The Bullying Myth hits Brazil

The Bullying Myth hits Brazil
A notebook found in the shooters’ car

Before we get to the heart of the matter the victims in the Raul Brasil School shooting have been identified. These are the names that should be remembered,

The victims were named as students Kaio Limeira and Caio Oliveira, both 15; Samuel Oliveira and Douglas Celestino, 16; Cleiton Ribeiro, 17; school staff members Marilena Umezo, 59, and Eliana Xavier, 38, and the suspected shooter’s uncle Jorge Moraes, 51.

Now on to the real reason we’re here. It only took a day before someone tried to blame the shooting on bullying. The mother of 17-year-old assailant Guilherme Taucci Monteiro said that her son had been bullied in the school.

“Bullying, they call it. … He stopped going to school … because of this,” she said.

So why may have her son been bullied? If he was even bullied it may have had something to do with his hobby-like obsession with Columbine. Either way, they’re just perpetuating the myth that the Columbine cowards were bullied while the evidence points to the fact that Harris and Klebold were actually quite popular.

Friends and former classmates told investigators that 17-year-old Guilherme Taucci Monteiro and 25-year-old Henrique de Castro were obsessed with the attack on Columbine High School, Sao Paulo civil police director Ruy Ferraz told a news conference.

As I’ve posited in the past, which came first, the supposed bullying or his obsession with Columbine? Because I can see how the former could lead to the latter and he’d have no one to blame but himself. And what about his cohort, 25-year-old Luiz Henrique de Castro? In theory, Castro must have been out of school for at least 7 years. If you’re still holding a grudge against your school seven years later then you need serious help. That is if anything even happened at the school to Castro as he could have been just another Columbiner with a sick obsession that he repulsively carried with him into supposed adulthood.

In other news about the shooting, Sao Paulo police are expected to arrest a third suspect. This unnamed suspect did not take part in the shooting but is believed to have helped plan the attack.

Lastly, once again, we had a number of people who may have known about the attack plot but didn’t say anything about it.

Ferraz said the acquaintances said they didn’t believe the attack would actually happen, or feared that telling anyone would make them targets.

You would think that after 20 years of an overabundance of school shootings, people would finally learn to speak up.

Those who cannot remember the past truly are doomed to repeat it.

South China Morning Post
Washington Post
The Age

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