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Trans activists demand ban on ‘radical religious schools’ in response to Nashville mass shooting

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Mar 28, 2023
Eli Erlick, who recently boasted about providing illegal cross-sex hormones to children in Mississippi, posted a tweet on Tuesday alongside pictures of an article, which detail alleged child abuse at the Covenant School, where Hale opened fire


Trans activists are demanding the ban of ‘radical religious schools’ in a disturbing response to the Nashville mass shooting, in which they appear to shift the blame away from twisted killer, Audrey Hale, 28. 

Eli Erlick, who recently boasted about providing illegal cross-sex hormones to children in Mississippi, posted a tweet on Tuesday alongside pictures of an article, which detail alleged child abuse at the Covenant School, where Hale opened fire.

Erlick described the school, at which three nine-year-old’s and three adults were gunned down by a deranged Hale, as ‘a right-wing institution’ – claiming the killer had ‘been abused’ with ‘many others.’ 

Veronica ‘Nikatine’ Ripley, another trans activist, reposted the tweet and called to ban ‘radical unregulated religious schools’ slamming ‘conservatives love affair’ those institutions.

No claims of abuse against the 28-year-old have been substantiated at this stage although police have called the grisly attack ‘targeted’ and that Hale most likely held ‘resentment for having to go to that school.’

Eli Erlick, who recently boasted about providing illegal cross-sex hormones to children in Mississippi, posted a tweet on Tuesday alongside pictures of an article, which detail alleged child abuse at the Covenant School, where Hale opened fire

Veronica Ripley, another trans activist, reposted the tweet and called to ban 'radical unregulated religious schools' slamming 'conservatives love affair' those institutions

Veronica Ripley, another trans activist, reposted the tweet and called to ban 'radical unregulated religious schools' slamming 'conservatives love affair' those institutions

Trans activists are demanding the ban of ‘radical religious schools’ in a disturbing response to the Nashville mass shooting in which they appear to shift the blame away from twisted killer Audrey Hale, 28 

A photo of Audrey Hale, 28, inside The Covenant School during the shooting

A photo of Audrey Hale, 28, inside The Covenant School during the shooting

A photo of Audrey Hale, 28, inside The Covenant School during the shooting

Erlick tweeted: ‘As we learn more, It’s clear the Nashville Covenant School is a right-wing institution in which Audrey Hale and many others were abused.

‘Obviously, this isn’t an excuse to attack it. But there are problems with deregulating religious schools + the US’s lack of mental healthcare.’

Erlick followed the initial post with an explanation of the articles they’d based their comments on saying: ‘Istoria Ministries has a long article on how the church abused numerous students and then severely harassed a church leader for reporting them.’

‘The Church even claimed he was a potential shooter. All of this happened while Audrey Hale attended the school.’

One twitter user questioned how Erlick knew that Hale had been at the school during the alleged abuse, but did not receive a response: ‘What is the source on Hale being there at this same time?’

Another user slammed Erlick saying: ‘Sounds like you’re excusing it to me.’

‘Nashville shooting was a hate crime from a transgender against a Christian school. Media stop being a cowards and report it as you would if it was against Asians, Blacks, or any other politically popular narratives,’ said another user.

Meanwhile, another user talked to the ‘easy access to very powerful weapons.’

Hale's LinkedIn profile suggested they were now living as a man

Hale's LinkedIn profile suggested they were now living as a man

Hale’s LinkedIn profile suggested they were now living as a man

‘You are trying to get into the mind of a killer I see no point in that, the problem is the easy access to very powerful weapons,’ they wrote.

Ripley reposted Erlick’s tweet and said: ‘A lot of things need to happen in the wake of this terrible Nashville tragedy, but certainly the conservative love affair with radical unregulated religious ‘schools’ should come to an end.

‘They try destroying public schools any chance they get, but here we are.’

Hale began her attack on Monday morning, driving into the school parking lot shortly before 10am.

At around 10.13am, Hale opened fire at The Covenant School, shooting and killing Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs and William Kinney, all aged nine. 

Substitute teacher Cynthia Peak, 61, head of school Dr. Katherine Koonce, 60, and custodian Mike Hill, 61, were also killed. 

Koonce worked alongside her daughter Anna at The Covenant School, who serves as a faculty/student assistant. 

Within 14 minutes, Hale was dead, as Nashville police revealed photos of the two officers – Rex Engelbart and Michael Collazo – who shot and killed Hale.

Evelyn Dieckhaus, 9, was one of the victims shot by transgender gunman Audrey Hale, 28, after she opened fire at the private Christian school on Monday

Evelyn Dieckhaus, 9, was one of the victims shot by transgender gunman Audrey Hale, 28, after she opened fire at the private Christian school on Monday

Evelyn Dieckhaus, 9, was one of the victims shot by transgender gunman Audrey Hale, 28, after she opened fire at the private Christian school on Monday

Tributes have flooded in for a second victim, Will Kinney, (pictured)  who was shot and killed along with Hallie Scruggs, both 9, in the massacre

Tributes have flooded in for a second victim, Will Kinney, (pictured)  who was shot and killed along with Hallie Scruggs, both 9, in the massacre

Tributes have flooded in for a second victim, Will Kinney, (pictured)  who was shot and killed along with Hallie Scruggs, both 9, in the massacre

Katherine Koonce, head of school, was among those shot dead by Hale

Katherine Koonce, head of school, was among those shot dead by Hale

Mike Hill, a custodian at the school, was also killed

Mike Hill, a custodian at the school, was also killed

Katherine Koonce, head of school (left), and Mike Hill, a custodian (right) were among those shot dead by Audrey Hale

Hallie Scruggs is seen with her father Chad Scruggs, the pastor at the Presbyterian church affiliated with the school

Hallie Scruggs is seen with her father Chad Scruggs, the pastor at the Presbyterian church affiliated with the school

Hallie Scruggs is seen with her father Chad Scruggs, the pastor at the presbyterian church affiliated with the school

Substitute teacher Cynthia Peak, 61, known as Cindy (right) is shown with her daughter Ellie. Peak was one of six people shot and killed on Monday in Nashville

Substitute teacher Cynthia Peak, 61, known as Cindy (right) is shown with her daughter Ellie. Peak was one of six people shot and killed on Monday in Nashville

Substitute teacher Cynthia Peak, 61, known as Cindy (right) is shown with her daughter Ellie. Peak was one of six people shot and killed on Monday in Nashville

In a statement issued late Monday night, a spokesperson for the school said: ‘Our community is heartbroken. 

