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Father of school shooter talks about son's difficult life (GOP's fault!)
Greeley Tribune ^ | February 24, 2010 | Mike Peters

Posted on 02/24/2010 10:01:17 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum

HUDSON — Bruco War Eagle Eastwood has difficulty talking about what his son did at the school Tuesday. “I'm half-hearted right now,” he said. “Broken hearted. I can't apologize enough for what my son did.”

Eastwood is the father of Bruco Strong Eagle Eastwood, the accused shooter at Deer Creek Middle School Tuesday afternoon, that wounded two students. He was taken down by a teacher at the school and held for law officers.

The father, War Eagle Eastwood, owns the War Eagle Ranch near Hudson in south Weld County, where they train and raise horses for sale.

“He's worked here for about five years,' the father said Wednesday. “He grew up in the Littleton area, but came to work out here when he was also going to Aims (Community College) in Fort Lupton.” The son told others he was a horse trainer on his father's ranch.

The father said his son was trying to get his G.E.D. high school equivalency, but was not able to complete it due to his mental health problems. “He's been bothered with mental problems for a long time,” the father said. “He tried to get medical help for them, but he couldn't afford to pay for the care.”

Strong Eagle Eastwood said he knows his son had problems that would make him angry, but he never thought he would harm anyone. The son apparently drove from the ranch to the school Tuesday.

Reports state he talked to students and teachers at the school before returning later with the hunting rifle.

The son has been arrested before, according to state records. Strong Eagle Eastwood has an arrest record in Colorado dating back to 1996 for menacing, assault, domestic violence and driving under the influence of alcohol, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

He also was booked into the Weld County Jail in 2008 on a charge of failure to appear in court for a traffic offense — no proof of insurance. Police haven't released a photo because they are still investigating and hoping to use Strong Eagle Eastwood's photo for witness identification

A Denver television station reported Strong Eagle Eastwood attended Deer Creek Middle School in the 1990s.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: deercreek; littleton; schoolshooting

“He's been bothered with mental problems for a long time,” the father said. “He tried to get medical help for them, but he couldn't afford to pay for the care.”

GOP's fault!

1 posted on 02/24/2010 10:01:17 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

he really was a left winger...


2 posted on 02/24/2010 10:05:36 AM PST by dalebert
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

So once again, the perpetrator is the victim! A perfect case of situation ethics taught by American Feducation!


3 posted on 02/24/2010 10:06:26 AM PST by Paperdoll ( On the cutting edge)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Sounds like Bruco “War Eagle” Eastwood is an Auburn fan. I am not surprised that he would have a son that did this. :)


4 posted on 02/24/2010 10:06:46 AM PST by Codeflier (Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama - 4 democrat presidents in a row and counting...)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

They are calling him a “suspect” (who was tackled) and still waiting for witness “identification”.

The law is a ass.

Lee Harvey Oswald was a shooting SUSPECT (and chief suspect in the crime, subsequently investigated).

Jack Ruby was an observed (and captured at scene) perp (gun in hand).

Every time the lamestream media calls these shooters a “suspect” who was tackled (or shot) at the scene, I just HOPE that they shot the RIGHT guy.


5 posted on 02/24/2010 10:08:32 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Strong Eagle Eastwood has an arrest record in Colorado dating back to 1996 for menacing, assault, domestic violence and driving under the influence of alcohol,

Well, we can blame Democrats for the fact that he wasn't locked up longer.

6 posted on 02/24/2010 10:10:16 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Paperdoll

If someone is measurably mentally sick (and determined to be CRIMINALLY ill), that person should not be out unescorted if (s)he is going to be able to plead “not guilty by reason of insanity”. If you aren’t accountable for your actions, then you are not at liberty to travel wherever you’d like with a firearm in your posession. House arrest until your legal guardian is willing to escort you somewhere.


7 posted on 02/24/2010 10:10:43 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Strong Eagle Eastwood has an arrest record in Colorado dating back to 1996 for menacing, assault, domestic violence and driving under the influence of alcohol, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

"Unexpected".


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

8 posted on 02/24/2010 10:12:22 AM PST by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: dead

White man say.....War Eagle need Legal Eagle!


9 posted on 02/24/2010 10:13:23 AM PST by outhousepatrol
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I heard this guy on the local (Denver) radio this morning. When asked if he could confirm that his son went to Deer Creek, he answered that he didn’t know - that he didn’t know where he went to school then - thought it was somewhere further south, but not sure. He said he is not the person he knew “way back”.

So he wasn’t involved in his son’s life then. Also, if the son had some serious mental illness problems and has been living with the dad for several years, why didn’t the dad intervene? If someone is hearing voices, they need someone who is not mentally ill to step in and help, not let them wander around looking for help by themselves. And, if you know your child is mentally ill, you don’t leave a rifle lying around - you lock it up, best somewhere where son has no idea where it might be.


