An eighth grader in Louisiana attempted to commit suicide Monday morning after trying to also shoot a teacher, when an altercation arose where the staff member would not praise musician Marilyn Manson.
According to The Daily Comet [via The Daily Swarm], the eighth grader, who police say entered school grounds through a back entrance, entered seventh-grade teacher Jessica Plaisance’s class around 9 a.m. before beginning to shout swear words and that that everyone in the room move to the floor. When students in the class — who recounted the events to police — chose to stay in their seats, the eighth grader tried to get another classmate to accompany him before demanding that Plaisance say “Hail Marilyn Manson.” When the teacher did not comply, the eighth grader aimed his gun at her to fire. The first bullet misfired, while a second bullet went above Plaisance’s head into the wall. Students then recounted that the eighth grader walked out of the room, and that they heard a third gun shot, which was later confirmed to be self-inflicting. The eighth grader is now in critical condition.
Thus far, Manson — the musician also cited as a source of inspiration for 1999’s Columbine tragedy in which two Colorado high school students shot 21 people and killed 13 more — has yet to comment.
The school in Lafourche Parish, approximately 80 miles southeast of Louisiana’s capital Baton Rouge, went under lockdown for several hours before allowing parents of the students to pick up their children. The school plans to re-open today with extra police presence and the installation of metal detectors at the school entrances. Why the eighth grader chose Plaisance’s class is still unknown, but a suicide note was discovered, in which details of how he had planned to commit suicide after killing others was found. The eighth grader obtained the firearm used in the incident from his father.
Our hearts go out to the eighth grader, his family, and the community of Lafourche Parish as this incident is dealt with.