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School plotter just one more victim
By Howie Carr | Wednesday, November 14, 2007 | http://www.bostonherald.com
Ten months for plotting a Columbine-style massacre at Marshfield High?
The judge really threw the book at Toby Kerns - a comic book.
But hey, Kerns, the potential mass murderer - hes been turning his life around, as at least two newspaper stories have put it. Hes the victim here, Toby is, and never you mind about those convictions for conspiracy to commit murder and threatening to use deadly weapons.
Didnt you read in the Globe yesterday, Toby has become an avid Christian? Stop me if youve heard this one before.
Of course, back in 2004, the avid Christian and several other local losers were planning another Columbine, at Marshfield High.
Their club was called NBK - Natural Born Killers. Kerns had a hit list of students and teachers Theyd tested out a bomb in the woods, they were going to padlock the doors and start shooting.
That 10 months Kerns gets in stir really only works out to five, because hes already been in custody for five. Not too shabby, especially considering that the judge said he didnt find his testimony credible.
But then, Toby Kerns is the prohibitive front-runner to be named Victim of the Year in Massachusetts. Kerns is a regular Alibi Ike. If they gave the Heisman Trophy for not taking responsibility for ones actions, hed already be on his way to New York.
Here are some of his excuses, rationales and alibis that have appeared in the papers, some as recently as yesterday. Keep a box of Kleenex handy as you read over how this youth was railroaded:
He was framed by the other lads in the NBK - over a girlfriend.
The other boys in NBK ratted him out before he could rat them out - not fair!
He suffered psychological abuse when he was younger, causing post-traumatic stress, and had to go to a hospital.
He was scared of prison.
He loves animals, even volunteered at an animal shelter.
His brother has Down syndrome.
His mother is estranged.
He missed the senior prom.
That swastika at Tobys house? His co-conspirator put that up, not him.
He was a kid who had been picked on. (His lawyer came up with that.)
Hes lost 40 pounds in the slammer. (Remind me, if Im ever up for sentencing, to do what Toby did yesterday - wear a shirt with a collar two sizes too big for me. Do you suppose that drove home the weight-loss mention in the newspaper story to the judge?)
Back to all the reasons the judge was given over the past few months in the media not to give Toby a good long sentence:
Hows he going to keep up with his car payments?
Hes a role model for his fellow teen jailbirds at the Plymouth County House of Correction.
All of his friends are in college.
Tobys family has great financial stress, their home is in foreclosure and his dads fashion business went downhill after all the bad publicity.
I could go on, but you get the picture, and ask yourself the question, would this punk really have gone to his grandfathers funeral if he werent in the slammer?
OK, sure, Toby has had a few problems along the way. There were the two B&Es - at a package store and a summer house. Then there was the vandalism at an elementary school.
And of course, there was that Satan tattoo - but its gone now too.
Hes got a cross, and if you dont buy the born-again Christian rap, well, he told the Globe hes been reading the Koran too, and if that doesnt float your boat either, how about the Torah?
Isnt it wonderful, living in the banana republic of Massachusetts? Another day, another early Christmas present for another con.
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