Maybe not you, the reader. It’s just the thought that ran through my mind halfway through an article about the goddawful shooting spree in Isla Vista yesterday, as the reporters got into the inevitable interviews with people who had known the shooter.
Patrick Connors, 23, a former classmate at Crespi Carmelite High School, a Catholic school for boys in Los Angeles, said Mr. Rodger had left school before graduation. He said that Mr. Rodger was treated by his classmates as an oddball and that students mocked him and played jokes on him; once when Mr. Rodger fell asleep in his seat, classmates taped his head to his desk, he said.
“We said right from the get-go that that kid was going to lose it someday and just freak out,” he said. “Everyone made fun of him and stuff.”
Congratulations. Mr. Connors. You and your friends need to buy a big damn jug of soap because the blood of Elliot Rodger’s victims is all over your hands. He was troubled, he was an “oddball,” and your reaction as high schoolers was to mock him and tape his head to his desk?
It was more of a speculation when I, among others whom I quoted, wrote about the Adam Lanza shootings — there was less to go on in that case. Let a young person be smart, let him or her be unhappy, especially let that young person be a little socially inept whether as an everyday trait or a hardwired form of neurodiversity like Asperger’s — and wow! It’s open season! Dirt in the desk, clothes stolen out of the locker, dodgeballs in the face. I guess I’m lucky no one ever taped my head to my desk, but then, a few people learned The Fear when they realized that a girl of nine was ready and able to shove a rude, nasty, large kid and the desk he was sitting in out in the the hall and down it before he knew what was happening.
Elliott Rodgers waited for the payback moment till he was old enough to buy a gun. Plenty of people will yack for weeks about how easily he got one. We can leave that subject to them.
Happy Memorial Day, Crespi Carmelite Alumni. You must be so proud.