I hate Summer Colds.
I had a hay fever flair up this week that's turned nasty on me. I actually came home after work yesterday and just climbed in bed. I'm feeling a bit better today. At least I'm able to putter around the house now. I'm still all clogged up and feeling run down as hell. The throat feels like I've been gargling with steel wool.
I came across a story this morning that added to my general head-cold induced disgust with life.
This is Christopher Clancy:
A former school pupil dressed up as 'Batman' character 'The Joker 'and set fire to the building causing more than €1m worth of damage, a court heard yesterday.
Garda Liam Ganny told the court that Clancy, who had left the school the previous November, filled six large jerry cans with petrol and cut his way through a wire-mesh fence to access the school grounds. He smashed in a glass door and proceeded to spill the contents of one can along the corridor. He then lit the petrol and escaped from the school.
When gardai arrived at the scene they noticed a man dressed "in a purple suit, with green hair, a white face and red painted lips".
Christopher said he did it because he didn't like the way the staff at the school treated his friends.
Friggin' self indulgent, spoiled brat, vandalizing idiot. But wait... there's more. My disgust with this story didn't really get ramped up until I read this part:
"He was 17 at the time of the offence and is an introspective and reserved person. He left school to attend Youth Reach," said Mr Clarke. (the defense attorney)
Judge Patricia Ryan said the offence "seems to be a one-off incident" and "the difficulty for the accused is that he hasn't really addressed the depressive episode".
She ordered that he attends his GP for a medical report and adjourned sentencing until October.
I guess that pretty much takes care of the question of why Christoper Clancy assumed that he could get away with such a blatant, unrepentant act of destruction . When surrounded by people that consider you "introspective and reserved" while you're dressed as the Joker and burning down buildings, its no wonder. Add to that the fact that when caught, you're turned over to receive your punishment at the hands of a judge that is more concerned that he hasn't "addressed the depressive episode" than she is the fact that the douchebag did 1 million euros worth of damage to a school in a long pre-meditated act of violence that was designed with one end goal in mind:
To draw attention to Christopher Clancy.
When a guy plans and prepares for weeks, then dresses like this:
before setting fire to a building - all while filming himself on his cell phone - and then goes immediately to the first people he can find on the street to brag about what he's done, he's not temporarily overcome by depression or insanity. He's a freakin' jerkoff who wants so badly to be the center of attention, that it doesn't matter who's life he has to jack up to do it.
I guess its OK though.... after all, it was only a "one-off incident". If he does it a couple more times, maybe they'll have to revisit the issue and think about doing something about it.