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Bullying & humiliation: Top investigator reveals motives of Crimea college shooter

Bullying & humiliation: Top investigator reveals motives of Crimea college shooter
An 18yo student who killed 20 people and took his own life in a polytechnic college in Crimea last year was driven by bullying from his better-off classmates for being poor, the head of the Russian Investigative Committee said.

“I had no idea, but it turned out it was that important to wear real US-made jeans, not fake… He wore fake jeans bought at the market, he was brought up by a single mom,” Investigative Committee chief Aleksandr Bastrykin said during a lecture.

“He was constantly humiliated because of this. Here is the result,” he said, stressing that young people react strongly to “inequity in society and the state.”

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In October last year, polytechnic college student Vladislav Roslyakov, likely inspired by US-style school shootings, particularly the 1999 Columbine massacre, detonated an improvised explosive device in the college cafeteria, then embarked on a shooting rampage. On the day of the attack, he wore black jeans and a white t-shirt with a slogan, copying Eric Harris, one of the Columbine killers.

The attacker ultimately committed suicide at the college library, just as his predecessors did 19 years before. A total of 21 people died, including 16 students and five teachers, and 67 people were injured.

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Described as a loner, Roslyakov did not leave a suicide note or any explanation of his actions, though online acquaintances say he had problems with teachers and classmates “for being different.” He lived with a single mother who is a nurse at the local oncology center, and had no criminal or psychiatric record. He also underwent all necessary steps – including a psychological assessment and a weapon handling course – before legally buying the rifle and ammunition he used in the shooting.

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