Facebookers Say McKinney Teen Arrested For Mass Shooting Threat Was Bullied For Being Gay, Autistic, Atheist

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This morning, McKinney Boyd High School Principal Rick McDaniel posted a brief note on Facebook alerting parents that a student had made unspecified "threatening statements" on the social networking site and had been arrested by McKinney Police.(Update at 1:50 p.m.: The post in question has been removed from the page).

"As always, student safety is our number one priority and such comments, whether sincere or as a joke, will not be tolerated and the District will prosecute to the fullest extent that the law allows," he wrote.

Reports of the arrest quickly blanketed local media, as any story involving a threatened mass shooting, public education, and social media is apt to do. But a more nuanced portrait of events is being fleshed out in comments on the high school's Facebook page.

The unidentified student, a juvenile, is described by commenters as a victim of relentless bullying.

"Well, lemme just bring you up to speed," writes one Mitch Anderson. "This kid is an autistic, gay atheist. He was bullied at school day in, and day out, and I suppose he finally snapped. He started posting and commenting, saying he was going to kill people, and eventually himself tomorrow at school."

Another commenter, Stèph Anne Emond, backs Anderson up.

The kid has been bullied constantly at the school for many different reasons. When his bullied most of the school turns there head and doesn't "see" anything because of the way society is nowadays. The school doesn't take action because the student is homosexual & He is in fact autistic and has turrets. He was born different and he doesn't have a filter he says what is on his mind. He was pointing out the flaws in the school and to draw attention to them. So please take all information in to account before you start making judgments.

That doesn't excuse threats of violence, as many other commenters point out, but it does add another dimension to the story and raise the question of whether McKinney Boyd administrators did enough to protect the student from bullying.

The school district says yes. Spokesman Cody Cunningham told NBC 5 that there had been reports that the student had been bullied but that "we're not going to use bullying as a way to rationalize this type of behavior."

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DMZ3
DMZ3

Texas ranks 50th in state mental health spending, by the way:

 

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-health-resources/health-reform-and-texas/texas-ranks-50th-mental-health-spending/

 

As someone with a family member suffering from mental health issues, once it became clear that we had to do something and find treatment, it was shocking to learn how hard it actually was. Clinics have long wait times - lasting months - and treatment outcomes are mixed. Finding a primary specialist is difficult. It's like the horror stories you hear about socialized health care systems in Europe with long wait times. Well, it's worse than that and almost totally privatized.

 

Now add in kids who aren't getting treatment and are messed up because of it, compounded by daily physical and/or emotional abuse from their peers during a critical development stage - it's no wonder these kids lose it. You can also blame the parents if you want, but no one who's ever been a competent parent says they've got child-rearing totally figured out (and the ones who do say that tend to be bad parents). The problems are terrible and overwhelming.

roo_ster
roo_ster

I have spent enough time with mentally ill and/or off folks to have had my patience worn thin by the stress of dealing with them.  BTDT.  It is taxing and frustrating and usually fruitless.  They are broke and there is no fixing them.  In other news, I was never mis-identified as Mother Theresa, either. 

 

I can only imagine the special hell that spending time with this basket case must be like, stuck in a gov't school classroom with an aspie who just...won't...shut...up about his atheism and homosexuality and the other monomaniacal obsessions aspies are prone to...while I am trying to concentrate on my school work.  Gee, thanks, MISD and "Yay" for mainstreaming.  That doesn't excuse ill-raised teenagers bullying him, but such a wreck is likely going to provoke a rise out the most well-behaved kid at times.

 

So, yeah, going out of your way to bully such a walking mess is the wrong answer.  But be sure to hold back some of your sympathy for the folks who had to deal with him every day who _didn't_ bully him and don't deserve to be threatened by him. 

cheeseburger
cheeseburger

Kids are bullied mercilessly every day for all kinds of reasons.  I'm sure an autistic gay atheist with turrets would get a lot of shit.  Sounds annoying and awkward as fuck to me. 

 

"He was born different and he doesn't have a filter he says what is on his mind."  Well shit, I thought there'd be no reason at all that dumb immature teenagers would dump on this guy!  

