Song Lyric Quote: Suicidal Tendencies- Institutionalized


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“I was sitting in my room thinking about everything;

Then again, I was thinking about nothing;

And my mom came in and she called my name;

I didn’t know she was there and she started screaming, “Mike, Mike!”

I asked, “What’s the matter Mom?” 

She asked “What’s the matter with you?”

And I said, I’m okay, I’m just thinking.”

She said, “Don’t tell me that, you’re on drugs.”

“No, I’m okay mom, I just thinking, why don’t you get me a Pepsi?”

She said, “No, you’re on drugs!”

“I’m not on drugs, I was just thinking.”

“No, you’re not thinking, you’re on drugs! Normal people don’t argue that way!”

“Mom, will you get me a Pepsi, please?”

All I wanted was a Pepsi and she wouldn’t give it to me;

All I wanted was a Pepsi, just one Pepsi and she wouldn’t give it to me;

Just a Pepsi.”  


Song Lyrics Quote: Judas Priest- You Got Another Thing Comin’


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“If you think I’ll sit around as the world goes by;

You’re thinking like a fool bause it’s a case of do or die;

Out there is a fortune waiting to be had;

If you think I’ll let you go, you’re mad;

You got another thing comin,’ you got another thing comin.'” 

Dedicated to Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease this week.

He Was Weird Would Not Make a Good Show for Active Shooter


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Over the past few weeks, I’ve been watching a television programme called “Active Shooter- America Under Fire.” The programme is about mass shootings in America and how they happened, why the happened and how the police responded to them. I missed the very first episode of the series but have watched the three since.

Programme two was about the San Bernardino, California shooting where a Muslim couple went into a office where the husband worked and shot 36 people, killing 14 of them. The couple were later killed by police in a shootout after a car chase.

Programme three was about the Charleston, South Carolina shooting where a white supremacist went into a church and shot and killed nine African American people and wounded a tenth. Dylan Roof, the shooter, was arrested a day later and sentenced to death for hate crimes and also to life imprisonment for the nine counts of murder due to his guilty plea.

The latest programme, which I watched this morning, was about the the shooting at the Washington Naval Yard in 2013. A lone African American man went into one of the buildings with a shot gun and shot and killed 12 people and wounded three others including a police officer. It is also reported that he took a pistol from one of the security officers he had killed and began using that when he ran out of ammo for the shot gun. He was eventually killed by police officers in a shoot out.

While I was watching the latest episode, I was wondering about how such a programme would be made for the shooting that occurs in my book, “He Was Weird.” In the story, the shooter, Mark Leversee, my main character, goes into school one day with an Uzi and a nine millimeter pistol and opens fire on his classmates in the school playground. After causing many casualties, (you’ll have to read the book for exact numbers), and all possible targets either down or cowering in their classrooms and hearing the sound of police sirens, Mark carries out the final objective of his plan going out on his own terms. Because of the above, there would have been no car chases or no shoot outs. The reader does get to experience the account of the first police officer to arrive on the scene and his inner battle at the prospect of an armed confrontation with a thirteen year old boy, but that confrontation never happens. Therefore, the police officer arriving at the scene and finding the shooter already down, may not make for exciting television.

Of course, after the shooting as in the story, there would be much lamentation of how and why such a tragedy happened. How a boy of thirteen could get a hold of such high power weapons and what made him do it. The bullying hell Mark went through would have been mentioned and loosely linked to why he did it. Although many would be quick to try to downplay it. More would be made of his Asperger’s Syndrome and DAMP conditions, much more so than before he took up arms and did the deed. Then of course, there would be the ones who used the shooting to cash in, they would have definitely hogged the limelight in any TV programme.

On the other hand, the planning and method in which Mark carried out his shooting might have been more interesting. During their investigation, law enforcement officials all agreed that he had received some marksmanship and military training, even if the latter was inadvertently. Probably why I say that the true innocent victim of it all was Mark’s mother’s boyfriend, Ted Ziminsky, who taught Mark how to shoot. Also, a recreation of the carnage that followed as a result might have been an interesting view too. It would have to be a recreation because I never say that there are any cameras around the school to show the event. Even if it had, some of those who read “He Was Weird,” stated that the shooting would be too brutal to show live, especially if the camera should happen to catch Mark when he double taps some of his victims.

All in all, as much as I find it amusing that my shooting in “He Was Weird,” could appear on “Active Shooter- America Under Fire,” I’m glad that it’s just fiction and never will. Still, I’m not convinced that it would have made for good ratings anyway. However, the best way to find out for yourself is to read the book.

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You Couldn’t Make It Up, Actually You Could


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In the past, I called posts like the one I am about to make, “A Victory for the Bullies,” however, I get the impression that some of you are tired of seeing that title. Therefore, I’m using stealth tactics and giving the post another title. This does not stop what you are about to read being yet another victory for the bullies.

