A homeschooled mass murderer

When someone goes into a housing development and starts randomly shooting people, my first thought isn’t “Must be because he was homeschooled.”

Johann Nel is a nineteen year old white male who walked into the Skierlik community in South Africa, killing four, including a ten year old and a two month old, and injuring several others.  He should find out his fate today (Friday).  The prosecution is saying the crime was racially motivated.

Nel had never been in a position to be exposed to other cultures, Kobus Truter [the clinical psychologist in the case] testified.

One of the reasons was because his parents, Hennie and Corrie Nel, had taken him out of mainstream school in order to home-school him.

“The idea of a rainbow nation did not exist there (in the Nels’ home) or in Swartruggens,” Truter said.  He is a sick boy (Couldn’t agree with the headline more!)

But then later we learn, from the same psychologist, it could have been anyone.  Basically, Nel was looking to randomly murder people.  Not that he wasn’t racist.  Shouting,

“Come out, you bloody kaffirs. I want to kill you today, you black bastards.”  Fear of swart gevaar drove Nel

While shooting randomly at all the people running and screaming will probably make sure any accusations that the crime was racially motivated stick, even if you were alternately contemplating stopping at an intersection or a nearby caravan park mostly populated by whites in order to go on your killing spree.

I don’t know that I agree with the prosecution’s claim that:

What makes it worse is that they were people of colour.

But clearly the guy is a little unhinged.  And his assertion that “others” are responsible for his behavior and that he shouldn’t have any consequences because he just wasn’t quite himself that day is a little unnerving.  But viewing their murders this way seems to be rather typical of mass murderers.  I wouldn’t doubt that there were some seriously disturbing things going on in that home, but who knows. Clearly, he was a very “sick boy.”

I must mention that I am very thankful that after he fired off his 125 rounds, local farmers refused to replenish his ammunition.