posted on Dec, 18 2006 @ 07:23 PM
Actually the after-school activity referred to was volunteering as a local firefighter.
So let us now ask a couple of questions:
1) What was the motive? No witness said that Halligan was depressed, uncommunicative, or had suffered mood changes beforehand. Though some said his
personality was 'different,' and there was mention of teasing, he was not unpopular, and in fact had several friends; more often he was described as
a 'do-gooder' or jokester. And I am suspicious of the speed between the alleged trigger event--being threatened with loss of his free time if his
grades didn't improve--and when the plot was put into motion, which would have been sometime that late evening when he shortened the rifle so it
could fit into the gym bag. Though I am no expert on the subject, I don't think you go from being a regular kid to suicidal because of some minor
setback in that short span of time. Unless.... he just started with a regiman of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Then I would believe it.
Though there is no word on his medical record.
2) There was a pistol in that locked gun closet also. Wouldn't it make more sense to bring a pistol to a suicide than a long gun, which is always a
3) If the actions of his parents made him suicidal, why did he kill himself in such a public manner at school? Even the amateur profiler can tell that
this is an act against the school itself or against his fellow students. Halligan must have known that firing the gun in that school would be a
severely traumatic event to those forced to witness it. Is that why he started firing in the most crowded parts of the school?
4) There is no indication that Halligan was late leaving his house that morning. Where was he in that missing 45min to an hour before he finally made
it to his first class? That is a question none of the investigators seems to be curious about.
5) Out of 18 rounds loaded into the weapon, 6 were fired, and 12 unfired rounds were still loaded into the weapon. An additional 2 unfired rounds were
found in his pocket, and I think that is significant. It reminds me of TJ Soloman, the kid from Conyers, Georgia who wounded five of his classmates a
month after Columbine. After his arest, they found two rounds that were taped to his chest underneath his clothing. I guess you could call these
"suicide rounds." After all, if you're going on a kamikazee-style attack, its damn embarrasing to run of ammo before you off yourself. So a couple
of rounds are always kept in reserve for such possibilities. But if Halligan had those two bullets reserved for his suicide, what were the other 18
already loaded into the weapon for? The sheriff said the opening salvo of rounds were to keep everybody down and out of the line of fire. So why
didn't he just go into a quiet corner of the school to do it?
6) A bomb-sniffing dog indicated on the gym bag belonging to the kid. A bomb squad complete with a bomb truck were brought in. Did they find anything?
Pipe bombs perhaps? More clips filled with ammo maybe? And I wonder if that 'bomber jacket' in the bag seen by his friend wasn't perhaps long and
black in color(i.e. a trenchoat)? Halligan was reportedly fascinated by World War II military history and often wore camoflage to school; which is
certainly reminiscent of trenhcoater-type behavior.
7) The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has offered technical assistance to Montgomery County officials investigating the
Well, its always a red flag when the feds want to get involved. But why would the police need them? Can't they do their own trace via fax/email to
the feds if they need their help tracing a serial number? Anyway there was never any indication that the weapon wasn't legally owned by the
Hard to tell what was going on here. Yeah, it could have been just another teen suicide at school, like the cops say. But I also think its possible
that the cops stopped the attack, perhaps even shooting the kid at the same time he fired his own shot into his chin. But why would the cops not take
credit for a very rapid response which may well have saved children's lives? Possibly the cops didn't like the idea of taking credit for shooting
the kid in his own school. Or maybe they just figured it would be best if everybody thought this was a teen suicide, rather that a school shooting
that was short-circuited early, with its even greater public scrutiny and the ignominy of being added to the list of schools that have suffered a
rampage attack by one of their own.