Besides being pissed-off, I'm curious to know what happened 20 years ago that this guy thought shooting a bunch of girls who weren't even born at that time - much less responsible for his hurt feelings - seemed to make everything even/steven.

And I wonder what the person or persons who DID wrong this guy 20 years ago are thinking. "Glad it wasn't me," or "Why was he THAT upset," or some such thing.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-10-02 07:46 pm (UTC)
And I wonder what the person or persons who DID wrong this guy 20 years ago are thinking. "Glad it wasn't me," or "Why was he THAT upset," or some such thing.

You know, I'm willing to bet that said person or persons isn't even aware that s/he is the cause of all this. It was probably an incident completely forgotten by that person. I mean, dude, the guy was 12 when whatever the hell this was happened. Now he's married and employed and an frelling adult. I mean, seriously. Let it go.
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From: tessbelle
2006-10-02 07:45 pm (UTC)
God help us. Why can't people just shoot themselves? Why do they have to take others, especially innocent children, with them?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-10-02 07:47 pm (UTC)
Because that wouldn't make a "statement."

Bastard. Freakin' bastard.
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[User Picture]From: kibbles
2006-10-02 07:53 pm (UTC)
I read something about it being 'execution style' which means he didnt even have the guts to look in their faces.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-10-02 08:04 pm (UTC)
I just keep crying.
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[User Picture]From: brujah
2006-10-02 07:57 pm (UTC)
I can't wrap my brain around any of this shit and I can't seem to formulate a response that doesn't involve bodily harm, ranting, or a lot of swearing at the helplessness I feel.

I think the reality of how twisted the world has become sank in for me when my daughter explained what a 'code red' was when she was in the first grade. A code red, you see, means "a stranger is in the school and you have to hide." She went on to tell me that the hiding is fun, but when the bell does that special ring, it was really scary.

No. What is really scary is the fact that my daughter, who was seven at the time, had to freaking learn how to HIDE in her school in case a stranger with a weapon entered the premises.

As for this latest evil fucker's revenge, all I can say is: Who among us *wasn't* wronged as a kid by someone? Parents, friends, siblings, strangers, whoever - we were _all_ wronged by someone on something we still remember.

*shakes her head*
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[User Picture]From: dubheach
2006-10-02 08:05 pm (UTC)
Excellent point. I had a rough time in high school and still feel the best revenge is living well.

I cannot imagine what the parents are going through. I have two daughters: 5 and 2 and my mind literally blocks when I think of life without them.
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[User Picture]From: geli_tripping
2006-10-02 08:27 pm (UTC)
How awful. My heart goes out to the girls and their families.
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[User Picture]From: jadziaesq
2006-10-02 08:37 pm (UTC)
I have to agree with you on that. More and more these monstors are coming out of woodwork. And you can't say that they are all old or all young or that they were tortured as children. B/c some of them are children.

I just don't know where this world is going to, but so far the road is not looking good.
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From: odclay
2006-10-02 08:59 pm (UTC)
I didn't pay much attention to the Colorado thing, but I live barely twenty miles away from Cazenovia, so I woke up a bit when </i>that</i> happened. And now this? Killing little girls? That's just sick.

Why do we think we can solve our problems by killing innocent bystanders? Geez...
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From: elgordo303
2006-10-02 10:36 pm (UTC)

god can't help us

the christian tenet of free will prevents direct action by the creator ...
basically ... the human race is done ... it's just a matter of time.
"dead mankind walking"
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-10-03 01:56 am (UTC)

Re: god can't help us

Not a cheerful attitude, and not one that I share.
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[User Picture]From: apostate_96
2006-10-03 12:35 am (UTC)
There are definitely times when knowing why someone did something doesn't help any. It just leaves you understanding how someone can end up going from (reasonably) sane and rational to doing something horrible. What's harder about that is then seeing how that could happen to lots of people. It honestly brings no comfort. It might sound really, REALLY strange, but I'm glad you don't get it.

And I'd be happy to explain more over e-mail or IM if you'd like.

It is still terrible and tragic and ultimately sad. I can't help thinking that, if nothing else right now, God's crying along with the rest of us.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-10-03 02:00 am (UTC)
I do understand what you mean - empathy is not always a useful skill.
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[User Picture]From: batshua
2006-10-03 03:44 am (UTC)
What the hell?!

I disappear off the internet for ONE day and … yikes.

That's seriously unhappy.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-10-03 09:27 am (UTC)
Yes, yes it is.
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