Scott on April 19, 2007 at 10:39 am
John 2:00PM: There’s been a lot of this:
- The Associated Press reported that a Huntersville, N.C., teenager shot and killed himself Wednesday shortly after pointing a handgun at two other students in a high school parking lot, according to police.
- The ABC News affiliate in Jacksonville, Fla., reported that a 14-year-old Bartram Trail High School student allegedly e-mailed a school threat to a friend. The threat claimed the boy would top the record of killing 33 people at school. A parent intercepted the e-mail and called police Wednesday morning. The student had apparently made similar threats several weeks ago that went unreported.
- The Associated Press reported that police arrested a 15-year-old Willamette High School sophomore today in Eugene, Ore., on assorted charges after a homemade bomb detonated in a hallway trash can.
- The Boston Herald reported that a Stonehill College dorm in Easton, Mass., was evacuated Wednesday night after a student discovered five empty boxes used to package shotgun shells in a parking lot near a dorm.
- The Boston Herald also obtained a police report that a part-time Boston University student who hosts a popular video game review show on an MTV Web site allegedly sent an e-mail threatening to kill an ex-girlfriend and recreate the Virginia Tech bloodshed at her school.
- The Associated Press reported that a Maryland man was arrested after allegedly referring to the Virginia Tech massacre during an apparent threat to his child’s elementary school. Larry Moore allegedly became agitated when the school asked for a doctor’s note before excusing his child from school. He made multiple threats against the school and said that what happened at Virginia Tech could happen at Gaithersburg Elementary.
- Parents withdrew hundreds of students from a high school and middle school in Bogalusa, La., Tuesday amid reports that a man had been arrested for allegedly approaching students at a bus stop and handing over a handwritten note alluding to the Virginia Tech massacre.
- The Associated Press reported that a former student of Hartselle High School in Hartselle, Ala., was arrested in South Carolina Wednesday because of a comment posted on a MySpace account. The school was on partial lockdown, meaning parents could check their kids out. Nearly half of the school’s 900 students were checked out.
Update by John 1:40PM: Broadcasting the tapes was a mistake:
Authorities put all 36 schools in 12 Northern California school districts under lockdown Thursday as police searched for a man who claimed he was planning an armed attack that would “make Virginia Tech look mild.”
Several high schools in metropolitan Detroit were on high alert Thursday after threats referring to the Virginia Tech shootings were found in bathrooms at two Oakland County schools, and Kalamazoo Valley Community College was shut down for the rest of the week, NBC affiliate WDIV of Detroit reported.
Eight buildings reopened Thursday after they were evacuated Wednesday at the University of Minnesota when a bomb threat was found in a chemistry building restroom.
Wednesday, Hastings College of the Law at the University of California after police noticed a blog posting threatening a shooting on campus, NBC affiliate KNTV of San Francisco reported.
Since Monday’s killings, similar threats have also led to investigations or temporary lockdowns of schools in Arizona, Louisiana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Washington, according to local reports compiled by MSNBC.com.
Some of these copycat threats took place before the broadcast, but airing the killer’s manifesto on TV can only encourage more of this. That said, I still believe the material — at least the written part — should be released online in its entirety.
Update 11:00 a.m. – Author and social scientist John Lott has posted a quote on his blog from forensic psychiatrist Michael Welner about the damage that is being done by showing this video and the danger we are flirting with:
“If anybody cares about the victims in Blacksburg and if anybody cares about their children, stop showing this video now. Take it off the Internet. Let it be relegated to YouTube. Showing the video is a social catastrophe… I promise you the disaffected will watch him the way they watched ‘Natural Born Killers.’ I know. I examine these people. I’ve examined mass shooters who have told me they’ve watched it 20 times. You cannot saturate the American public with this kind of message.”
So, everyone knows that the networks are whores for ratings. Whatever they think will get their numbers up, they will jump at it like Hugh Hefner for a bottle of Viagra.
Case in point…the Virginia Tech shooting.
Cho Seung-Hui sent NBC his “multimedia manifesto” which John has discussed here. NBC has tried to make a huge deal out of turning it over to the FBI, as if they had any choice. Over the last 18 hours I have seen and/or heard both the president of NBC news and news anchor Brian Williams both talking about journalistic responsibility and integrity in connection to this matter.
But their spasm of journalistic integrity and responsibility was short-lived, as by yesterday afternoon NBC decided that ratings are far more important than the sensitivities of the people affected by this horrific tragedy.
Families who are still trying to come to grips with the loss of loved ones are now being victimized by the news as an endless loop of a monotone Napoleon Dynamite-esque Cho Seung-Hui plays over and over again, spewing forth his delusional hatred and irrational rantings. People whose friends and professors were gunned down in cold blood are being exposed to this vile, evil man as he blames everyone else but himself for the events at Virginia Tech.
Of course, since NBC opened the door, all the rest of the news whores joined in the orgy of exploitation.
Nice job, NBC.
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