It’s been a bad week for crime here in Canada resulting in the deaths of military personnel. We are still learning more about the shooting at the Canadian Parliament on Wednesday and the person responsible for the attack. The attack on Monday in Quebec and then another on Wednesday in the nation’s capital, have both been linked to terrorism.
Friday started out to be a rather good day. For the first time in a number of days, the sun was out and shining instead of the rain we have been getting. It was also much warmer than it’s been in the last few days. I decided I was going to take advantage of the nice weather and go out and take some pictures of the autumn colors. There is an old bridge which is not too far from where I live that I thought would make for some good pictures. I packed up the gear I thought I might need and made my way walking with my backpack. After a few hours walking around and taking some pictures, I made my way back home.
I turned on the television, which was already on the news channel. There I saw images of numerous people lining up on the bridges over the local highways to watch the procession which was moving the body of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the young soldier killed by Michael Zihaf-Bibeau at the National War Memorial on Wednesday. The killer then made his way to the Parliament Buildings where he launched another attack before he was shot dead by police. It was touching to see the number of people who wished to pay their last respects to this young soldier who was murdered while standing watch on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
I then decided to switch to CNN to see what news updates there may have been regarding the doctor who was diagnosed with Ebola in New York City. That story has evolved into yet another person being found to have the Ebola virus and being isolated in a hospital in New Jersey. There was also a story about a man in New York City attacking police officers with a hatchet. This attack is yet another one this week that has been linked to terrorism. But what I found the most disturbing was learning about another school shooting, this one in Washington State. A student of Marysville-Pilchuck High School apparently walked into the school cafeteria and fired several rounds into the backs of what others have claimed were his friends. Five people were shot in the attack and one of them has died. The attacker then turned the gun on himself and ended his own life.
It’s too early to speculate what caused this freshman student to open fire on his friends and fellow students. It seems the student, identified as Jaylen Fryberg, was a popular student who did not appear to have any issues. One of the witnesses explained that he did not understand what the motive behind the shootings may have been. The shooter, Jaylen Fryberg had attended football practice the day before and was talking and having a good time.
No doubt we will learn more about this incident over the next few days as we learned about the previous incidents that occurred in Canada earlier this week. This is a case where yet another student got access to a gun and brought it into a school and opened fire on others. I could probably write pages on the subject of school shootings, but what would be the point. There is already a wealth of information on school shootings available online. You can find information here regarding school violence in the US; the list is somewhat long.
I for one would like to know what caused this young man to commit such a violent act. Was he suffering from some sort of depression or other mental illness? Or was this an act that was the result of being influenced by someone? With all the senseless crimes that have occurred this week and linked to terrorism, could this school shooting be yet another such attack? No matter what the causes of this senseless act, we will all be thinking that this and the other attacks that happened this week could have somehow been prevented. It’s hard to think of a way to intercept a person’s actions that are based on a thought process, whether their thoughts came about on their own or through the influence of others.
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