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.


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

  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

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

  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.