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Karl Pierson's online image and more fallout from Arapahoe High shooting

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Photos and more below.
Update: Last night, the Littleton School District announced that Arapahoe High School, where a Friday shooting left student Claire Davis fighting for her life (see our previous coverage below), will be closed through winter break. We've got the full schedule for students wishing to retrieve their belongings below.

In the meantime, the social media footprint of Karl Pierson, who took his own life after shooting Davis, continues to be erased -- but we've got material from Facebook, including a group to which he belonged, that gives more insight into what he was like.

As we've reported, Pierson, armed with a shotgun and several incendiary devices, entered the school on Friday afternoon and asked for librarian Tracy Murphy, coach of the Arapahoe debate team. Murphy soon learned about Pierson's arrival and left the school -- a smart tactical decision according to Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson, because it had the potential of luring the gunman away from the campus.

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Tracy Murphy.
Unfortunately, Pierson still managed to injure Davis before turning his gun on himself.

Murphy has issued the following statement:

Arapahoe High School teacher Tracy Murphy has asked that we share his and his family's concern for all of the victims of this tragedy. Littleton Public Schools, the Arapahoe High School community, and the Tracy Murphy family appreciate the support and kindness received over the last few days. Littleton Public Schools asks that you respect Mr. Murphy's privacy and the privacy of all LPS community members who are grieving.
This morning (update), the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office announced that the school had been returned to the Littleton district's control -- meaning it's no longer officially a crime scene. However, district officials have decided to keep it closed through the scheduled start of winter break later this week. The school district has created a schedule for students to pick up belongings left behind when they evacuated the building -- safely, thank goodness -- on Friday.

At last report, Davis was in critical but stable condition -- and also comatose. She was shot in the head.

Pierson's Facebook page is now offline, but while it lingered, we were able to grab a number of images, including his profile pic, which referenced the recent deaths of actor Paul Walker and South Africa's Nelson Mandela while nodding to The Family Guy....

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...as well as more conceptual graphics, like this one....

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...and this one:

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His contributions have also been stripped from "Smart Sundays," a Facebook group featuring extremely bright people "who want to partake in discussions of politics, philosophy...."

Among the questions posed by Pierson was this one: "I know it's not sunday, but I was wondering to all the neoclassicals and neoliberals, why isn't the market correcting itself? If the invisible hand is so strong, shouldn't it be able to overpower regulations?"

In another exchange, he asked a commenter: "What about Somalia? There's no regulations and they don't even have clean water."

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One of many Pierson photos currently circulating.
And in response to another post, he wrote, "What regulations are you talking about? One major cause of the 2008 bubble bursting was NINJA loans (No Income No Job or Assets) also referred to subprime mortgages. They are characterized by 'higher interest rates, poor quality collateral, and less favorable terms in order to compensate for higher credit risk.' -- (department of housing and urban development). These loans were largely unregulated and led to credit default swaps. a CDS was an agreement that the buyer will compensate the seller in the event of a loan default. The market reached $62.2 Trn by the end of 2007. On top of that, ratings agecies like Moody's had NO regulations and marked CDS and NINJA loans as AA+ and AAA even though they were sh!t. I guess what I'm saying is more oversight is needed for the economy to really work. The bailouts were an OK idea (I'm still Keynesian), but the republicans asked for less oversight and now there is little chance that winners like AIG will repay it (but losers like Tesla will?). Because of the way the bailouts were set up, banks have no incentive to shape up because they are playing with the house money and hold all the cards. So tell me why regulations that allow assessment of those taking our loans are bad and why we shouldn't enact laws to make it so some companies can't merge creating TBTF. Sidenote: I would recommend the documentary 'Enron: the smartest guys in the room.' And it's m00t."

Clearly, these posts have little in common with the Facebook exchanges of typical high schoolers -- as do his actions on Friday, which have left others with his name eager to disassociate themselves from him. Here's the profile photo of one person also named Karl Pierson:

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Here's the Arapahoe High schedule for the week. That's followed by our previous coverage.

Arapahoe High School Schedule

Continue for our previous coverage of the Arapahoe High School shooting, including photos and videos.



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hoooej27
hoooej27

Looks like Tracy Murphy was a satanic Catholic communist. The kid was gunning for him and it would have good if he succeeded. The problem is.. the kid should not have been so driven so irrationally and the reason why is the liberal socialism. They're not taught about academics or reason.. they taught submission and oppression. Murphy and his ilk need to be held accountable.

hoooej27
hoooej27

this article is written by a murderous demons and truth is not the object the writer of this report is after. he's in it for the money and enslavement and the murdering of the truth. Kids understand bullshit. The adults grow to be demons without consideration outside of the money they steal. essentially it's the liberals with the biggest desire for crime.

