My friend leigh137 posted on another's LJ:
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Exactly the impression I have gotten about him though almost every story I have read. I don't think he was a maniac, or evil, I think he was, as everyone is at that age, confused, scared, and angry. That sums up everyone at his age. He took a gun to school because of reasons we won't ever really know, can only speculate on. I doubt those reasons have anything to do with neo-nazi's (ABC news had a whole segment on last night about how he was an American Indian Nazi), or goth or metal music. Come on people, it probably had to do with his home life or the bullying, but that just isn't as easy an answer.
I responded to her comment:
This has happened before.
2005-03-23 11:54 (link)
For a long time, the US Government and some religious denominations cooperated to try to force Native Americans to convert to being white, culturally and religiously. This was done in a variety of ways, but especially through the use of horrid boarding schools which crippled their relations with their families and their cultures. This is one of the things that exascerbated the problem of alchohol that seems so prevalent throughout Native America.
This continued to have serious repercussions on Native Americans and their self-image, individually and as a culture, for generations. I read in a book by James Welch (a NA author) that when he and his peers would go to watch movies, they would find themselves rooting for the cowboys (as they fought and killed 'Injuns') without even quite realizing they were cheering their own murderers. It would have to be like being Jewish and cheering during a Nazi propaganda film.
Well, to proceed: Native Americans admiring Hitler and white supremacy has been seen before in relation to criminality. Clayton Lonetree was a US Marine (and a Native American) who grew up immensely frustrated with life and was, during his teen and early adult years, an admirer of Hitler who had his picture on his wall. (This, even though Hitler enjoyed reading stories of cowboys vs indians and rooted for the 'superior whites' who routed the 'inferior savages'.) Lonetree wound up being just as frustrated in the Marine Corps. as he was in his younger, civilian life, and became the main defendant in the 'Sex for Secrets' scandal that broke out in the US Embassy in the former USSR. Look up the name 'Clayton Lonetree' or 'Sex for Secrets' on a search engine for more, you'll find something. He was an embassy guard who slipped secrets to Soviet agents, women who seduced Marines and other Americans, taking them to bed and getting paid with sensitive documents.
When Lonetree grew up, shooting up your high school was still a thing only heard of in an old Boomtown Rats song. ('I Don't Like Mondays', regarding a school shooting by a girl in the late '70's in Great Britain; 'I don't like Mondays' was the excuse initially given by the girl who shot her female classmate.) He managed to make something of himself with great difficulty but then threw it away by committing treasonous espionage when he let his demons and his libido get to him.
This kid grew up in dangerous times for young people; that's what happened to him. He was really simply Clayton Lonetree all over again, but was a teenager in a more desperate time for those who are young and disaffected.
I was bullied as a teenager too, but I had more safety valves and love and support than these people did. I'm thankful for that. I suspect those who know me well are just as thankful. };]