Hatred is a sickness…it needs tending. To maintain a good solid hatred, a person has to work at it. It needs constant time and attention. It starts to consume a person’s thoughts day and night. It is destructive. Hatred can start from a misunderstanding, from hurtful words or actions, it can start from the simplest thing. But, to build to a point where it starts to destroy…someone really has to invest themselves into it.
It is sad…but hatred can actually be contagious. Hatred has claimed another soul…news reports today tell of a young man consumed with hatred. He has been nurting a hatred for people different from himself allegedly. The reasons why are on video…to be learned by the public later. He lives in Chesterfield, South Carolina. I don’t want to name him…as i think by doing so, sometimes it encourages others who think that they will become famous by following in the footsteps of others who seek to destroy. That needs to stop.
This young man’s parents turned him in to the police. That had to be one of the most difficult things they have had to do in their lives. I admire their courage…we need to pray for them. He is still their son. As a parent we dont have to understand or agree with the things our children do…but we still have to love them and be there for them. Unfortunately, their son had ordered some ammonium nitrate (10 lbs of it). The parents had been notified by the Postal Service of an impending delivery and they called the police when they realized what he had done.
It was then discovered that the young man had a journal where he documented his hatred of others for the last year. This young man seemed to perform successfully in school and was one of the school’s top students. He has not been in serious trouble before. How could this hatred have been bubbling under the surface, without anyone knowing it existed? Or is there more to the story? It will unfold in time.
It seems the young man may have made maps of his school that he intended to blow up. The young man made a video to be played after his “death”. He planned for it to be shown after the destruction of his school by his bomb attack. It has been reported that he had plans to create several bombs; and, he was planning on styling his “attack” to be modeled somewhat after those who implemented the Columbine High School murders in Colorado nine years ago…the anniversary of that horror will be observed this coming sunday. How close were we to another such national tramatic school attack? There was no time frame in the young man’s journal…but the nitrate was being delivered just before the anniverary of Columbine High School shootings. Coincidence…probably not when he already said in his journal that he admired the shooters from the Columbine attack.
I think the parents of this young man have potentially saved many lives by doing the right (and difficult) thing by contacting the authorities. Certainly, all of the details are not yet known…the investigation has just begun.
However, I am glad that this time, hatred was stopped in it’s tracks. I am sorry for the parents of the young man. I am sad at the waste of this young man’s life…as he will most certainly be spending some time behind bars or institutionalized. However, I am also glad that there is not another “role model” of hatred to be held up and admired by others who are consumed with the need to hate, to destroy and to grab their 15 minutes of “fame” in the media, by trying to kill as many innocent lives as they can with their violence.