“Yes, you are your “crazy” brother’s keeper. Yes: you need to go to the authorities. Yes: you need to notify someone in law enforcement and seek out his parents and speak with them confidentially. Had you done this, you would not have psychological blood all over your hands.” – Blog Author
First of all, there is a rather large misstatement from TV and Big Media news reports about Dylann Roof that must be corrected. His parents DID NOT buy him a handgun for his birthday. Dylann purchased the gun himself, with gift money that his parents had given him for his birthday. That needs to be noted.
Secondly, the warning signs were all there. Dylann’s personality had changed in recent months before his horrific act. Joseph Meek, aged 20, is a childhood friend of Dylann Roof. He stated that he had recently reconnected with Dylann, and that Dylann had not only changed, but was openly making statements and comments referencing “doing something crazy” and wanting to “hurt a whole bunch of people.” So we have at least two moments BEFORE Dylann’s life altering actions where the NEON red flag is waving in the face of onlooking friends who knew Dylann.
1) Noticeable personality change
2) The person under observation [ due to his personality change tells you – point blank – what he intends, dreams, fantasizes or desires to do.
That neon red flag moment – based on the above – is the moment you should reach out to law enforcement – right then, right there. Standing idly by and “watching to see what happens next” is as much an act of accessory to the carnage to come – in my opinion, as assisting in the killing itself – when one well knows that you have seen and heard statements made which openly indicate intent to do harm.
This is an agonizing and awful lesson for young people to have to learn. Anymore [ or ever ] it IS NOT OK to stand by and observe – taking no action – when your friend is telling you – point blank – that he feels like he wants to “hurt a bunch of people” or “do something crazy.” We MUST be more responsible and personally accountable in moments like those. Yes, you are your “crazy” brother’s keeper. Yes: you need to go to the authorities. Yes: you need to notify someone in law enforcement and seek out his parents and speak with them confidentially. Had you done this, you would not have psychological blood all over your hands. Your lack of ACTION has led to the disastrous act which stole the lives of nine of South Carolina’s finest citizens, beautiful God fearing souls, full of love, national treasures, each and every one of them.
And I have to sit in the midst of my sorrow and read the NYT article where you come clean and tell the world you KNEW he wanted to do this – because he told you so. It’s almost too much outrage, grief and sadness to bear.
“He was saying all this stuff about how the races should be segregated, that whites should be with whites,” Mr. Meek said. “I could tell there was something inside him, there was something he wouldn’t let go. I was trying to tell him, ‘What’s wrong?’ All he would say was that he was planning to do something crazy.”