Sara Harris
Sara Harris

karl pierson rip i like u and love u i think about u day and night love ya sara pierson

Mozart99
Mozart99

I hope this is not a repeat. As a longtime journalist I must agree. Drop the name. Now that it has been used once, so people will know who did it, drop it. Stories can still be done about the killer, if they have new and important information, but leave the name and photos out. As one parent said everyone can remember the name of Holmes but none of his victims.

The Anti-Notoriety Campaign
The Anti-Notoriety Campaign

Well said, Jen. There are many things we can do to try to prevent these horrors in the future. Just ONE of them is to remove the notoriety factor. If media outlets adopted a policy of never showing the face nor the name of these types of assailants, future assailants would know that they would not receive widespread attention for their grievance, and perhaps it would deter a few incidents. http://www.facebook.com/antinotorietycampaign

Mary Maybee
Mary Maybee

This kid lived in Douglas county so why was he going to a Littleton Public School in Arapahoe county? Also, is & was AHS as safe as it claimed to be or does this bring other issues to light. Now everyone wants privacy, including the parents. I ask what is wrong with the parenting that is going on here? Also, he managed to get far into the school. Why and how? Do they not have metal detectors in these schools and if not, why not?

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

^^^...as if being an Islamophoic, right-wing lunatic does?

SteadyPofiling
SteadyPofiling

Is this the new liberal strategy? Mass shootings to FORCE an issue near and dear to your hearts? Gun Control/Confiscation? These mass shootings are turning into a liberal 'members only' party.....Nice strategy, freaks!

Valerie Cates
Valerie Cates

The first thing that I thought are at least two families are grieving tonight. My kid and I are extremely close and she has done some shocking things that I never thought she would do. Hell, I have done some shocking things that I never thought I would do. But even his close friends in interviews on the news said that they never ever thought he would do something like this. So, his parents could be not only shocked that their son would hurt another person with intent to murder but are grieving because he took his own life. All that's left in the wake of these tragedies are mountains of questions, extreme sorrow, anger, and fear. Sure, what he did was inexcusable and absolutely tragic but Jami's right. Who knows what his situation was? Who knows what could or couldn't have prevented this? I know that I was a kid badly let down by the mental health system for trying committing murder - of myself (aka suicide but still murder)- numerous times. My mom struggled to find me help but in my time, I just needed more discipline, more spankings, to be locked up. Thankfully I have never had homicidal tendencies but I could have. I could have been this kid. Who knows?

Jami Mather Scott
Jami Mather Scott

As angry as we want to be at him... lets try to remember he did have parents. It would be overwhelming I am sure to know how to react as a parent of one of these kids that acted in the most extreme way to human life... including their own. I have to remind myself... trust me... its hard... you want to blame the parents... but you know they hurt too. Sadly, in a lot of cases... the parents have tried helping their kid. Only to be let down badly by the mental health system.

Robert Cembalest
Robert Cembalest

I'm sorry, but bright and taking this course of action do not go together.

Aaron Jackson
Aaron Jackson

I feel there's a lot more to this story that we do not and likely will not ever know. Lot of unanswered questions. Unfortunately, the whole ordeal is headed for the chopping block to become more "anti-gun" fodder.

Valerie Cates
Valerie Cates

People keep calling school shooters copycats. Copycats of who? School shootings have been going on forever. The news just didn't cover them as extensively really until the benchmark event of Columbine - despite the shootings that had happened at Pearl High School, inner city high schools, et all. We had gang shootings at our school that didn't even make the news. Each of these kids and the couple adults that have gone on shooting rampages weren't in any way copycatting anyone. They had their own motives, their own methods, and their own identities.

Art Noble
Art Noble

How about the victim who cares about the shooter

Tyler Custer
Tyler Custer

Clearly John you have displaced rage. I am sorry you feel that way. I had teen anger just like you but rather than take it out on innocent people I channeled it into music and creativity. Advocating murder is way out of line. I understand this an open forum, but you saying something for shock value makes you look like a fool.

John Barrett Siegfried
John Barrett Siegfried

And I am tired of people asking why kids are doing this... Of course they are, I am glad I dropped out of high school or I would have made the theater fucking shooting look like a church fucking picnic. People/Humanity/Kids are fucking shit and treat people like dirt, and everytime someone gets tired of it and goes "crazy" they blame the person who flips out... Keep being Ignorant Murika and you will pay the motherfucking price.

