Pima Community College School - Genocide/Scam - Free Education - Broken United States Constitution (found Jared Lee Loughner video; 2010)
Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona where the video was filmed.
Date found: 14 Jan 2011
Found by: Los Angeles Times, Pima Community College
On January 8th, 2011, Jared Lee Loughner (in an attempt to murder Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords) killed 6 people and injured 14 more in the Tucson shooting, going down as one of the most infamous events in Arizona's and the United States' recent history.
Before the shooting, Loughner (who colleagues and friends noted had once been a kind and reserved person until his first breakup in 2006 and subsequent heavy drug and alcohol use shortly after) was a prolific user and visitor of several websites, of which helped to shape his extremist and conspiratorial anti-government politics. Among these was YouTube, of which he had multiple accounts on, using them to promote and disseminate his views to a wider audience. Two of these accounts (Starhitshnaz and Classitup10) are still up to this day, and their content has been used by those examining the case of Loughner and the Tucson shooting in the years since.
However, these were not his first accounts. In mid-2010, he started an account called 2Ploy, which he used to upload a video later that year to attack Pima Community College (an education establishment for high-school dropouts like Jared), and of which he had also caused controversy at, mainly by behaving erratically and often clashing with authorities there, to the point whereby one of his professors noted that he was 'obviously very disturbed'. The video, titled 'Pima Community College School - Genocide/Scam - Free Education - Broken United States Constitution' was uploaded to YouTube on September 23rd, 2010, and consisted of Jared roaming around the college, calling it 'the biggest scam in America', 'genocide' and 'illegal' under the U.S. Constitution, all the while yelling at professors and rambling about society in general.
After college authorities reviewed the video on September 29th, they managed to get it removed from YouTube, thereby making it lost media at that time. He was also suspended because of the video, with his parents being told that he could return provided that he took psychiatric help, of which Jared rejected, leaving him to drop out (this came as good news to some at Pima, who were worried he would have committed a shooting while there if he'd stayed). He used his time to later create more content under his new channels.
On January 8th, 2011, he carried out the Tucson shooting during a political meet-and-greet as an attempt to murder Representative Gabbie Giffords, due to bearing a long-standing grudge against her and her being a symbol of his anti-government views. In the events that unfolded, he murdered 6 people including:
- John Roll, a US District Court for Arizona judge, 63.
- Dorwin Stoddard, a church volunteer killed while trying to protect his wife Mavy, 76.
- Christina Taylor Green, a student councillor at Mesa Verde Elementary School and the youngest victim, 9.
- Gabe Zimmerman, Giffords' community outreach director, 30.
- Dorothy Morris, who was also killed trying to protect others, 76.
- Phyllis Schneck, a church volunteer, 79.
15 others were injured, including Jared and Giffords, the latter of whom despite being shot in the head and remaining in critical condition for a short while afterwards, survived and recovered, returning to Congress in August 2011 to a standing ovation. She retired the next year and is now a prominent gun control activist.
Following the release of more information about Jared, his YouTube videos and channels received much attention. His first was later found after the Los Angeles Times used a public records request to Pima Community College to release it. Loughner for his crimes was given a sentence of seven life terms with 140 years without parole in November 2012. Unlike other killer YouTubers, Loughner's channels videos remain live to this day.