Was Lawson Boling Planning a School Shooting?

That’s the implication but so far the story sounds less than solid. Lawson Boling is reported to have been living out of his car while attending classes at the Brasier Campus of Greenville Tech, and it is legal to have guns on your property. Police also admit that the guns were “buried” under piles of clothing in the trunk. There”s no mention of ammo caches or Boling carrying the guns.  That doesn’t sound like he was planning a massacre.

WSPA says it was Boling’s mother that called the campus to warn them. If it’s true that Boling was living out of his car (and thus on the outs with his mother) it sounds more like a spiteful false report than a thwarted school massacre.

But of course that’s if Boling is being truthful about living in his car. He might not be, or he may have been put out of his family home for good reason. However if I lived in my car there would be a few guns in it, and I’d expect that as long as they stayed locked up in the trunk I would be breaking no laws as it is legal to transport firearms in one’s vehicle and keep them in your residence in South Carolina.

We don’t have all the facts on this, partly because managing editors of news operations like WYFF are busier slapping C&D letters on bloggers than ensuring reporters follow up on stories that don’t pass the smell test. This seems like either way it’s a story worth more than a few paragraphs on a website, but I guess WYFF.com managing editor Carla Field has bigger fish to fry then making sure a person really did attempt to kill a bunch of people before announcing the supposed incident, sans context, on the guy’s 24th birthday. Just throwing it out there, if you were an angry weirdo who wanted to get back at someone you knew had a gun or two in their trunk, when would the best time to do it be?

Maybe on his birthday, which he’s not spending with his dear old mother? Doesn’t this story seem odd to anyone?

But I’ll leave it to the audience until more information comes to light. I’m thinking this seems fishy, but we’ll see when he’s arraigned.


5 Responses to “Was Lawson Boling Planning a School Shooting?”

  1. T on April 23rd, 2010 9:10 am

    you have no idea what you are talking about. you should keep your mouth shut about things you know nothing about. how dare you throw this family under the bus. you don’t know them and you don’t know him. I will never believe anything off of this site again because I know now that you report based strictly on blind opinion. what an ignorant way to tell people what’s going on in their community. you really should be ashamed.

  2. Rob Taylor on April 23rd, 2010 2:14 pm

    That’s asinine. If he was planning to kill people his family would have been partially at fault for raising an animal, but the fact is we have no evidence that he was, only that his mother told cops “he was upset” and that they should intercept him.

    If she knew he was living in his car (and thus had his guns in there) then she knew he’d get arrested.But right now it’s her word against his so … how dare YOU throw that guy under the bus?

  3. P on April 23rd, 2010 6:02 pm

    How can you assume it is the family’s fault? Have you ever heard of mental illness or emotional problems that may have nothing to do with the family? And how dare you judge the mother that had the guts to do what she thought was right – avoid a possible school shooting? And the assumption that they were on the outs since he wasn’t living with her is ridiculous – most 24 year olds don’t live with their moms.
    I guess you have so little going on in your own life that you have the time to sit back and theorize about others’, and you must be perfect to feel like you can pass judgement. What bullshit.

  4. Rob Taylor on April 23rd, 2010 6:09 pm

    Haven’t you read the more recent news where the cops admit that they don’t think he was up to anything? She didn’t prevent a school shooting because there was no shooting planned.

    And statistically these days most 24-year-olds are indeed living at home, but this guy was HOMELESS. If the mother cared so much why let him live on the streets?

    Boling may or may not be a douchebag, but he wasn’t planning a shooting and the investigators agree with me so why don’t you go claim they have nothing going on in their lives?

    By the way, anonymous trolls criticizing people who run blogs for having to much time on their hands are throwing rocks in a glass house, no?

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