I have been wondering what prompted Weiss to kill his Grandfather and step-grandmother, before he went to the school, and what their relationship was
I had been under the impression that Weiss lived with his grandparents, since his mom is in a hospital with brain damage and his father killed
himself after a stand-off with police 4 years ago.
Apparently, that is not the case, though I can't find any mention of who he was living with. Where he was residing does seems fairly significant,
however, given the fact that he was being taught at home by a tutor, due to an unspecified medical (mental?) problem.
The following is a quote from Weiss' grandmother, on his relationship with his grandfather:
Weise's relatives have said they are dumbfounded as to why the troubled teenager went on the rampage, and some said they worry that he was
put on too high a dose of the anti-depressant Prozac after a suicide attempt last summer. "Jeff loved his grandpa," said Shelda Lussier,
Weise's grandmother. "His grandpa was the only one who [Jeff] would let cut his hair."
Hardly a negative description of their relationship, like I had expected. This, added to the possibility that one of his victims at the school, Chase
Lussier, might also have been related to him (FBI agent Tabman refused to say whether or not they were related), makes me think that Weiss wasn't
acting out of rage or hate.
Two of his classmates and friends, one of whom was seriously injured by Weiss had this to say of him:
When asked if she was angry with Weise for what he had done, Kingbird said, "No, he was my friend, but he also killed some of my friends, too.
... All the times I was sad he made me feel happy." And, despite his injuries, Ryan Auginash, also a friend of Weise's, has already forgiven the
killer for his actions, according to his brother Andrew.
"He has a good heart," Andrew Auginash told The Associated Press. "He forgave the shooter," whom Ryan said he thought "just flipped out,"
according to Andrew.
Kingbird was in the gymnasium of Red Lake High during the shooting, and even though she considered herself a friend of Weise's, she's confident that
if he had seen her he would have shot her as well.
Now for starters, these are some exceptionally understanding and compassionate kids. In a world where people frequently pass judgement on others and
rarely forgive or try to understand anyone or anything, these kids have shown a strength of character few will ever possess.
As to the point of all this (and this is just a thought so don't get your panties in a bunch), it has struck me as a possibility that Weiss may have
had a suicidal reaction to the Prozac he had been taking after his previous suicide attempt last summer. If he was delusional and severely depressed,
it is possible that the reason he killed his grandfather, whom he loved, and then shot the people at his school (including his friends), with a smile
and a wave, was because he believed he was releasing them from the same sense of pain and hopelessness that he felt. If he thought everyone else felt
like he did, then he would have seen their deaths as something good, rather than evil.
Now I'm not saying this was the case, though I do believe this incident was largely caused by his taking of Prozac, and chances are it's probably
totally off the mark, but since none of this makes sense anyways, this is as good a theory as any, I suppose.
Any one else consider this idea?
Oh yeah! Here's another reason he may have thought he was doing them a favor:
A state survey conducted last year found that of 56 Red Lake ninth-graders, nearly half the girls said they had tried to kill themselves.
Twenty percent of boys said the same — about triple the rate statewide. The survey also said Red Lake students assaulted other classmates and used
more alcohol and drugs than other students across Minnesota.
[edit on 30-3-2005 by jezebel]