Norse Apocalypse Referenced By Stabbing SuspectBy: Ellisha Rader Mannering - June 11, 2014
The 16-year-old boy responsible for the stabbings that occurred at a high school in Pennsylvania referenced the Norse apocalypse in letters and notes found in his locker.
Westmoreland County searched the boy’s locker and found several disturbing notes that showed how upset the boy was with the school and society in general. Most of his feelings were written in a document titled “Ragnorok,” the name of a Norse end-of-the-world legend.
The detectives requested a search warrant and hoped to find the suspect’s cell phone in his locker. The warrant also allowed them to obtain anything else they considered evidence in the locker. They were looking for text messages or websites that the suspect may have visited on his phone before he committed the stabbings.
The findings of the search were made public in April and referenced one of the notes found in the locker saying,
“I can’t wait to see the priceless and helpless looks on the faces of the students of one of the ‘best schools in Pennsylvania’ realize their precious lives are going to be taken by the only one among them that isn’t a plebian.”
It wasn’t clear if that text came was the document titled “Ragnorok.” or a different note and document.
The Norse apocalypse is popular among many Norse and Viking enthusiasts. Many believe that the end of the world will take place on February 22nd and some are even preparing for it. Many had predicted the apocalypse would occur on February 22, 2014, but since it didn’t they believe it could occur in 2015 or on the same day sometime in the near future.
The stabbing suspect is currently being held at the Westmoreland County juvenile detention center. On July 23 he will face formal arraignment charges on 21 counts each of attempted homicide and aggravated assault and a school weapon violation.
If the case is moved to juvenile court, the suspect can only be incarcerated until he is 21. If he is tried in Common Pleas court, he could face several years in prison.
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