 

Most kids who are bullied don't threaten to mass murder people.  Notice that turrets was left out of the headline.  Didn't quite go as well with the narrative that this was a case of religious hatred by white suburban Christians.

 

Look, bullying shouldn't be tolerated, but this kid was a basket case already.  This is a failure to deal with the realities that this kid has at least two mental illnesses.

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

Facebookers Say McKinney Teen Arrested For Mass Shooting Threat Was Bullied For Being Gay, Autistic, Atheist------------------ And selfish

 

Hey how about picking one to be upset about and leave the rest out there for others to choose from !

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

But the really important question here: How bike-friendly is McKinney?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Idiot school officials know this bullying is going on.  They should show some backbone and put a stop to it.

IainBrown
IainBrown

No longer "nuanced," now I think the term would be "deleted."

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

"As always, student safety is our number one priority and such comments, whether sincere or as a joke, will not be tolerated and the District will prosecute to the fullest extent that the law allows," he wrote.

 

Obviously, he meant to say "...straight white xtian student safety...". 'Tis McKinney, after all.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

And I bet the bullies are laughing their asses right now that the kid got arrested, the bullies are as much responsible for this situation as the kid who made the threat.  They should be arrested for nearly inciting a riot

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

It's important to remember than, to many Christians, this young man is The Enemy.They honestly believe that they have a religious and political duty to violate the rights of people like this.

To Christians - letting him live in peace is an offense to God.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

I'm really concerned that we, as a society, are bringing our kids to the brink of destruction; with bullying, social media, peer pressure, etc., I couldn't imagine being a kid today!  Being a kid is about being carefree, getting a fantastic education and engaging family.......not about being "best buds" with the kid, showering them with gadgets, filling there bellies full of nasty fast food, and making them entitled, by not making then EARN what they get. 

 

Stay vigilant; ask them questions; trust me, that crappy job of yours is not that important!  Your boss would sell you down the river for a box of sticks.  And who cares if your kids thinks you are cool?  

 

ps-Facebook is one of the stupidest inventions man has EVER created; it is creating a whole zombie like nation of pathetic losers!

returnal
returnal

 @roo_ster hey. stop talking. seriously.

 

you have no right to make all these kinds of judgements about someone you know nothing about and have never met. this kid did blurt a lot in class, yes, but he wasn't some obsessive person who "threatened" others by talking nonstop about obsessions (which, mind you, isn't even typical asperger's behavior—AS people are usually shy, they only get into obsessions periodically. i don't have AS but i know several people who do). i will be honest and say that for the past month or so i found him grating and i tried to distance myself from him but i blame this on my own insensitivity and cynicism. he really is a good person.

 

stop blaming the victim and pretending to know this kid. please. jesus christ.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @roo_ster Asberger's aren't often the one's that won't shut up.  It's self righteous, bigoted types like CelebrateDivershitty that bear that characteristic.  Autistic children tend to be shy as well, though they are more likely to lash out violently. 

Daniel
Daniel

 @cheeseburger Folks, it's Tourette Syndrome. (Not Tourette's, though that's probably nitpicking.) Turrets are an architectural feature, popular in medieval castles and recently revived to poor effect in McMansions.

returnal
returnal

 @cheeseburger somebody clearly lacks empathy. also mind you this kid didn't have tourettes—i've known him since middle school and while he does show signs of asperger's syndrome, he is a good person who has dealt with too much bullying and violence from others for being bisexual and "odd" and who has been ignored every step of the way. had the school actually done something and opened up to him instead of letting the anger build up in him, this wouldn't of happened.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

 @RTGolden1 Even less than Dallas, you have clueless soccer moms driving the extended suburban with 5 kids, half cocked from a half box of wine, a line of cocaine, and a cell phone in her hand wandering across both lanes of traffic.  Biking in Mckinney is akin to walking down Malcom X blvd at midnight, not good for your health 

Daniel
Daniel

 @kergo1spaceship Not only showering them with gadgets, but even giving them turrets. Turrets! Shit, when I was a kid, I was lucky if I got a cheap plastic periscope.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

 @AdultBabies 

 

POW!

