Shootings baffle father of accused
Saturday 28 March 1998
In interviews on two television networks, Scott Johnson defended 13-year- old Mitchell. "My son is not a monster," he said.
Mr Johnson, a lorry driver of Minnesota who is divorced from the boy's mother, offered condolences to the five victims - four girls and a teacher from Westside Middle School.
Mitchell Johnson and Andrew Golden, 11, were charged with murder on Wednesday. Funerals of two of the girls, Paige Ann Herring, 12, and Natalie Brooks, 11, were held yesterday.
Struggling to contain his emotions, Mr Johnson said, "I don't have any explanation for any of this. Nobody does." He said he had seen nothing in the boy's behaviour or state of mind that could have foretold Tuesday's events.
Mr Johnson was driving his lorry in Texas when he heard about the shooting on the radio on Tuesday. He was only reunited with his son at the hearing where the murder charges were read to the boys.
Mr Johnson was allowed a few moments to hug his son. "It's the most difficult thing I've had to do," he said of that meeting. Saying that in those few moments Mitchell had shown remorse, he added: "The truth about my son is that my son is not a monster."
A police chaplain, Rev Jerry Jolly, asked for compassion for the boys' parents, who were devastated by what had happened.
The funerals of the remaining three victims are scheduled to be held this weekend.
- 1 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 3 Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
- 4 Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country
- 5 Barack Obama fist bumps Texas restaurant employee in support of gay rights
Scottish independence: Scots of Corby take matters into their own hands in mock referendum - and deliver overwhelming verdict
Protesters fight to save Arturo, the polar bear sweltering in baking hot zoo
Fry ‘criticises Operation Yewtree in dinner party rant’ calling for tougher laws to deter false sex abuse allegations
Supermoon 2014 in pictures: Moon appeared bigger and brighter at the weekend
Saharan remains may be evidence of first race war, 13,000 years ago
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
War is war: Why I stand with Israel
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
Emergency data law: David Cameron plots to bring back snoopers’ charter
NUT strike: David Cameron announces crackdown on strike action ahead of mass industrial action
Not Specified: Recruitment Genius: One of the UK's most progressive and innova...
£40000 - £45000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: SQL Develope...
£40000 - £50000 per annum + benefits: Progressive Recruitment: This exciting c...
Negotiable: Deerfoot IT Resources Limited: Business Analyst - Horsham, West Su...