John Barrett Siegfried
John Barrett Siegfried

What a pussy, you go in to take every cocksucker faggot teacher and punk ass jock/prep kid out.. not to not kill anyone and blow your own head off. ..

Michael Sabin
Michael Sabin

I don't know if being a socialist democrat qualifies for intelligence.....just saying....

Jen Stretch
Jen Stretch

Trust me. There will plenty of people evaluating what happened and why. Also it is not like I will be able to determine the truth from the media anyways.... they will never release the full truth to the public.

Chad A Tet
Chad A Tet

Bunch of idiots. Seriously, fuck off people.

Sheilah Davis
Sheilah Davis

I agree. I find it strange that Mr. Murphy knew he was the one being targeted. I find it even more bizarre that he asked for privacy; one would think that he would be more concerned for the welfare of Claire Davis. There has to be more to the story.

Sheilah Davis
Sheilah Davis

Yeah...but you've probably never had a kid assaulted by a teacher. You've probably never dealt with the denial many school districts engage in. I'm going to bet that the official line is inaccurate. I want the truth so that it doesn't happen again. You can avert your eyes to the truth, that's okay. Other people care!

Sheilah Davis
Sheilah Davis

Ignoring the kid's history and past will NOT help us find out why he did what he did. I'm going to bet that there is far more to the story and that insight may help us prevent this from happening in the future. Scrubbing this kid from the net will only push the issues that instigated this incident under the rug.

Jen Stretch
Jen Stretch

Lol. Whatever. I'm not interested in "critically evaluating" his actions. If I wanted to study human behavior, I would do so in a professional setting; otherwise, he is just like anyone else who chooses to take a gun to school with the intention of harming someone. That's just my personal opinion and there is no need for you to encourage me to think about in a different way.

jamesandmarsy
jamesandmarsy

You need serious mental help. Changing your name to a murderers while crushing on all the others . Let me guess the Harris in the name your using is for Eric Harris but now you are taking the last name of a different loser . Great ! You will make such a good mom.

jamesandmarsy
jamesandmarsy

Thank You . We are living in a world where school shooters are becoming heroes and the victims get blamed for horrible things just because people assume the shooter knew them. Just as bad is that people are forgetting the victims from the media saturating the world with the killers face and name.

hoooej27
hoooej27

we need to stop paying you to run our society into a slave pit for demons. WHy are we forced to send our kids into the company of your ilk? you are devil's people. down with the taxes and the state.

hoooej27
hoooej27

@SteadyPofiling it's the nature of these people. You need to give them YOUR Money because YOU're GREEDY.  You need to let them piddle YOUR children, because you're a pervert.  

DarlingCR
DarlingCR

@SteadyPofiling uhhhhm. Right wingers invented mass shootings and perfected it to an art form for them. Right wingers make school shootings possible with lack of gun regulations. And before you say they can always get guns, remember that the E.U has 500 million people with ZERO school shootings last year. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Valerie Cates "My mom struggled to find me help but in my time, I just needed more discipline, more spankings, to be locked up."


Nothing like subjecting kids to violence and pain ... to show them violence is wrong.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Robert Cembalest  ... so was it bright to drop a Nuclear Bombs on the CIVILIAN Population centers of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, slaughtering 150,000+ INNOCENT civilians -- women and children -- in the process ??

..Matt...
..Matt...

No one cares what you "feel". Get back to us when you have some facts.

Mozart99
Mozart99

No sense here. Yes, there have been shootings. But everyone one gets publicized we have a series of more of them.

..Matt...
..Matt...

To the hyper-hysterical ninnies every killing is a copycat since the bible irresponsibly published and glorified Cain slaughtering Abel.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Mary Zeller ... praying to which "god" ?? ... the same one that allowed this tragedy to take place?

gary_gLItter
gary_gLItter

and by the way, that profile photo you uploaded on Dec 16 .... you look SO gay.

DarlingCR
DarlingCR

someone failed miserably at life...-----> @John Barrett Siegfried

Mozart99
Mozart99

Strange? He had been threatened by the kid.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Jen Stretch... so why are you here?

hoooej27
hoooej27

@DarlingCR@SteadyPofiling when liberals like you lie... it's funny to you. everytime you tell a lie.. it make you THE GOOD GUYS. Go to the EU. when you get caught .. you won't be able to escape. you will be tortured till dead.

bondadprevalece
bondadprevalece

@DonkeyHotay It's just an empty sentiment. Probably 1% of these people actually get on their knees and pray (regardless of the fact that it has a pretty low success rate).

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