On May 7, the Denver, Colorado Metropolitan area would experience a school shooting several weeks after the 20 th year anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, with the shooting taking place at STEM School Highlands Ranch, in which one student was killed and eight other students were wounded.
The two suspects were Devon Erickson and Maya Elizabeth McKinney (a FTM transgendered individual who goes by the name of Alec), both of whom were students at STEM School Highlands Ranch.
Erickson (age 18) said to have been a bully towards younger students. It is said that he even joked about shooting up the school, and also warned some students not to go to school prior to the shooting. He is also said to have posted the following statement on Facebook:
“You know what I hate? All these Christians who hate gays.”
He also posted anti-Trump and pro-Obama remarks on Facebook.
Meanwhile, Maya Elizabeth McKinney (a.k.a. Alec McKinney, age 16) probably had the same views as Erickson, given her FTM transition, although a motive has not been given yet. Meanwhile, the only concern that McKinney’s parents have at the moment is male pronouns are being used in reference to their child.
Shouldn’t her (yes I am using a female pronoun) parents be more concerned about what is going to happen to their daughter, not to mention express sympathy towards the victims and their families?
And apparently the mainstream media has been hiding the fact that McKinney was part of the LGBT community. I guess they were hoping the shooters were white homophobic Christian males, when in fact the opposite appears to be the case.
Meanwhile, a vigil was held in the aftermath of the shooting, and was thought by many people to honor the victims. But instead, the vigil that was organized by Team ENOUGH (which has ties to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence) became an event for advocating gun control. Needless to say, the students were shocked to learn that the vigil was being used for such purposes, and when Democratic politicians Senator Michael Bennett and Representative Jason Crow began calling for more gun control measures, some of them walked out. And rightfully so.
A vigil is supposed to be a time of remembrance, not a platform for politics. Apparently the gun control advocates thought they could convince the STEM students to follow in the footsteps of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in launching a campaign for more gun restrictions.
They were wrong.