And yet again metal is getting attached to a horrific event. This past Monday (August 27), a 15 year-old opened fire in the cafeteria of a suburban Baltimore high school, shooting one classmate and critically wounding another before a teacher stopped the attack. And according to the NY Daily News, the alleged gunman, Bobby Gladden, was “obsessed” with Rammstein and the Manson Family.
The NY Daily News points to Gladeen’s Facebook page, which not only shows that among his musical interests are Marilyn Manson and Slipknot, but also features Rammstein frontman Till Lindemann. Gladeen’s last post on Facebook prior to the attack read “”First day of school, last day of my life. … fuck the world.”
Unfortunately, Gladeen’s musical tastes will likely draw a lot of unnecessary and negative attention to metal (as it has in the past numerous times, and even recently). But as we’ve said before, it’s unfair to pinpoint a whole genre of music for the hate-filled and horrific actions of one sick individual.