20 years after Bethel High School shooting gunman makes no excuses, but the media does

20 years after Bethel High School shooting gunman makes no excuses, but the media does

I haven’t posted much about the Bethel High School shooting that happened in Anchorage, Alaska, back in 1997. Back then a 16-year-old Evan Ramsey took a shotgun to the school and opened fire killing Principal Ron Edwards and student Josh Palacios. Ramsey was tried as an adult and was sentenced to close to 200 years in prison. Back in 2008, Ramsey gave an interview to Nightline where he blamed the shooting on everyone but himself. He blamed everything from video games, to bullies, to the kid who taught him how to shoot a gun. He even tried to claim that he didn’t think death was permanent at the time of the shooting.

Now, with the 20th anniversary of the shooting having just passed yesterday, the Alaskan media have spoken to Ramsey and he seems to have changed his tune.

From the Alaska Dispatch News

Ramsey said he is not making excuses or blaming video games, rock music or anything else, unlike how it sounded years ago in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. He is not looking for sympathy. He said he is speaking up to say how wrong he was and to help others, like school counselors, understand the rage that took hold.

“I can’t say that I am sorry enough,” Ramsey said. A correctional officer announced time was up. He said he hopes everyone he hurt will find closure, peace.


“There’s a part of me that will always be sad,” Evan Ramsey said. “Sad for what I did. But the small amount of sorrow that I have, others feel more.”

Evan Ramsey says he’s sorry for his crime and wishes he had known then that his high school years would pass quickly and his frustrations over bullying would be over.

So for once it seems that we have a school shooter that’s finally owning up to the responsibility of his actions. However, that hasn’t stopped the press for making the excuses for him. For example, the ADN headline reads “Evan Ramsey’s tattered life filled him with rage. Then he brought a shotgun to school.” Both articles I link to spend more time going over Ramsey’s childhood then they do about the victims of the shooting. They spend paragraphs on Ramsey’s father being sent to prison for his own attempted mass shooting and how his mother became an alcoholic. They talk about the bullying he suffered at school ad nauseam. Both articles are written in such a way that Ramsey’s childhood is supposed to somehow excuse the double homicide he committed.

If Ramsey is willing to accept responsibility for his crime the press is doing a major disservice by playing up his childhood issues. By doing so, they’re not only excusing his actions but they make them seem acceptable by potential school shooters.

2 thoughts on “20 years after Bethel High School shooting gunman makes no excuses, but the media does”

  1. Funny thing with that pretend morality…
    If there’s no excuses for vigilantes attacking sabotage centres disguised as schools…

    Why aren’t you, people writing how there’s no excuse for lack of awesome financial compensations for abuse, lack of awesome financial compensations for loss of health due to abuse, lack of all help necessary for recovery and lack of all financial help necessary due to decreased ability to obtain education/job due to being repeatedly bestially punished for showing up in school?

    Why aren’t you, pretend-moralists donating significant amounts money to victims of abuse (like, if a person can be abused every day, why can’t they receive 100$ every day from random people? It’s very mysterious. It’s almost like the society is evil and is only capable of evil, but not for goodness and compensation for evil. Of course, I’m not saying that 100$ is enough to pay for a day of abuse, because it isn’t. But it could be some kind of a minimal symbolic repentance of the society), why aren’t you out there in the street protesting against some schools and families being abusive sabotage centres instead of development, actually, taking into account the sickening perverse evil that is going on, why aren’t you rioting?

    Because you, people are moral zeros and your fake morality is fake and meaningless.

    You, people have absolutely no sense of moral duty, absolutely no sense of humanity, you’re no better than animals. You should be ashamed of yourselves and improve yourselves to at least some minimum moral standards.


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