Suffer The Children: A Rampage of Rage
A Hidden Rage
It's 2011, more than a decade after the Columbine High School shooting rampage in Colorado, another tragedy if one of our nations high school takes place.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
17 year old Robert Butler Jr. entered the school he'd only attended for 2 months after moving from Lincoln, Nebraska, some 50 miles away, and shot and killed Vice Principal Vicki Kaspar, 58 and seriously wounded Principal Curtis Case, 45. Shortly afterward, Butler turned the weapon on himself and committed suicide.
No one really knows what happened to make Robert Butler snap, but snap he did. Butler, the son of an Omaha Police Department Detective had taken his father's gun and used it in the murder, wounding and the suicide.
A chilling facebook status entry:
Apparently Robert was experiencing some problems in his new school and expressed that in his final entry on his facebook page.
"Everybody that used to know me I'm sry but Omaha changed me and (expletive) me up. and the school I attend is even worse ur gonna here about the evil (expletive) I did but that (expletive) school drove me to this. I wont u guys to remember me for who I was b4 this ik. I greatly affected the lives of the families ruined but I'm sorry. goodbye."
Obviously, Robert was a troubled young man. What is known is that shortly before the rampage, that he'd been suspended from school for several weeks for doing donuts on the football field with his car and he wasn't taking it well. So upset, he returned to the school to exact revenge.
Completely out of character:
To take one look at this handsome young man with the beautiful smile, who would ever think that a killer lurked behind the gentle, brown eyes.
Robert was no loner and had, from the entries on his facebook page, quite a few friends. Tributes have poured out over facebook and a Memorial page was created for him where his fellow students and friends expressed their condolences.
Of course another page was made up where Robert is completely maligned and vilified by others. In fact, it's gotten downright ridiculous to the point where people were posting pictures of people with their faces blown off from suicide and other horrible images. Yes, the boy did a horrible thing but come on. He still has a family and I only hope they don't see the vile things they're writing and the pictures they're posting on there.
An inner rage:
Obviously, we can't be sure what was going through Robert's mind at the time but if we read between the lines of his facebook message, we can see that this young man was full of rage. He felt victimized and probably alienated at his new school.
What could have made this kid hate the world so? Maybe it was because Dad was a cop and was strict or perhaps he'd been jilted by a girl. Who knows? All we know at the moment is that he snapped. We've no idea if there were signs outside of the facebook entry. Even his family is at a loss for an explanation.
Hopefully in time, the questions will be answered. I urge all parents to keep an eye on your kids. Their moods, their online activities, their school work and look for any change in habits or signs of depression. It's not always drugs that makes a person behave in strange ways so sit down and talk to your kids. You just might be saving their lives or someone elses.