The psychology of school shooters: The Montreal experience - Part 6

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 12th Apr 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/i8q1tm-y/
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This series will deal with some of the questions and answers concerning why some people become lone gunmen and take it upon themselves to go out and shoot innocent school children or college and university students.

What do we Know about Kimveer Gill, the Montreal Dawson College School Shooter


What do we Know about Kimveer Gill, the Montreal Dawson College School Shooter

Much of who Kimveer Gill really was could be viewed on his blog on the website vampirefreaks.com. Here we have a portrait of a young man obsessed with firearms. He posted photos of himself wearing a black trench coat and wheeling guns and knives. The blog also included a photo of a tombstone with his name printed on it. Below it, the phrase reads: "Lived fast died young. Left a mangled corpse." However, a lot of the information has since been taken down out of respect for the Montreal families who were affected by this murderer.

Through his journal entries, "Gill reveals himself as a lonely, troubled person with a hatred of society and authority figures especially police, principals and teachers. He blames jocks for high school bullying."

Note: He site has been taken down now.

Can we prevent school shootings from happening?

Can we prevent school shootings from happening?

Many psychologists maintain that more should be done to help these individuals alienated from society before such crimes happen. Former Toronto homicide detective Mark Mendolson believes someone who saw Gill posing with a gun on his blog should have alerted authorities. "Something like this, you don't keep to yourself.” Mendolson goes on to say, "So there are probably scores of his peers or colleagues from school, who have seen him with this gun -- I am quite sure. And what did they all do about it?"

Goth culture

On the other hand, Jethro Berelson, owner of vampirefreaks.com urges the public not to condemn Goth culture because of this incident. He feels that most members of his website are friendly and nice and do not commit crimes. He admits that he is urging site members to report suspicious behaviour and it is difficult for him to moderate everything; "there are just too many blogs." He ended by telling The Canadian Press "It's not like we can moderate everything. And even if he is holding a gun in a picture, that's not necessarily a crime."

Most school shootings occur because the school shooter was a student of the school. However, interestingly enough, Kimveer Gill did not attend Dawson College. He was a graduated of Rosemere High School and never went on to College. Why did he pick this particular educational institution to carry out murder/suicide rampage? Will anyone ever know?

Stayed tuned for the conclusion

Some links to previous articles in this series

The psychology of school shooters: The Montreal experience - Part 1

The psychology of school shooters: The Montreal experience Part 2


The psychology of school shooters: The Montreal experience Part 3

The psychology of school shooters: The Montreal experience Part 4


The psychology of school shooters: The Montreal experience Part 5

All photos taken from the public domain

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College Shooting, College Shootings, Dawson College, Dawson College Shooting, Kimveer Gill, Lone Gunman, Lone Gunmen, School Shooters, School Shootings

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author avatar Carol Roach
Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar Kingwell
13th Apr 2015 (#)

I guess no one will ever know but there are far too many troubled youth out there. Blessings.

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