October 18 2014

– A student who killed a classmate before taking his own life at a suburban Denver high school last year showed a friend photos of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting and thought one of the images was ‘funny in a crude way,’ according to documents released Thursday.
Karl Pierson, 18, also showed the friend pictures of the shotgun he later used in the December 13 attack at Arapahoe High School, according to investigators’ applications for search warrants.
The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office released the records to The Associated Press as part of an open-records request.
The documents show detectives investigated tips that other students knew of Pierson’s plan, but police have said they concluded no one else was aware of it.
Authorities believe Pierson was targeting his debate coach when he entered the school with a shotgun, machete, homemade bombs and 125 rounds of ammunition.
Investigators said he shot and killed 17-year-old Claire Davis before turning the gun on himself in the school library as security officers closed in. The coach escaped unharmed.
The documents show Pierson had written numbers on his arm corresponding to classrooms and the message, in Latin, ‘The die has been cast.’
Two school security guards told investigators they saw Pierson looking at pictures of guns and mass shootings on his computer six weeks before the shooting.
And police found a book about the Columbine High School attack when they searched his mother’s home.
An autopsy report showed the only substance in Pierson’s system the day he died was caffeine.
In closing the case last week, Sheriff Dave Walcher said school officials did not suspend Pierson in September and allowed him to return to class after he threatened to kill the coach, who had recently demoted him as captain of the team.
Pierson’s mother kept him out of school three days.
Administrators did not deem him a danger, even though the coach told them he was so fearful he considered resigning. A school resource officer who is also a deputy made a report of the threat but took no further action.


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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