I wasn't going to post this (although I have known about it all day now), because I didn't want to give this guy the attention he wants.
Unfortunately, KIRO and KOMO (Seattle) have picked it up and ran it on tonights news...so there's no stopping it.
This is a 19 yr old that graduated from our local high School last year. My son attends this school so we know him. He is a known 'troll' on FB.
After the Aurora theatre shooting, he made some horrible comments regarding how the guy was a bad shot and should have played call of duty more. I
don't have those postings, so I do not want to make any misquotes...I just know that was the gist of it. Extremely inapropriate. He always made
odd, wierd posts on people's FB, which got him unfriended from most.
I have a bit more knowledge about him but am not going to share it in a public forum because I really don't want to give him the satisfaction. This
article gives enough...and i will leave it at that.
Following is a link to the article. It includes his FB post that has gotten him on hold pending felony harrassment charges. I am not going to quote
his post. I find it incredibly offensive and while I think it's important for people crying "freedom of Speech" to realize just how far over the
line this creep crossed, I still wish it hadn't been published. It is just too hurtful.
Article from KIRO
I am also not going to post his name, or our towns name. It is in the article. I don't want to add to any of the search engines. I am still on the
fence about starting this thread.....but I know it's just a matter of time and that this is legitimate news. I hope that perhaps this thread will
head off any other more inflamatory, attention-grabbers. Please don't flag or star this thread.
I have personally been affected by this, because just like so many other parents in our community, my first reaction after hearing about it (before he
was arrested...many people saw the post and were talking about it) is if it was safe for my son to go to school on Monday morning. This distant
threat suddenly became very real and close and I'll be the first to admit that it scared me. I don't care if this kid was "just a troll" and
perhaps took his normal 'routine' too far and perhaps "didn't really mean it". it was WAY over the line into where I would consider him to be a
credible threat. There was a pattern of behavior and although you won't find his FB page (it was closed immediately), you can still find his Twitter
and Myspace site which has the following profile picture:
(FYI...this image was also used in the news report tonight so it is not anything new)
His comments (which include threatening to go to all the schools whithin 100 miles of his house and shooting everyone) coupled with this picure is
chilling, to say the least. There is debate over whether that is a pellet gun or real rifle, but I think that really doesn't matter. It is the
state of mind and the image being portrayed.
So there it is. In my own backyard, and I am telling you.....it does not feel good. I am looking to our judicial system to crack down HARD on this
case. To set a precedent...to get him the psychiatric help that I think is obvious he needs but to also show that this kind of threatening, sick
behavior will be punished. That our society still has standards.
I'm praying that the media backlash from this doesn't drown our small community, that the fear this causes doesn't settle in.