Natalie Carpenter's fascination with Columbine killers keeps her in jail after school threats

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Photos, video below.
The latest Schmuck of the Week post is trickier than usual. Rather than bestowing this honor on Natalie Carpenter, who's reportedly suffering from mental illness, we direct it at what she represents: the ongoing fascination with the 1999 Columbine High School killers. Subsequent school shootings have been more lethal. Yet the Columbine tragedy almost fifteen years ago remains fixed in the popular imagination, as indicated by Carpenter's alleged admiration of the shooters and the threats against two Connecticut high schools she's accused of making.

As noted by the Hartford Courant, Carpenter was arrested on March 4. However, the arrest warrant was just released this week.

According to the document, Carpenter, eighteen, was staying at Hope House, a home for people suffering from mental illness; her mom told police she'd been diagnosed as suicidal and depressed, with evidence of a personality disorder and previous incidents during which she cut herself.

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Danbury High, one of the schools Carpenter allegedly threatened, as seen in WFSB-TV coverage.
At Hope House, residents told staffers Carpenter had been talking about attacking schools, after which police were alerted. They subsequently learned Carpenter had gone gun shopping in the previous couple of days, although the only weapon she was able to purchase was a knife. Moreover, they discovered journals that are said to have included references to Danbury and Bunnell high schools, plus what were practically mash notes to the Columbine gunmen.

At one point, she's quoted as asking, "I mean like their [sic] my heroes but how were they able to get the guns at such a young age?" She also talked about how the experience of being bullied allowed her to better understand how the Columbine pair "ended up this way" and led an assault on their school that left a dozen people dead and many more injured.

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Bunnell High was also allegedly threatened by Carpenter.
When quizzed by police, Carpenter said she'd written the Columbine material when she was drunk, and she would never have actually hurt anyone. This assertion is echoed in the warrant by her boyfriend, who confirmed that he and Carpenter had gabbed about committing a Columbine-like crime but insisted they couldn't have gone through with it. "This is all a big joke," he said.

Not for people in Connecticut, home of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, and not for those effected by what happened at Columbine a decade and a half ago, either.

Carpenter remains in custody on suspicion of conspiracy to commit first-degree assault and attempted first-degree assault.

Here's a larger look at Carpenter's booking photo, followed by a report from shortly after her arrest as broadcast by Connecticut's WFSB-TV.

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Natalie Carpenter.

WFSB 3 Connecticut

More from our News archive circa December 2012: "Columbine to Newtown: A tragic list of school shootings since 1999."

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dbdb
dbdb

Lock her up and throw away the key. Same punishment as any man would get.

Justin Kershman
Justin Kershman

No...I said exactly what I meant...might wanna clarify who the "fucking moron" is though...

Bill Falk
Bill Falk

I think the problem started way back in the days of the need for both parents to work in order to afford to support their families. Since then, teens have only had themselves to look up to and learn from. During one of the most crucial times in a young adults life for brain development, they are left to learn from each other, video games, TV and drugs. All contribute/contributed to the downfall of the social structure for that age. Who's to blame? Start with the government and the poor use of funds. Continue on to the on going issue of personal debt and the decline of a nation. It took years to destroy the balance, it will take years to repair it. Problem is, the government is more concerned with lining their pockets and making the rich richer, nothing is truly being done to initiate the change!!!!!

Peter Sanchez
Peter Sanchez

This is fucked. Arresting someone for thought crime should not be allowed.

Stan Salazar
Stan Salazar

Your grammar speaks volumes of your education.

Justin Vonesh
Justin Vonesh

Are we gonna put the blame on Marilyn Manson again? Remember how everyone pointed their fingers at MM for influencing the shooting? But it actually wasnt his fault

Sean Milano
Sean Milano

Because the media has turned them into icons. Teens worship and imitate icons.

Jason Torbet
Jason Torbet

How come we dint have remember joe mormo license plates or remember arian mathews stickers?

Jason Torbet
Jason Torbet

Because they were bullied and then they took the dark path and executed their bullies and innocents as well a better question why did my high school have so many shootings and noone cared but in upperclass white neighborhoods we all remember columbine?

