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HOMESCHOOLED TERRORISTS

Filed at 1:52 am under by dcobranchi

Perhaps someone should tip the police off to this homeschooler, too. Rumor has it that the home also harbors bows and arrows, a couple nasty blowguns, and a mean-looking shotgun. And the parents are even in on the plot.

9 Responses to “HOMESCHOOLED TERRORISTS”


Comment by
Lillian
October 12th, 2007
at 9:08 am

Don’t even joke about it — this one hits way too close to home, both geographically and philosophically. This kid is being condemned in the local media at least partially on the basis of his reading material.

Your kid has fake guns (or real ones without ammunition, or hell, even real ones with ammunition)? Your kid likes to read books that scare some people? Your kid is homeschooled?

Better lock him up.


Comment by
Daryl Cobranchi
October 12th, 2007
at 9:40 am

Lillian,

I wasn’t joking. I was trying (evidently unsuccessfully) to show how absurd the police and DA were on this case. Their show-n-tell was intentionally alarmist.

I am especially upset that they posed his books along with the “weapons.”


Comment by
COD
October 12th, 2007
at 10:28 am

//Police also seized DVDs of the Columbine shooting, notebooks detailing acts of violence, a handpainted Nazi flag, and books such as The Anarchist Cookbook and a U.S. Army counterinsurgency operation handbook.//

He possessed an official US Govt document. Lock him up, he’s dangerous.


Comment by
Nance Confer
October 12th, 2007
at 12:39 pm

Well, I dunno — it may have been alarmist but, if we are talking about the same thing, it was pretty damned alarming.

The story I saw was about a 14-yo boy whose mother bought him a semi-automatic rifle of some sort. And this was part of a large-enough-to-make-alarm-bells-go-off-in-my-head arsenal.

Is he saying he is a “collector?” Or is the report from the friend he tried to enlist in assaulting the school not trustworthy? Am I confusing two different stories?

Nance


Comment by
COD
October 12th, 2007
at 12:56 pm

Nobody is denying the kid might be dangerous, and he possessed at least 1 illegal 9 mm and several home made hand grenades. The issue at hand is the way the press and police are sensationalizing the story. The kid hasn’t hurt anybody, and there is no solid evidence that he really intended to harm anybody. 14 year talk is usually just that, talk.

The kid clearly needs psychological counseling to deal with his anger. Instead they throw him in jail where he will become even angrier.


Comment by
Nance Confer
October 12th, 2007
at 6:30 pm

His anger? Yep. Counseling would be good. Shooting, or just terrifying, innocent people at his ex-school would have been bad.

How would this young man have gotten counseling if Mom was the one supplying weapons?

Maybe his friend should have told his Dad and that Dad could have suggested counseling to the Mom who would have been open to that sort of help?

Sounds doubtful.

And the anger stems from bullying at the ex-school? Maybe he even displayed some sort of anger there before he was pulled out to homeschool. Maybe some professional there could have/should have intervened. . .

Maybe if he had brought one of the (fake or not) guns to school while he was still enrolled and showed it around. . . maybe he could have gotten just enough attention to get expelled under zero tolerance rules and pushed aside that way. . . or maybe someone would have noticed he was angry then and gotten to that counseling.

Seems like an awfully complicated “system” for a 14-year-old to figure out.

Especially since none of the adults involved seem to be able to distinguish between his angry interest in guns and a healthier interest in guns.

Nance


Comment by
Nance Confer
October 13th, 2007
at 9:56 am

Well, per the news report I saw this morning, this young man is being evaluated by a psychiatrist. And Mom is being charged with getting him the weapons. And why didn’t this happen while he was still in school?

Nance


Comment by
JJ Ross
October 13th, 2007
at 11:26 am

Just because a child’s parent “supports” something, does that make anything and everything automatically healthy? Witness ABC’s special last night.


Comment by
Tim Haas
October 16th, 2007
at 7:30 pm

I wasn’t joking. I was trying (evidently unsuccessfully) to show how absurd the police and DA were on this case. Their show-n-tell was intentionally alarmist.

That’s exactly the tack we took at the magazine:

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