Are we surprised that the age of the terrorist is so young, seventeen?
Kudos to the teacher who found Derek Shrout's journal, had the brains to read it. There, in the young man's hand, a plan to kill six students and one teacher. The weapon? Homemade grenades.
Derek is assumed to be a racist. There is nothing Caucasian about six of the seven potential victims.
The seventh he suspected to be gay.
|Derek Shrout, ABC News|
The journal is dated back to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, a few days after the event. A little over three weeks ago, is all.
In his defense, Derek is saying, "It's fiction!" Police doubt it, believe the young man learned how to make the devices on the Internet. But you know, there are excellent instructions on television shows. They could be wrong.
It is premeditated because delusions, voices that are heard in a sick person's head, can build with age, strengthen, become louder as the illness progresses, without medication or intervention, until they sing/scream like a choir, a cacophonous one at that. And to shut them up, yes, the sufferer does as he is told, kills others, or attacks, because he is a good soldier, under orders. And then, he rebels, is he hasn't been told to kill himself, too. Or his suicide is the very best way, at the time, to relieve himself from his pain and severe mental anguish. We don't call it mental illness for nothing.
if only they were gone, all would be well!