Karl Pierson's online image and more fallout from Arapahoe High shooting

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As we've reported, Pierson, armed with a shotgun and several incendiary devices, entered the school on Friday afternoon and asked for librarian Tracy Murphy, coach of the Arapahoe debate team. Murphy soon learned about Pierson's arrival and left the school -- a smart tactical decision according to Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson, because it had the potential of luring the gunman away from the campus.

Unfortunately, Pierson still managed to injure Davis before turning his gun on himself.

Murphy has issued the following statement:

Arapahoe High School teacher Tracy Murphy has asked that we share his and his family's concern for all of the victims of this tragedy. Littleton Public Schools, the Arapahoe High School community, and the Tracy Murphy family appreciate the support and kindness received over the last few days. Littleton Public Schools asks that you respect Mr. Murphy's privacy and the privacy of all LPS community members who are grieving.
This morning (update), the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office announced that the school had been returned to the Littleton district's control -- meaning it's no longer officially a crime scene. However, district officials have decided to keep it closed through the scheduled start of winter break later this week. The school district has created a schedule for students to pick up belongings left behind when they evacuated the building -- safely, thank goodness -- on Friday.

At last report, Davis was in critical but stable condition -- and also comatose. She was shot in the head.

Pierson's Facebook page is now offline, but while it lingered, we were able to grab a number of images, including his profile pic, which referenced the recent deaths of actor Paul Walker and South Africa's Nelson Mandela while nodding to The Family Guy.... well as more conceptual graphics, like this one.... ...and this one: His contributions have also been stripped from "Smart Sundays," a Facebook group featuring extremely bright people "who want to partake in discussions of politics, philosophy...."

Among the questions posed by Pierson was this one: "I know it's not sunday, but I was wondering to all the neoclassicals and neoliberals, why isn't the market correcting itself? If the invisible hand is so strong, shouldn't it be able to overpower regulations?"

In another exchange, he asked a commenter: "What about Somalia? There's no regulations and they don't even have clean water."

And in response to another post, he wrote, "What regulations are you talking about? One major cause of the 2008 bubble bursting was NINJA loans (No Income No Job or Assets) also referred to subprime mortgages. They are characterized by 'higher interest rates, poor quality collateral, and less favorable terms in order to compensate for higher credit risk.' -- (department of housing and urban development). These loans were largely unregulated and led to credit default swaps. a CDS was an agreement that the buyer will compensate the seller in the event of a loan default. The market reached $62.2 Trn by the end of 2007. On top of that, ratings agecies like Moody's had NO regulations and marked CDS and NINJA loans as AA+ and AAA even though they were sh!t. I guess what I'm saying is more oversight is needed for the economy to really work. The bailouts were an OK idea (I'm still Keynesian), but the republicans asked for less oversight and now there is little chance that winners like AIG will repay it (but losers like Tesla will?). Because of the way the bailouts were set up, banks have no incentive to shape up because they are playing with the house money and hold all the cards. So tell me why regulations that allow assessment of those taking our loans are bad and why we shouldn't enact laws to make it so some companies can't merge creating TBTF. Sidenote: I would recommend the documentary 'Enron: the smartest guys in the room.' And it's m00t."

Clearly, these posts have little in common with the Facebook exchanges of typical high schoolers -- as do his actions on Friday, which have left others with his name eager to disassociate themselves from him. Here's the profile photo of one person also named Karl Pierson:

Here's the Arapahoe High schedule for the week. That's followed by our previous coverage.

Arapahoe High School Schedule

Continue for our previous coverage of the Arapahoe High School shooting, including photos and videos.
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