Caleb Sharpe was a Sophomore at Freeman High School in Rockford, Washington. He had previously posted videos of pretend gunfights with his best friend over a video game called “Halo.” He had many friends, although some described him as “weird.” That “weird” kid shot one of his friends to death on September 13, 2017.
Caleb opened fire at Freeman High School when his gun jammed. Sam Strahan. a friend, walked up to him while the gun was jammed and told him not to do what he was doing.
According to Blue Lives Matter:
Sharpe didn’t listen, and instead pulled out another gun and fatally shot that student.
“He then fired more rounds down the hallway, striking three more students and those students are in the hospital right now in serious condition,” the sheriff said.
Sheriff Knezovich didn’t go into many details, but said that a brave staff member stopped Sharpe and had him under control when the first officers arrived on scene.
“This is another example of somebody that had a lot of courage, stepped up and stopped this before it got worse,” he said. “These are senseless and tragic events that really don’t need to happen and I don’t understand them.
“I don’t think anybody can make any sense out of this but we need to figure out what’s gone wrong with our society that our children decide that they need to take weapons to deal with the issues they’re facing.”
Though the Sheriff thinks maybe bullying was the motive, others are not so sure. Caleb had many friends. Was he obsessed with video games or school shootings or both? Obsession is a bad thing for the psyche, regardless of age. Television and video games can transport a person into another realm and dim reality. Which would be fine if the person’s mind is not “obsessed.”
Earlier in the year he brought a note to school that said he was going to do “something stupid” that would get him put in jail or killed. That note was reported to the school counselor, but there is no indication of any response.
Sam Strahan, the shooting victim, paid that price just a few months after his father died in a tragic accident on Father’s Day.
He was definitely obsessed with television shows as well as video games. According to Heavy.com,
“Sharpe’s obsession with certain TV shows is clear from his social media pages. On his Facebook page, Sharpe jokes that he works at the Krusty Krab, a reference to Spongebob Squarepants. While on his Instagram page, where Sharpe goes by the moniker Walrus Meat, Sharpe’s most recent post makes a reference to Breaking Bad. While on June 21, Sharpe wrote that Netflix’s controversial series 13 Reasons Why was the ‘Best show on Netflix.'”
If he realized his actions were “stupid,” then he knew right from wrong. His parent(s) didn’t bother to look for the warning signs or discipline him for anything.
The group Moms Demand Action is using this against guns less than 24 hours after the incident. But is this a case of poor parenting? Failure of school officials to pay attention? In any case, it’s a failure all around.