Two Colorado school shooters were convicted on 46 counts, including murder, for an incident in which they specifically targeted students she felt were “transphobic.”
Devon Michael Erickson and Maya “Alec” McKinney walked into a classroom at STEM School Highlands Ranch on May 7, 2019, and opened fire on students as they watched “The Princess Bride.”
Eight students were wounded. 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo was shot and killed as he attempted to disarm Erickson.
Erickson and McKinney, who was born female but identifies as male. Known as a male named “Alec,” McKinney is referred to as “Maya Elizabeth McKinney” a “juvenile female” in court documents.
The pair specifically targeted students they felt were “transphobic” against McKinney.
Despite the pair being involved in a mass school shooting, some liberal activists rallied to defend McKinney, arguing he was the victim of discrimination.
A friend of McKinney’s and Erickson’s wrote on Instagram that “Devon did not do what he did because he’s liberal or to make a statement. He did it due to internal struggles. They’re both struggling with mental health issues and this is a time for awareness. Alec did not do this because he’s trans, but had people supported him in the way he needed and deserved, he would not have struggled so much that he got pushed over the edge.”
The friend wrote that the pair did a “horrible thing” but called for more support for LGBT youth, saying the two didn’t allegedly act because they hated others but rather because of hate in themselves.
The Post-Millennial reports there is even an online movement to have the charges dropped, writing:
Social justice crusaders on social media advocated to #AbolishPrisons for McKinney’s release who was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole last July. McKinney was born female but identifies as male.
Leftists claimed that “oppressive society” and “a world designed to kill us” had driven McKinney to violence, alleging that he doesn’t deserve to be punished for his crimes because it wasn’t his fault that he committed the acts.
Instead, the social justice warriors advocated for the mass shooter to be able to “thrive as a trans person,” and that the courts should disregard the first-degree murder and 16 other counts to which he pleaded guilty.