Can’t let the most recent school shooting in Texas go without a comment, although what can you say? When is this country going to say enough? Never, is my guess.
But here’s something that jumped out at me. Read the following news report:
A student who survived the Texas school shooting on Friday has spoken out about the accused gunman, saying that he was ’emotionally bullied’ by his classmates and coaches.
Dustin Severin, an 11th-grade student at Santa Fe High School, told KRIV that the suspected shooter, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtiz, was constantly teased at school, but that he believed it never escalated into anything physical.
“I know he’s picked on by coaches and other students. He didn’t really talk to anyone,” he told the station. “My friends from the football team told me that coaches said he smelled, like, right in front of his face. And other kids would look at him and laugh at him … nothing like physical but they still emotionally bullied him.”
“I never thought he would just snap and shoot up the school,” Severin added. “He didn’t seem like he was a hateful person.”
This kid is as stupid as the shooter. And I’ll bet he’s never been bullied, emotionally or otherwise. It appears that while the shooter had problems, his coaches (adults who should know better) may have pushed him over the edge.
People, especially teenagers, who are bullied by those who are supposed to be in positions of respect, are turned into hateful people by that kind of treatment. I know nothing of the shooter, but hearing of this type of abuse makes me think these bullies were in his head when he pulled the trigger.
As for the coaches who did this to him, firing is too good for them.