What’s the Method to the Madness?
Friday’s high school shooting outside Houston is another gun massacre to be studied and analyzed by law enforcement officials and politicians, but what will really come of it?
Most Americans thought they’d seen the end of these horrible tragedies when a national alarm sounded over the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where Nikolas Cruz, 19, allegedly killed 17 students and adults and wounded 17 others.
Now there are 10 Sante Fe High School students dead and 10 other people, including a police resource officer, critically injured -- all at the hands of a junior classmate -- and it’s difficult to comprehend.
The suspect in custody, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, was described as a “very nice, caring kid,” by a classmate. A local priest said he was “quiet” and never in trouble.
Another teen who grew up with Pagourtzis and played video games with him said, “I’m kind of dumbfounded. We didn’t get any warning.”
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick told Fox News that nothing has turned up to indicate Pagourtzis was anything but a normal kid.
Outside of wearing a long black trenchcoat and black boots, Pagourtzis showed no outwards signs of distress to students, teachers or other adults who had contact with him.
Pagourtzis asked about guns, according to the acquaintances interviewed, but never talked of violence or using guns.
So what sparked the evil demons in Dimitrios Pagourtzis to suddenly take root on May 18?
What prompted him to take from home two of his father’s guns -- a .38 revolver and shotgun -- and walk into school with the intention of creating a bloody rampage in a first-period art class?
It makes no sense.
Even more disturbing is that police found a number of explosive devices and a Molotov cocktail hidden around school grounds. Was this Pagourtzis’ work too -- or did he have an accomplice?
Remember when parents, educators and police feared that foreign terrorists would somehow get into the country and blow up school buses and schools?
The new terror is that teens are mass murdering other teens in U.S. schools.
It’s also scary that while the Florida shooter was a troubled teen on the radar of local police, the Houston shooter was a total blank. He didn’t fit the profile. Yet he committed a heinous attack on innocent classmates.
Where’s the method to this madness? And how do we stop it?