Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Wisconsin gunman has died

From USA Today's site, running a report by the Green Bay Press Gazette:
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 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.

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.

4 comments:

  1. I join you in your sadness, Dave. My heart breaks, too.

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  2. This breaks my heart. I have to wonder what was going on in his life to drive him to this point, but I wish it hadn't. My thoughts are with all of them as well

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  3. Thanks for being so real, Dave. Sometimes these sadnesses threaten to completely overwhelm me.

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  4. Thanks to all of you.

    Often when these happen, I feel I have nothing to say/add. And then it takes a turn, and I'm surprised.

    I'm also intellectually sad that we won't be able to talk to the guy and learn from him. But I'm mostly sad for him.

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