I sank when I heard the news. I was hoping he would pull through, and expected to be sad if he died. I did not expect to be this sad.MARINETTE, Wis. — The 15-year-old Marinette (Wis.) High School student who held 23 students and a teacher hostage on Monday has died.The gunman, identified by Marinette Police Chief Jeff Skorik as Samuel Hengel of Porterfield, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 10:44 a.m. Central . . .
I have learned to expect the unexpected when dealing with my own emotional responses on these traumas. I can only imagine what its like for all the families and friends involved. My thoughts are with all of them, but this afternoon, I mourn especially for the people close to this kid. (And that includes kids he held at gunpoint. God, I would hate to be them.)
How tragic that a kid had to die because . . . we don't even know why because. We do know something about traits most gunmen in these situation share, and I'm working on something about that. In the meantime, I'm just sad.