Seth posted a message Snapchat, a note that now takes on great significance and will likely haunt whoever saw it. He swore at “all of you who contributed to this.” Then he took out the pistol that he had stashed away in his bag and killed himself.
Seth’s high school had almost 2,000 pupils in attendance. It was about to run a routine fire drill, which was a good thing, as it meant that most people were elsewhere and did not have to witness the horrific event. But the drill only served to add to the confusion and turmoil, on a day when a real emergency had just taken place.
With the proliferation of cell phones and instant communication, it was tricky for school authorities to raise the alarm with families before their children did. Lake County Schools Communication Officer Sherri Owens, who spoke to WKMG, recalled that everything took place so fast. “In this age of social media, some of the students had alerted parents even before we had the opportunity to do so,” she said.