A 17-year-old high school sophomore, identified by his family as T. J. Lane, allegedly walked into his high school cafeteria in Chardon, Ohio, yesterday and started shooting. Two students are now dead, and three were injured.
It’s too early to know if T. J. Lane actually has a personality disorder. But it looks like his father, Thomas Lane Jr., exhibited sociopathic behavior. He’s been arrested for abusing women. He served time for holding one woman’s head under running water and then bashing it into a wall. The father, and T.J. Lane’s mother, were charged with domestic violence against each other.
T. J. Lane wasn’t living with either of his parents—he was living with his grandparents. And news reports indicate that social service agencies were aware of the family’s troubles.
So here’s a plausible scenario: The young man’s father may be a sociopath, and unfortunately T.J. Lane inherited a genetic predisposition to the disorder. His family environment was not good, which allowed the genetic predisposition to express, or activate. Then, he reached puberty, which is often when the disorder takes hold. Then he decided to lash out.
Read: Alleged Ohio gunman rarely spoke about ‘trouble’ at home, on CNN.com.
Is this actually the case? I don’t know. But it was the case in the Columbine High School shootings, according to author David Cullen, author of the book Columbine. Here’s a review.
This might be an explanation. Still, I doubt the tragedy could have been prevented.