Thursday, July 19, 2007

Prayer vigil held for Memorial MIddle School shooter

Organizers of a prayer vigil for Memorial Middle School shooter Thomas Gregory White and his family appeared pleased with the turnout for the event, according to postings on the Juveniles for Justice message board.
Thirty more letters were signed to send to Jasper County Circuit Court Judge David Mouton, who will decide whether the 14-year-old's case will be removed from the adult system and remanded to juvenile court. Eighteen letters had already arrived at the court earlier Wednesday, according to court records.
In a posting on the message board, Rosana Ladik, Joplin said:

Just wanted to let you know the Candlelight Vigil for Thomas was beautiful. I can't say for sure how many were there, because I was in the audience, but, unfortunately, we didn't make 100. Michelle (Pippin, former Joplin Daily reporter who is handling publicity) probably did a head count, but we did get about 30 signed letters and some folks took some saying they knew they could get them signed, so we're hoping for at least 50 signed letters to Judge Mouton by tomorrow afternoon. The water and ice arrived as promised and the music was perfect. The buttons were proudly displayed by everyone there - we did run a little short, but that's good! Everyone there also wore a white "Justice for Thomas White" ribbon.

Michelle did a fabulous job pulling this thing together and getting the details and facts out to the crowd and everyone left with information sheets, resource data and a Timeline Sheet. Hopefully, we now have a base group who actually know the facts and can put some rumors to bed.

White's hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Joplin Courts Building. White is charged with two counts of assault and one count each of unlawful use of a weapon, armed criminal action, and attempted escape. He was 13 and a seventh grader at Memorial at the time of the incident. Authorities say White took an assault rifle into the school, fired a shot into the ceiling, then aimed the gun at Principal Steve Gilbreth and pulled the trigger, but the weapon jammed.


Anonymous said...

Maybe all the parents who are concerned that he could have killed innocent people should wear red ribbons, for the blood he could have spilled.

Ender said...

Once again, where does it say he ever tried to fire the gun at anyone. Even the principal who that was allegedly at doesn't not for sure. I grow weary of speculation made to look like truth.

Anonymous said...

I grow weary of the blatant ignoring of the fact that he BROUGHT A LOADED GUN TO SCHOOL!!!

Even if he didn't intend to kill someone, accidents happen and someone could have been killed. When you acknowledge the FACT that he brought a loaded automatic assault weapon to a school, on a school day when he knew children and staff would be there and that it could have gone off and killed someone, maybe then I'll wear white with my red.

By the way, my blog didn't say that he tried to fire the gun at anyone. You are NOT winning any votes here.

Ender said...

"Authorities say White took an assault rifle into the school, fired a shot into the ceiling, then aimed the gun at Principal Steve Gilbreth and pulled the trigger, but the weapon jammed."

Ummm yes it did. But you are right accidents can happen. Accidents however all called manslaughter not murder, which is punishable by far less time then Thomas White is looking at serving if he is convicted as an adult. Amazing how that works.

And fyi you really can not prove intent here so don't even bother trying.

Aimee said...

What is the expected consequence if one person points a loaded gun at another living person and pulls the trigger...


Anonymous said...

Amen Aimee. I may not be able to prove intent, but a person using common sense can imagine without a reasonable doubt the intent of bringing a loaded assault rifle to school. I think if he brought a loaded weapon to school and someone "accidently" got killed then besides manslaughter there might be a case for murder as he planned it out and brought the weapon to school. That would be for a jury to decide and thank God the weapon jammed that horrible day.