 

PS-The only thing missing would be a few paragraphs on who's driving what in the parking lot........and in this case, that may be relevant.

roo_ster
roo_ster

 @returnal Also, it takes a special kind of obtuseness that in a comment to an article about bullying, you try to bully others into silence.

roo_ster
roo_ster

 @returnal Hard to take you seriously when you confirm what I merely speculated about.  I think my crime was shooting too close to the mark.

 

I don't claim to be able to look into people's souls and can only judge them by their words and actions.  If someone is grating and obnoxious I assume the are grating & obnoxious, not some sort of "good person."  Tell me, if your significant other thumps on you and you feel like avoiding them, do you assume they are a "good person" too? 

 

As to victims, you forget that dude threatened mayhem.  But, you seem to be willing to excuse that sort of thing.  Bully for you.  I hope you don't mind the rest of us excusing neither bullying nor threats of murder.

roo_ster
roo_ster

 @scottindallas Yeah, not all act the same.  This particular fellow seems ot be the more vocal type, though.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @returnal  @cheeseburger No, the Cheeseburger accused him of having turrets, GUNS MFer.  What do you expect when you go running around campus with Gun turrets, that's hostile and dangerous. 

mckinneydallasmom
mckinneydallasmom

 @ScottsMerkin  @RTGolden1  The following apply: 1. Irrelevant to the news and feckless (look it up) in posting such proof of idiocy. 2. I bike in McKinney almost daily. Our hike and bike trails are fabulous. I ride for errands and for fun. 3. Whether driving or biking, everyone has to own their own safety as much as we all should be looking out for each other.

LibsAndCons
LibsAndCons

 @Scruffygeist  @kergo1spaceship

Exactly, only people who have never had a child think that they are innocent little darlings incapable of evil OR they are the clueless parents of a 'sociopath in training.'

 

Imagine the most venal, selfish, materialistic, cliquish human being you can...only without guile, compassion or experience...and you have the average Texas teenager.

 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

 @Daniel  

 

Right?  On my 11 birthday I received a baseball glove, with a fake Yaz signature!  and that's all I got. 

returnal
returnal

 @roo_ster stop twisting my words. i've known this person since what, sixth grade? i said that for a bit i /considered/ them grating, not that they actually were (if they were so awful, I wouldn't have been alright with knowing them for so long). looking back on it, it does seem it was pure rationalization on my part, seeing as for a bit i was ridiculously cynical about some people without actually trying to understand why somebody would be like x y or z. more or less i just saw a lot of bad of people even when said bad didn't actually exist. there's plenty of creeps at MBHS, this kid was not one of them. i'm not saying he's perfect ofc—as someone with AS of course he has problems, but what do you think special education and counseling is for? it's ridiculous to give up on people because they're supposedly unmendable; reminder that he has AS, not low-functioning autism or something that completely prevents him from functioning.

 

i'm not excusing anything, why would I? what this kid posted was awful, any decent percent could see that. but you need to understand why it happened before you can rush judgement to fit your pre-conceived notions. it's good that the MISD reacted to this, of course, but it's important to note this was not a serious threat, but a cry for help after years of bullying and violence against the kid, not to forget that he attempted suicide around the time of the post and actually called 911 (http://www.wfaa.com/news/education/Parents-say-bullied-son-hit-his-breaking-point-175531911.html)—there was no intention whatsoever to actually do anything.

 

"Also, it takes a special kind of obtuseness that in a comment to an article about bullying, you try to bully others into silence." who are you kidding? being corrected and having your opinions challenged is not bullying, it's a part of proper discourse. please get out of your childish persecution complex.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

 @mckinneydallasmom     

 

Merkin's right....and I believe we all feel the same way. Why do you think 380 is called "death's highway".  I nearly got trampled yesterday by a soccer mom with NO hands on the wheel-none!  And this big ole SUV is scurrying and scampering across two lanes of traffic on 380; while she yells at the kids, write notes and talks on the celly. 

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