- He was not expelled from school at the first sign of trouble he created
- No police were ever notified of his threats (plural) against students
- There are conflicting accounts – at least one from a teacher, one from a superintendent – as to whether there was or was not an email sent to all teachers & administrators following any of his threats against other students, and whether there was a warning in that email that that student should not be permitted to return to school with a backpack. The superintended has denied there was any warning.
I’ll put that last another way: The extent of any kind of warning or remedy prior to this incident was to ban the shooter from bringing a backpack on campus.
Jake Tapper asked the school & police officials whom he was interviewing whether any previous signs of disturbance had been watched for, or even casually observed, by any of his peers or family members prior to this incident.
The answer was “no”.
IIRC, the same was said about Eliot Rodger, who killed several women in a college sorority near the home where he lived with his parents after spending several hundreds of hours online with his 4chan buddies (verified by files found later in his computer).
The answer there – before they ran to his computer to look for what they later found – was also “no”.
There’s so much talk about “terrorist profiling”. It was interesting to hear the FL state police and sheriffs talk about “standard terrorist profiling” and that they wouldn’t change anything – and then to have Clint Watts, who’s former federal intelligence, say explicitly that they do NOT try anymore to use a “terrorist profiling” standard in order to learn more about the patterns of these shooters.
Well … I might have a theory for them.
What percentage of shooters in the school shootings we’ve had since that fateful day in November 2016 have been white?
Recent studies reveal that most school shooters are White males, with 97 percent being male and 79 percent White. Over the last three decades, 90 percent of high school or elementary school shootings were the result of White, often upper-middle class, perpetrators
Anybody who knew enough to watch how often he was following anyone online from 4chan, or anyone from the Milo Yannopoulos acolyte crew – on the “right” OR on the “left” – might have found exactly what they were looking for.
There is a pattern. These school shooters are being radicalized online by aggrieved white male entitlement ideology.
We still don’t even have a name, though. (ETA: Nikolaus Cruz, 19.) “We only know what we can see with our two eyes.” - Brian Williams, MSNBC