Why did TJ Lane kill?

Three children died this week for no reason. They were not sick, nor were they doing anything dangerous. They simply made the mistake of going to school. TJ Lane, a troubled young man simply decided to kill that day and he snatched the lives of three innocent young people. I along with many Americans have wept as I heard the parents of Daniel Parmertor talk about how he was excited to have his first job, and how he was looking forward to getting his first check. The parents say they will probably bury the check with him. We are left to say why would Lane do this? Initial reports talked of bullying, but that does not appear to be the case. Yesterday I heard some talking heads on the radio ranting on how bullying must not be tolerated, and I agree with that, but that would not be an excuse for this unspeakable horror. This was random and that is what makes it terrifying. My children go to school everyday and I never think of them not returning at the end of the day. This is not the first school shooting, and sadly it will not be the last, but everytime it happens it comes as a surprise.

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  • mumlawyerlettered2themax  On February 29, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    I hate to be the one to state the obvious but we live in a society that exalts violence. I support gun ownership, however, I do not support this unending desensitization of the mass public to violence.

    Children’s video games have such violence that it is astounding. The so called cartoons for kids are no better. They are violent and awful. Killing and sex are the main stay of most movies. Many many people especially impressionable and troubled children are desensitized to violence and killing, and sadly, some see it as a way to make their mark. These kids have shot so many in their video games or witnessed so much death on TV or at the movies that it is almost surreal when they are committing the heinous acts of taking the lives of others. They do not fully grasp the reality of the horror they are unleashing on humanity.

    The solution? People should strongly object against the continued infusion of violence into all facets of our lives by Hollywood and the other beneficiaries of this culture. I think that would be a great first step.

  • elogam  On March 1, 2012 at 6:03 am

    I can agree with many points of the letter posted by mumlawyerlettered2themax , but I differ slightly in that we have to some degree always had violence in our culture and in our entertainment. Much of it was implied, not explicit. I watched some old war movies and they showed people shooting guns and people falling, but you didn’t see arms blown off or heads exploding. In one case the hero stepped on a landmine but you only heard the explosion and didn’t see the guy turned to red mist. That would be too good to pass on nowadays.

    Secondly, we need parents to be parents and to insist that certain video games and movies and TV shows are OFF LIMITS to kids below a certain age. They must be taught the difference between REAL life and REEL life before they can watch some of what the previous poster mentioned.

    • hoping4astory  On March 3, 2012 at 8:16 am

      When the parents are playing the same video games that makes it difficult. And there are too many guns floating around. Good luck. Hope it works.

  • reflection  On March 2, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    You judge T.J. Lane unfairly because you do not know the facts. The bits that trickle through the media often totally misrepresent the daily lives these people lead. I went to school with many people would have been eulogized as saints if they had been killed in a shooting like this, but in reality they were evil monsters who practiced group torment of others on a daily basis. The true victims are the lives that people like this ruin — and once in a while, those victims can’t take it anymore and just snap. Was this the case with T.J. Lane? I don’t know because I was not there. But you weren’t either.

  • mumlawyerlettered2themax  On March 4, 2012 at 2:11 am

    Reflection, I do not dispute the fact that there are some monsters in school. I do not know why parents and teachers do not step in to hold these children accountable. However, nothing can justify taking the life of another person no matter how horrible they are to you.

    This is a civilized society, I think. There are many ways in which problems can be resolved. Blowing off the heads of your contemporaries is not the American way.

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