In 2016, shooter Dylann Roof was found guilty on all 33 counts of federal hate crimes and in 2017, sentenced to death for his 2015 shooting and killing of nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC.
His sister, Morgan Roof, was arrested Wednesday, March 14 for bringing pepper spray, a knife, and marijuana onto her school campus during the National Walkout in honor of the victims of the Parkland shooting.
No one was harmed in the incident, and Roof was fined $5,000 and told she could not return to school.
Preceding the walkout, Roof posted a disturbing opinion on the movement on Snapchat saying, “Your walking out for the allowed time of 17min, they are letting you do this, nothing is gonna change what tf you think it’s gonna do? I hope it’s a trap and y’all get shot we know it’s fixing to be nothing but black people walkin out anyway. No offense ofc buuut”.
This message presented a threat toward the school community and was the leading factor to the suspicion followed up by Roof’s arrest.
The matter is, someone like Morgan Roof should not have access to a weapon of any type, given her family history. Her relationship with her brother Dylann was strong, and close family of humans with a maniacal perception of reality should not have access to objects that can potentially cause harm to others.
This situation truly exemplifies the lack of security the United States has on its citizens. Dylann Roof is a mass murderer and his close sister is legally permitted to buy a knife. This demonstrates that virtually anyone could have access to deadly weapons, despite a violent or suspicious history.
When a person is convicted of a crime, the blame is typically pointed at their mental health. The family is not generally examined as thoroughly as it should be during the matter, and after the fact, not supervised at all.
While personal privacy is essential to citizens across the country, the monitoring of families in which abysmal criminals come from is crucial to the protection of every other person in America.
Dylann Roof’s motive behind his shooting was derived from an antagonistic mindset based on race. His sister then posts on Snapchat saying she hopes everyone doing the walkout, which was mainly black people, gets shot. There is an apparent correlation between the two, and it’s the fact that they grew up together in a close relationship. An aspect of their childhood could have pushed each of them, while Dylann admittedly farther, into this wretched state of mind. Yet there is next to no investigation of the family life surrounding the two.
However one may believe Dylann’s act of pure chaos was prompted, every possible motive should have been rigorously investigated before jumping back to “it’s a mental health issue”.