WASHINGTON, March 13, 2018. – Dylann Roof is the murderer of nine black churchgoers at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina in June 2015. The killer’s sister, Morgan aged 18, was arrested on drugs and weapons charges yesterday, March 12. Dylann and Morgan Roof are step-siblings. Morgan Roof is being charged for bringing a knife, pepper spray and marijuana to her high school, A.C. Flora, in Columbia S.C. She also posted a racist SnapChat critical of the School WalkOut.
She is presently being held in a detention center according to Leon Lott, Richland County Sheriff.
Morgan Roof Critical of School WalkOut
A Snapchat post by Ms. Roof is critical of students planning to walkout of class to protest gun violence.
“I hope it’s a trap and y’all get shot,” she says. “We know it’s fixing to be nothing but black people walkin out anyway.”
The local Fox WACH twitter account posted the Snapchat to their Facebook feed:
— WACH FOX (@wachfox) March 15, 2018
The School WalkOut Debate
While many schools, teachers, Democrats, and liberals support the National School WalkOut, others have been critical. Fox News’ Tucker Carlson discussed the walkout on his show saying kids should be used to progress political agendas. That using the children via the school walkout is exploitive:
At Garnet Valley High School, Glen Mills, Philadelphia, Siblings Clayton and Emma Bromley opted out of the walkout. Despite the ostracization of their peers.
Speaking to the Philadelphia Magazine, Clayton explains his decision:
“What happened in Florida is terrible,” says Clayton, a 16-year-old Garnet Valley sophomore and a highly decorated Eagle Scout. “If this were about that, I would have participated, but that’s not what this is about. This was entirely political. In the original email from the school, it said this was being planned by the Women’s March, which protested Trump’s inauguration. I realized this was political and all about gun control.”
Clayton says that his peers who marched claimed that the event was nonpolitical — and that was certainly the party line being held by the national organizers — but Clayton rejects that idea.
“Just because they say it’s nonpolitical doesn’t mean it is,” he says. “What if Trump says he wanted to host a walkout in honor of all the babies aborted, the millions of them? A completely optional walkout. You wouldn’t be forced to do it. The reaction to that would be completely different than to this walkout.”
Clayton also wonders why the country is busy organizing national school walkouts over school shootings when there are so many other deadly problems facing children.
“There were 17 people killed,” he says of the Parkland shooting. “And 232 since Columbine. 232. That’s horrible. But how many hundreds of thousands of kids have died from other things like suicide and drunk driving? Why are these 17 kids more important than everyone else? And the answer is, they are only important because guns are involved. As soon as guns are involved, people take action.”
The School’s Response
High school principal Susan Child’s spoke of multiple incidents that took place Tuesday and Wednesday on campus, including the one involving Roof, in a letter to student’s parents:
“I realize that rumors and the tragic school shootings in Florida are events that can cause anxiety for our students, parents, faculty, and the community,” Childs writes. “Be assured that the safety of our students will always be our top priority. We must continue to work together to maintain a safe and positive learning environment.”
The principal also wrote:
“The posting was not a threat, but was extremely inappropriate. That student was dealt with in a swift and severe manner as the posting caused quite a disruption.”
See Something, Say Something at work
This is an incidence where “see something, say something” works. South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster says they were able to avoid “potential tragedy” thanks to the students and educators who reported “suspicious activity” to a school resource officer.
“We owe a debt of gratitude to all involved who acted so quickly and decisively,” McMaster said in a statement.
“For months, I have called on the General Assembly to join me in placing a trained, certified police officer in every school, in every county, all day, every day,” the governor adds.
Roof’s brother, Dylann, was formally sentenced to death last year for killing nine people at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina in 2015.
Morgan Roof’s bond is set at $5,000. Her charges include carrying weapons on school property. Like the Parkland shooter, a condition of her release is that she does not return to the school.
Roof Family History of Violence
The Roof family has a history of violence. Dylann and Amber are the children of Paige Mann and Franklin Bennett Roof. Morgan Roof is the child of Paige Mann and Franklin Bennett Roof.
By all reports, Mann was a loving step-parent who suffered verbal and emotional abuse from Bennett during a 10-year-marriage. According to the Daily Mail report, Mann told the publisher:
“He controlled my whereabouts, the checkbook and everything about my life,” she said, according to the Mail.
He threatened that he was “cutting off the electricity and taking my car,” she added.
“On September 20, 2008 my whole world fell apart when Benn and I got into an argument. Benn violently pushed me to the ground and hit me in the back of my head,” she said.
Known as Benn, the father is reported to have bought the gun that Roof used to slaughter the parishioners and Mother Emmanuel.
Once Mann left the family, citing Bennett Roofs abuse what stability Dylann and Amber enjoyed disappeared. Morgan, the child of Mann and Roof, left the Roof family home with her mother, moving to Columbia.
He is currently awaiting execution at the United States Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind.
Photo: Richland County Sherif’s Office