Pearl High School Shooting: Oct. 1, 1997
December 18, 2012 § Leave a comment
I am not insane, I am angry. I am a cross dresser. I killed because people like me are mistreated every day. I did this to show society, push us and we will push back. … All throughout my life, I was ridiculed, always beaten, always hated. Can you, society, truly blame me for what I do? Yes, you will. … It was not a cry for attention, it was not a cry for help. It was a scream in sheer agony saying that if you can’t pry your eyes open, if I can’t do it through pacifism, if I can’t show you through the displaying of intelligence, then I will do it with a bullet.
— Luke Woodham, Shooter
The parallels to Newton are spooky: Smart kid starts the day by killing his mother and then going to a school to kill as many as he can.
At Pearl High School however Luke Woodham was stopped by the school’s principal who ran out to his truck a retrieved his .45 handgun.
The Wiki article is short. Worth reading. Newton could have been very very different if someone in or very near that school was armed.