10 posted on 02/24/2010 10:15:06 AM PST by keepitreal ( Don't tread on me.)
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To: outhousepatrol

...and to lock up his thunderstick .


11 posted on 02/24/2010 10:15:47 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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Why couldn’t his father help him get treatment?

I know if I needed help that I couldn’t afford— my family would get it for me... somehow, someway.

I would do the same for my kid.

This family seems to be coppin’ out, if ya ask me.

I don’t blame the family but I don’t feel much pity, either.


12 posted on 02/24/2010 10:16:09 AM PST by Irenic
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

So if his father owns a rach why didn’t he help? IMHO parents often choose not to see how dangerous their kids are and don’t like to find blame elsewhere for what their kids do rather than admit they knew something was badly wrong.


13 posted on 02/24/2010 10:19:00 AM PST by chris_bdba
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To: chris_bdba

OOOPPPSS that should be ranch, “and like to find blame elsewhere”


14 posted on 02/24/2010 10:20:14 AM PST by chris_bdba
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To: Codeflier
Sounds like Bruco “War Eagle” Eastwood is an Auburn fan. I am not surprised that he would have a son that did this. :)

You might be a Bammer if you say stupid stuff like that.

Do you believe Auburn people go around shooting people? Auburn has nothing to do with this. With names like War Eagle and Strong Eagle, sounds more like Indians Gone Wild In Colorado to me.

15 posted on 02/24/2010 10:25:06 AM PST by auboy (Men who cannot deceive others are very often successful at deceiving themselves. Samuel Johnson)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

At least with that name, we know he wasn’t an illegal alien.


16 posted on 02/24/2010 10:26:29 AM PST by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different)
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To: a fool in paradise

You have no arguement with me on that.


17 posted on 02/24/2010 10:27:25 AM PST by Paperdoll ( On the cutting edge)
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To: chris_bdba

Coffee time?


18 posted on 02/24/2010 10:29:01 AM PST by SoldierDad (Proud Papa of two new Army Brats! Congrats to my Soldier son and his wife.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
The father, War Eagle Eastwood, owns the War Eagle Ranch near Hudson in south Weld County, where they train and raise horses for sale. “He's worked here for about five years,' the father said Wednesday...“He's been bothered with mental problems for a long time,” the father said. “He tried to get medical help for them, but he couldn't afford to pay for the care.” .”

Geez, shame his employer didn't provide health benefits.

Failing that, it would have helped if was related to some wealthy ranch owner who could help him out with the doctor bills.

Obviously, society failed him.

19 posted on 02/24/2010 10:30:19 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Irenic
Many are the problems that are cast aside when the subject is dealing with mental illness. Relatives cannot force someone to seek treatment against their will, and the law is reluctant to deal with them either. Years ago, State run institutions were shuttered and patients literally put on the street for cost containment.
20 posted on 02/24/2010 10:35:08 AM PST by bitterohiogunclinger (America held hostage - day 393)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

The names were so rediculous, the reported couldn’t keep them straight, at one point calling the father “Strong Eagle”, instead of “War Eagle”.


21 posted on 02/24/2010 10:36:21 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Paperdoll

I keep hearing how killers like the Virginia Tech killer were “functional”. Not really. They eventually malfunctioned. And the repeated violent and threatening run ins with the law are there.

They don’t have to sit in a prison somewhere but there is no reason they should be roaming around unmonitored.


22 posted on 02/24/2010 10:40:36 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

There used to be mental institutions where people could get free mental health care, they were called State Mental Institutions. Liberals decided they were cruel and shut them all down and now people with mental problems are out on the streets killing others and somethimes themselves.


23 posted on 02/24/2010 10:43:38 AM PST by McGavin999
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To: auboy

I was only joking. Didn’t you see my smiley face? These are obviously Native American names.


24 posted on 02/24/2010 11:44:43 AM PST by Codeflier (Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama - 4 democrat presidents in a row and counting...)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
The father said his son was trying to get his G.E.D. high school equivalency, but was not able to complete it due to his mental health problems. “He's been bothered with mental problems for a long time,” the father said. “He tried to get medical help for them, but he couldn't afford to pay for the care.”

A guy with "mental health problems" has access to a rifle and takes it to a school with the intent to shoot at students. Sounds like he wasn't appropriately free on his own recognizance. Hopefully he remains locked away from civil society on a permanent basis.

25 posted on 02/24/2010 12:12:01 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: bitterohiogunclinger
Years ago, State run institutions were shuttered and patients literally put on the street for cost containment.

Actually, the ACLU sued claiming their civil rights were being violated by being locked up in state run mental facilities. The states were more than happy to be rid of that expense. Thus was born a huge and continuing body of mentally ill homeless on our streets.

26 posted on 02/24/2010 12:14:39 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
The story here is that after two students were shot a math teacher was able to tackle the guy between shots of the bolt action rifle.

Benke's quick action and bravery are credited with saving countless lives.


27 posted on 02/24/2010 1:39:08 PM PST by caveat emptor
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