‘We are grieving tremendous loss and are in shock coming out of the terror that shattered our school and church. 

‘We are focused on loving our students, our families, our faculty and staff and beginning the process of healing.’

Norma Hale spoke to ABC News shortly after her daughter was named as the shooter.

She said: ‘It’s very, very difficult right now. I think I lost my daughter today.’ Norma then requested privacy as her family struggles to cope with the magnitude of her late daughter’s actions.

Norma’s own posts decrying school shootings and calling for increased gun control have emerged in the wake of Hale’s massacre at the school she once attended.

On February 21, 2018, Norma posted a petition to make large-capacity gun magazines illegal to her page as a response to the horrors at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

And on March 8, 2018, she posted a petition to keep guns out of schools with the caption: ‘So important!’

This is the moment the doors to the school shattered as Audrey Hale blasted through them with one of the three guns she brought to kill six people

This is the moment the doors to the school shattered as Audrey Hale blasted through them with one of the three guns she brought to kill six people

This is the moment the doors to the school shattered as Audrey Hale blasted through them with one of the three guns she brought to kill six people

Hale was filmed stalking through a tiled area shortly after entering the school. She was shot dead 14 minutes after she broke into the school by two cops, after firing at them from an adjoining church

Hale was filmed stalking through a tiled area shortly after entering the school. She was shot dead 14 minutes after she broke into the school by two cops, after firing at them from an adjoining church

Hale was filmed stalking through a tiled area shortly after entering the school. She was shot dead 14 minutes after she broke into the school by two cops, after firing at them from an adjoining church

A 9 millimeter pistol was also being carried by the shooter during the Monday murders

A 9 millimeter pistol was also being carried by the shooter during the Monday murders

A 9 millimeter pistol was also being carried by the shooter during the Monday murders

Nashville police have released photos of the three weapons used in the shooting, which included two assault-type rifles

Nashville police have released photos of the three weapons used in the shooting, which included two assault-type rifles

Nashville police have released photos of the three weapons used in the shooting, which included two assault-type rifles

The second of two rifles used in the shooting has been pictured by Nashville Police

The second of two rifles used in the shooting has been pictured by Nashville Police

The second of two rifles used in the shooting has been pictured by Nashville Police

A high school friend of the Hale’s was shocked to learn the outgoing girl she ran track with was behind the massacre. 

The friend, who requested to remain anonymous, described Hale to DailyMail.com as ‘sweet and funny’.

The friend recalled her faint memories with Hale at the Nashville School of the Arts from around 2011 to 2014. 

‘What she did was unforgivable but when I knew her she was a sweet and funny girl,’ the friend told DailyMail.com. 

‘When she came out as trans (female to male) no one was surprised.

‘She really didn’t fit the school shooter archetype. 

‘I don’t know what would have happened to turn her into this person we see on the news. 

‘Everyone in my graduating class is losing it on Facebook. 

‘Really no one would have seen this coming.’

Police confirmed on Tuesday that she Hale had previously attended the school in Nashville, Tennessee, but her motive for the shooting remains unclear.

Police Chief John Drake said Hale had been suffering from an ’emotional disorder’ and was being treated by a doctor at the time of the shooting.

Hale was a student at the Nashville Nossi College of Art & Design and graduated in 2022. Police say they found a manifesto of cartoon-like drawings detailing the massacre plans

Hale was a student at the Nashville Nossi College of Art & Design and graduated in 2022. Police say they found a manifesto of cartoon-like drawings detailing the massacre plans

Hale was a student at the Nashville Nossi College of Art & Design and graduated in 2022. Police say they found a manifesto of cartoon-like drawings detailing the massacre plans

Hale and her family were described as 'very nice' and 'very religious.' She's pictured here with Audrey and her brother Scott

Hale and her family were described as 'very nice' and 'very religious.' She's pictured here with Audrey and her brother Scott

Hale and her family were described as ‘very nice’ and ‘very religious.’ She’s pictured here with Audrey and her brother Scott

Night falls on Brightwood Avenue in Nashville, where the Hale family lives

Night falls on Brightwood Avenue in Nashville, where the Hale family lives

Night falls on Brightwood Avenue in Nashville, where the Hale family lives

She also had purchased seven of her guns legally, but officers were unaware of the other multiple firearms that she had ‘hidden’ in her home.

Chief Drake added: ‘Law enforcement knew nothing about the treatment, and it is apparent that she should not own weapons”’.

Authorities also confirmed that Hale’s mother, Norma, had asked her what was in a red backpack she was carrying on the morning of the murders – but she dismissed her question. 

Drake added that Hale’s massacre manifesto revealed her penchant for the arts as she drew deranged images detailing her plan.

‘So we have a manifesto – we have a booklet that shows exactly what she had planned to do. We have maps that showed the entry point into the school, the weapons that she was going to use, the clothing that she was going to wear. She had drawn it up almost like a cartoon character,’ he said. 

Law enforcement believe that her parents were unaware of her plans to target the school, and her weapons.

Source: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk

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