Heg’leH NeH QaQ jajvam
Many perpetrators of workplace violence and school violence (WPV/SV) believe in the phrase from Star Trek: The Next Generation – Heg’leH NeH QaQ jajvam – It is a Good Day to Die! Even if they don’t like Star Trek or voice this phrase openly. But if you look at their motives and the way that they attack their victims, you can see how they do, in fact, believe this.
To them, the killing of a hated enemy, real or perceived (and generally they are just perceived), is the greatest thing they can accomplish. At this point in their life when anger overwhelms and rules both the day and thinking processes. And whether it seems, as is so often spoken, senseless and a tragedy it really isn’t. At least to the perpetrators it makes absolute perfect sense to kill their hated enemy and do it in the heat of battle, which they perceive they are in one.
Do you remember any of these names below?
- Patrick Sherrill, Edmond OK. Post Office
- Nathan Farris, Mid-Buchanan Middle School, Faucett MO.
- Dylan Clebold & Eric Harris in Littleton Colorado at Columbine High School
- James Homes in Aurora at a movie theater
- Adam Lansa, New Town, CT. Sandy Hook Elementary
- Aaron Alexis, Washington D.C. Washington Navy Yard
- Cedric Larry Ford, Hesston, KS. Excel Industries
- John Edward Parsley, Alva, OK. Comfort Suites
Too them, obviously, it was a good day to die. They planned to die along with their victims. They confronted and killed their hated enemies, whoever they were, before dying themselves, except for Parsley, in battle.
These individuals decided it would be better to die on their feet rather than die on their knees. Yet another phrase from Star Trek and the American Plains Indians. Whether they were distressed by anything more than rage and blind-sided mental illness doesn’t matter. They wanted to kill their perceived enemies and then die themselves, as evidenced by the taking of their own lives at the scene.
66% of all perpetrators will die at the scene of their crime. A few will die at the hands of another person or police, aka suicide by cop. Their violent confrontation and failure to comply, forces the hand that holds the opposing firearm.
And the enemies of the perpetrators can be real or imagined. Perception is Reality. This is so very true in many WPV/SV incidents. If the individuals are troubled by mental illness, or simply blind rage, then their perception is the only reality they will accept, nothing else, or anyone else’s opinion, matters!
And of course there are numerous ways that can set off the blind anger that causes their mind, for lack of a better term, to crack. From romantic jealousy, 48% of all WPV is caused by this, whether it is from an adult relationship or teenage romance.
Then of course there are the incidents of bullying, jealousy of other sorts, mental illness issues, and innumerable other potential causes, and triggers, of a WPV/SV incident. Those of us who work in this specialty of security can readily point out the cause, in most cases, after very little research.
And in practically every single incident that you can investigate the act of violence against another is justified in the minds of the perpetrators. It’s never senseless to them. Everyone wants to say, for the 24 second news cycle, that they just snapped in a senseless act of violence.
But these people never snap, it takes planning to commit this type, and range of planning, of violence. And as I stated earlier, it makes perfect sense to them. Maybe not to the public, media, family members, or friends, at large but to them it is absolutely defensible and justifiable.
And they usually want to die after vanquishing their enemies, whoever they may be. Their clear duty of honor has been fulfilled. Their only other recourse is to live in an environment where they are monitored and told what to do 24 hours a day. And that is one reason they did what they did, to re-claim some control over their, failed & miserable, lives and not let someone else manipulate them.
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Robert D. Sollars is a recognized expert on security issues, specifically workplace violence. He’s spent nearly 33 years in the security field. Visit his Facebook page, One is too Many, where you will read about other items related to security & WPV issues. Or be a twitter follower at @robertsollars2.
I May be Blind but my Vision is Crystal Clear