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Wednesday, March 23, 2005
One more thing - on a point I think I've made before - if you've been reading the news, you've also read about the latest school shooting. Kid kills his grandfather, his grandfather's "lady friend," a security guard, a teacher, and a bunch of classmates. Dozens of witnesses, school security camera tapes, forensic evidence, etc. And yet, on, there's this chart:

Derrick Brun, 28
Dwayne Lewis, 15
Chase Lussier, 15
Daryl Lussier, 58
Neva Rogers, 62
Chanelle Rosebear, 15
Michelle Sigana, 32
Alicia Spike, 14
Thurlene Stillday, 15

Suspected gunman:
Jeff Weise, 16

Suspected gunman? SUSPECTED gunman? Does this mean we suspect he had a gun, or we suspect he was a man? We KNOW he had a gun. How much proof do we have to have before we remove the word "suspected" or "alleged" from a story? Do we have to have a criminal conviction? Because, if so, this kid is going to be a suspected gunman for the rest of time. (I almost typed "for the rest of his life.") He's not going to be tried, or found guilty. But he did it. I suspect.


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