I originally posted about the Forest High School shooting in Ocala, Florida here. To recap, 19-year-old Sky Bouche carried a sawed-off shotgun inside a guitar case into his former high school, firing a round into a classroom on the 19th anniversary of Columbine, April 20th. Bloodshed was minor as a student was struck in the ankle with minor injuries. At the time of my first post, I said I wouldn’t be opposed to Bouche being sentenced to a mental health facility since he seemed remorseful, surrendered without incident, and supposedly said the date had nothing to do with the shooting. I now take it all back.
After his arrest, Bouche was said to have told police the shooting was a cry for help because of an allegedly tough home life. However, a week after his arrest, it became known that Bouche is a columbiner, or for the uninitiated a fan of Columbine and other school shootings. According to a local news report, Bouche would watch videos about Columbine on YouTube and would leave disparaging comments announcing his future plans.
“I’m thinking about doing my school the same way. I have enough guns and ammo. I have been planning for months, but not sure when to do it,” Bouche allegedly said in the video’s comments section. “Everybody will know my name.”
No, they won’t. Outside of this website and the Ocala area, your name will be quickly forgotten. Instead of being a copycat who will never be remembered, would-be school shooters should try to do something else to try to gain notoriety that doesn’t involve violence. Try music, writing, making movies, or game design. If you’re good at something like that you’ll end up being way more famous than some coward with a gun.