“I am nothing. I am no one. My life is nothing and meaningless.” And there you have the perfect distillation of the motivation of the Parkland spree shooter. Videos Nikolas Cruz made prior to murdering 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February were made public yesterday. They reveal that he is the quintessence of what many think a school shooter is.
This is the most disturbing footage I have ever watched. These were found on the Parkland school shooter, Nikolas Cruz’s phone… pic.twitter.com/K7p3jEBVob
— teddy (@__t_d_k__) May 31, 2018
I hate everyone and everything, and with the power of my AR, you will all know who I am.
That tracks perfectly with theories many so-called experts have put forward about these isolated, nihilistic narcissists who see their lives as meaningless and want nothing more than to achieve what they perceive to be significance by attaining fame.
“There is a certain group of school shooters who engaged in fame-seeking behavior. They want to be known,” said Peter Langman, a clinical psychologist who authored the book “Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters.” “They want to change from a nobody into a somebody and the only way they can think to do that is to kill a lot of people.”