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School Shooters On Anti-Christian Left

Devon Erickson, 18, arrested as suspect in fatal school shooting (CBS screenshot)

Devon Erickson, 18, is one of two suspects taken into custody for the fatal shooting-up of a Colorado STEM school. The other is a minor whose name has not been released — a minor who, according to law enforcement sources, is a biological female transitioning to male. A tweet from a Denver journalist reveals interesting information about Erickson’s car:

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Student Kendrick Castillo was shot dead trying to protect other students. May his memory be eternal.

Erickson is apparently an anti-Christian hater of long standing:

It is not yet known if Erickson identifies as gay, but he is at least an ally:

More from the Daily Mail:

The two students accused of opening fire on classmates at their Denver high school have been revealed as an 18-year-old boy and a young girl – as authorities say the 18-year-old student who was shot dead was due to graduate in just three days.

Devon Erickson, 18, and a juvenile female – who authorities previously identified as a boy – were taken into custody following the shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Denver on Tuesday afternoon.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said they had initially believed the female shooter was a male based on appearances and were not able to confirm her gender until an interview had taken place.

The underage student is reportedly in the process of transitioning from female to male but Sheriff Tony Spurlock would not confirm if the young suspect was transgender.

‘Right now we are identifying the individual as a female, because that’s where we’re at,’ he said. ‘We originally thought the juvenile was a male by appearance.’

This is a developing story. So far, though, it appears that one of the suspects is a pro-gay Satanist who despises Christians and society at large, and the other is some sort of transgender teenager.

Watch the coverage over the next few days. It hardly needs saying — but I’m going to say it anyway — that these alleged killers do not represent all gays, allies, or non-Christians, any more than Christians or Muslims who shoot up or bomb places represent all in their religion. But it’s going to be very, very interesting to observe how the media craft this narrative to explain what role the identities these two suspects embraced played in justifying their violent actions. As Solzhenitsyn said, the line between good and evil runs down the middle of every human heart. What interests me most of all about anti-social mass violence like this is how the stabilizing center of our society is not holding. If you want to blame particular instances of deadly violence on the left, you can find evidence for that. If you want to blame it on the right, ditto. But the problem we’re facing goes deeper than left-right, or religious-antireligious.

UPDATE: Reader Andrea points to this Daily Mail story on how the narrative will develop: Alec (née Maya) McKinney, the other alleged shooter, was not getting the support “he” needed at school, and was driven to shoot classmates.

‘They did a horrible thing, but please, please recognize that mental health awareness is important. Supporting LGBT youth is important. They didn’t get the help they needed, and they NEEDED it.’

The friend said she knew both McKinney and Erickson personally and said they didn’t shoot their classmates ‘out of hatred toward others’.

‘It was hate in themselves,’ she continued. ‘And they needed support and they didn’t get it and that could have a lot to do with how this ended up. The way that they felt is not an excuse for what they did. But I firmly believe that if they had gotten the help that they desperately needed, their state would not have progressed this far.’

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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