Timothy Black Tail Deer
Timothy Black Tail Deer

Why do you think so many disturbed Americans continue to idolize the military (killers) their entire life?

Stan Salazar
Stan Salazar

Because they are idiots. Blame the parents.

Whittnie Richards
Whittnie Richards

Because we glorify it and don't get people real help, just stick them in jail.

Evelyn Maria
Evelyn Maria

You got it the first time highly disturbed. Often wonder why parents can't see or don't want to see before it becomes a tragedy

Mario Cianca Betancourt
Mario Cianca Betancourt

To be a teenager sucks. In this country teen can't drink, can't go to most venues, are kicked out from places. Are treated like stupid kids. Unfortunately lots of kids feel the same desperation, loneliness and anger than Columbine's. Instead of pointing fingers to these kids, we should ask What's society doing wrong? What parents are doing wrong?

Rush Carter
Rush Carter

Because it wqs used to greatly restrict their behavior growing up. So it grew into a mythical event that some kids idolize.

Rodger Sherman
Rodger Sherman

Because it's easy to be consumed by rage when others tear you down continuously.

Jeff Hulsing
Jeff Hulsing

Because the media gives it so much attention

Steven Hulse
Steven Hulse

Here's the problem. The media sensationalizes these kinds of events followed by society simply not giving a rats ass but going out of it's way to tell you it doesn't give a rats ass. There's also a large movement amongst teens to be negative, hate and other things. It's almost like they believe this is normal behavior. As parents we need to pay attention to our kids and help them during these times. Attitudes like Esteban and Warren's are part of the reason why kids feel the way they do. If you want to blame anyone, blame society as it has bred this and is feeding it daily.

peekk3rri13
peekk3rri13

Why is this kid in jail? She needs to be getting psychiatric care. Jails do not offer that.

Amber Harvey
Amber Harvey

She's either severely mentally disturbed...has no one to count on, show her love or a good path...or she's just plain evil. Pretty sad regardless. She might as well get used to institutional living.

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

for the same reason they like obama. they're morons.

Warren Cummings
Warren Cummings

she wants to be like the boys from colimbine put a fukkin gun in her mouth and pull the trigger

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

She's just mad because she is butt ugly.  

Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

after reading the comments below....and elsewhere....i wonder who really needs to be institutionalized

Sher Quintana
Sher Quintana

Keep her locked up! You have to take threats seriously!!!This is the ( IF WE HAD ONLY SEEN THE SIGNS) This is what they talked about before columbine happpened!!! I was there helping to find my bosses daughter for 3 hrs running scared with parents crying displaced kids..helecopters..swat teams..screaming .crying...fear like it was the end of the world!!the whole system is so screwed up...

Jenny Tossie
Jenny Tossie

Chick is crazy, anyone with half a brain knows threats or even just regular conversation about things like that isnt tolerated. Chick is stupid. Their her heroes?? Thats wonderful people to look up to, im sure she will go far in life

Thomas Martinez
Thomas Martinez

Maybe she should've maybe they'd have real chargers for her that's bullshit I'm from Denver and I only got a couple of days in jail for bullshit like that they don't have any right to arrest her until after the warrant is approved

Dave Lenio
Dave Lenio

So a girl got bullied at school to the point of writing about wanting to shoot it up... Maybe if truancy laws didn't take away students first amendment right to assemble elsewhere, she wouldn't have gotten to this point? School officials forcing kids to attend are the real problem in my book... Reading her journal excerpts gives me the impression that she would fit in great as a Hollywood script writers... And all the idiots still want schools to be soft targets with less security than most grocery stores.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

You've got a good memory, Justin. Thanks for posting.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

A sad observation, Sean. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

A question well worth pondering, Jason. Thanks for posting.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Succinctly put, Whittnie. Thanks for weighing in.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Interesting post, Mario. We're going to feature it as an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... there aren't enough prisons to lock up everyone who makes a "threat".



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 "anyone with half a brain knows threats or even just regular conversation about things like that isnt tolerated. Chick is stupid."


Yeah, imagine being stupid enough to believe in FREE SPEECH !!

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