Following the death of her friend, who took her own life on account of the bullying she was receiving, Emily Gipson of Lebanon Tennessee, posted a free verse poem about the bullying and suicide going on at her school. She was given permission by a teacher to use his classroom as a backdrop for a school project. The video she made for her poem chalked up 600,000 views on Youtube.

If you have been following my posts for awhile, you probably already have guessed that the school reacted to the video in a way that was not favourable to Emily. That’s right, she was suspended from school for two days. The school’s reason behind the suspension: She was in the school after hours and after all students were told they had to be out of the building. While the school denies the suspension was anything due to the content of the video, the teacher was mortified by the content, and even denied claims that the suspension was down to the video inciting violence, I still can’t help wonder that the denial was a smokescreen. Once again, we see a school using some bullshit violation of a school rule to punish someone who wants to do something about the bullying at their school.

Please watch the video and judge for yourself:

To address any possible backlash, I am in no way saying that being a bullying victim or speaking out against bullying is an excuse to break the rules. True, Miss Gipson might have been in the school building when she shouldn’t have been, but she was given permission by a teacher to be there. Plus, as a teacher myself, if I had given a pupil permission to use my classroom for a project, I would have at least checked on the pupil at least once, for safety reasons if anything else. This way, if Emily was saying anything shocking or inflammatory, he could have stopped it. So, this teacher isn’t totally guiltless here.

As for the school, I believe that the suspension of Emily was a reaction to the fact that she had highlighted bullying at the school. No school likes to admit that such a thing goes on in their institution. They have even stated that they never had any complaints of bullying from Emily or her friend who committed suicide. However, other students have claimed that it did go on. Besides, how many cases of unreported bullying are there in schools across America? I suspect millions. Many victims are too scared to report bullying and that’s probably why the school never heard about it. But instead of trying to address the issue of bullying, they decided to suspended this brave girl who had the stones to speak out against the terrible plague that is bullying.





Schools In Literary Bullying: He Was Weird


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Keeping with tradition, whenever I write a series of posts about books dealing with bullying and school shootings, I always save my book, “He Was Weird,” til last. I realize that the continuity of the series of posts on the school’s role in literary bullying was broken last week due to my post on my thoughts on my mother in law’s passing. However, I make no apologies for that as I felt the need to write that post right then and there. So with no further interruption, here’s my post on schools in “He Was Weird.”

In an ideal world, I would love to tell how the schools in the story were absolutely useless in dealing with the bullying that Mark went through and led to him shooting up the school. However, this is not an ideal world and if I’m honest, the schools in the story were not useless, they tried. During an incident early in the book, which I call “The Episode,” where Mark is beaten up and his bicycle wrecked. The school does its job and taking the two boys responsible to task. Furthermore in the story, when Mark is bullied in middle school, the school does its best to deal with the pain that he is suffering.

The best example of the above is “The Smiley Incident,” when Mark is indecently assaulted by a substitute teacher. The school does its job in bringing the perpetrator to justice and cannot be faulted. Likewise, when the bullying becomes unbearable, the school does its best to remedy the situation. So, for the most part, the school really isn’t to blame for the bullying Mark suffers and results in murder.

What you might be asking yourself is “Why did Mark shoot up the school if the school isn’t responsible?” Let me point out a sad truth when it comes to bullying in school. The school can’t be everywhere. Furthermore, it isn’t able to extend its authority beyond school. While some bullies leave Mark alone in school, they make sure they get him outside of it, especially now that he had gotten them in trouble. Plus, he is bullied so much that not every instance of school bullying he is a victim of gets reported. Otherwise, he would practically spend his school days in the office reporting bullying. There is also the added fact that some bullies, like David Fitzpatrick, wear their punishment for bullying Mark as a badge of honour thus making him feel that going to the school hasn’t worked. It is facts like these that eventually drive him to carry out his school shooting.

One ironic and unique part to “He Was Weird” is that I as the author, don’t hold the school responsible in being unable to stop Mark’s bullying, some of the victims of his shooting spree do. At least their parents and the lawyers do. As a result of the shooting, the school is sued by several of the parents of the victims on the grounds that it did not sufficiently deal with the bullying of Mark and this led him to shoot their child.

If you been following Peaceful Rampage for some time, you will know that my book is drawn from actual experiences. I was bullied as bad as Mark was and the school did do its best in trying to stop it. Also like in the story, the school dealing with things only made matters worse for me on most occasions. So, I can’t blame the school either although some teachers did play a role in exacerbating the bullying. It is also why whenever I read about a school shooting, my first thought is always: “This could have been me.”

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