Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tragic School Shooting: "He had no emotion on his face, he was just shooting"

"He had no emotion on his face, he was just shooting," a Chardon student told WKYC.

Travis Carver, another student present in the cafeteria at the time said the expression on T.J. Lane's face was "straight determination."

How did the shooter get to this point?
How much of this is personality?  Was he a sociopath?

These are the type of questions we (and the media) will be asking ourselves in the coming months and days.

Some of the things we are hearing from students and people who knew him are:

"...quiet loner who may have been bullied..."

"...He pretty much sticks to himself but does have some friends and has never been in trouble over anything that we know about."

"...17-year-old quiet and sweet, although others said he had a temper..."

"He would never really talk about his family" 

"But you can always tell he had a very sad look in his eyes all the time. He usually just kept to himself."

"He never really stood up for himself very much..." 

The mother of a student in Chardon, who asked not to be identified, said her son knew the accused gunman.
"My son's reaction was 'this doesn't surprise me.' T.J. (Lane) was a nice sweet kid who was misunderstood and he probably cracked from being different," she said.

Those of you that have followed the blog for a while can read between the lines of the above statements. Was he teased or bullied?  Who are the "others" who said he had a temper?  Why would he need to stand up for himself?  There is something going on below the surface.  

Other items that are of interest in understanding the shooter:

The shooter listed "primitive hunting" among his interests on his now deleted Facebook page, the newspaper reported.

Court records showed that the suspect's father, Thomas Lane Jr., had been arrested several times for abusing women he had children with.

In rare situations, students who are isolated from their peers, and lose interest in activities they used to like doing, can sometimes become violent. NBC's Chris Jansing reports.