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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Are these just misfits?

When groups of young people plan (or carry out) deadly attacks, it might be one thing; but when "loners" plot violent attacks, is it another?

This report in the Kitsap Sun indicates that a boy attending Rogers High School in Puyallup, Washington, planned to "go out in a blaze of hatred and fury."

Student Charged in High School Shooting Plot

By Associated Press
April 25, 2006


A 16-year-old student accused of plotting to shoot people at Rogers High School, then kill himself "to finally go out in a blaze of hatred and fury" was charged Monday with first-degree attempted assault, Pierce County authorities said.

Another student passed along word of the alleged plot to the school’s ROTC commander, court papers said.

Investigators searched Brian Michael Evans’ home Sunday and found two rifles, two handguns, ammunition, a homemade bomb and a CD copy of "The Anarchist Cookbook," which includes directions to make explosives, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Sheriff’s investigators believe the boy didn’t plan to target specific people.

The boy wanted people to "feel his pain, and he wanted to be hated, not having earned respect in the past," Troyer said.

Do we simply assume that he is a classic, angry "misfit," or is something else involved?


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