Once again, a distraught young boy attending a suburban high school, entered the building with a weapon in his hand and before the day was over had shot people in the building. He was not a boy from a poor family, he was not a boy raised in poverty, he was not a boy attending an urban school which was permeated with drugs and violence. He was simply an ordinary middle class American boy. 17 year-old Robert Butler Jr. was the son of a police detective, and, undoubtedly has easy access to weapons. Robert was a student at Millard South High School and he opened fire on Principal Curtis Case and fired at Vice Principal Vicki Casper leaving both wounded, with Kaspar in critical condition. Students say about noon, Assistant Principal BradMillard rushed into the cafeteria and ordered them into the kitchen, but Robert had left the building.
A short distance from the high school, Robert used the gun to kill himself. However, he left a message on Facebook which explained his sorrow in life: “Everybody that used to know me I’m sry but Omaha changed me and (expletive) me up. and the school I attend is even worse ur gonna here about the evil(expletive) I did but that (expletive) drove me to this. I wont u guys to remember me for who I was b4 this ik. I greatly affected the lives of the families ruined but I’m sorry. goodbye”
When will educators learn the modern high school is an emotional and intellectual prison for too many young people. We send our youth into institutions which have no idea what the purpose or nature of education is for 21st century youth. The result is some simply cannot handle the boredom and irrelevancy of going to high school.
P.S. I have been in education for 55 years and taught high school for ten years. Robert was a victim as much as a cause of hurt to others.