Police look at Campbell’s Instagram posts
State Police said late Thursday they were aware of Instagram posts by Mason Campbell and are looking into whether they are relevant to Tuesday’s Berrendo Middle School shooting. On Sunday night, Campbell posted: “Tommorow will be the first Monday that will be fun for me lol never thought I’d say that.”There was no school Monday due to a water line break. On Tuesday, police say Campbell entered the school gym with a 20-gauge shotgun concealed in a duffel bag and shot 13-year-old Kendal Sanders and 12-year-old Nathaniel Tavarez.
The most pressing question has been what could have sparked the shooting, and some classmates have said Campbell was sometimes bullied by other students.State Police earlier said they are looking to social media to find out more information about Campbell’s possible motives.The Journal on Thursday became aware of Campbell’s Instagram name and was able to view his posts. When someone on the site asked him why he was looking forward to Monday, Campbell responded that he was planning to hang out with his grandmother after school.Among earlier posts on his account, Campbell appears to be on good terms with one of the victims, Nathaniel Tavarez. A couple of months ago, he posted a picture of Tavarez’s Instagram profile with the message: “Hey you guys should follow” him.Campbell also reposted an item on bullying four months ago, which showed a cartoon sequence in which a group of blob figures laugh at one blob who ends up alone. The heading says “Repost if you hate bullying.” At the bottom it says, “I bet 99 percent won’t.” Campbell’s accompanying comment was, “This makes me so mad.” He also said he hates bullying. On Aug. 11, he posted: “The devil starts tomorrow hope your ready.” Then he commented: “Yes it does.” After that comment, he refers to school as “retarded.”Campbell also posted several photos of himself, most of them showing him with headphones and one with him and a cat.A number of people – many appearing to be fellow students – have since commented on the Sunday post, either asking that people pray for and forgive Campbell, or arguing that he did not deserve such support.