According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, the gunman who killed 10 and injured 13 others at Santa Fe High School shot a classmate -- Shana Fisher -- who turned down his romantic advances.
Shana Fisher "had 4 months of problems from this boy," her mother, Sadie Rodriguez, wrote in a private message to the Los Angeles Times on Facebook. "He kept making advances on her and she repeatedly told him no." https://t.co/clHL0gO6zP— Matt Pearce 🦅 (@mattdpearce) May 20, 2018
The victim's mother, Sadie Rodriguez, alleges that her daughter was the first one killed in the attack. [LA Times reporter Matt Pierce has since stated via Tweet that he's waiting for others to corroborate Rodriguez's statements, both on the incident and her daughter's prior behavior.]
The young woman who rejected the Santa Fe shooter’s advances was among the first to be shot in his attack.— Women's March (@womensmarch) May 20, 2018
This is why toxic masculinity and misogyny can not be ignored when we talk about gun violence prevention. https://t.co/LOISMlxOZg
The story has evoked passionate responses from those who suggest that toxic masculinity and the inability to accept rejection is why women have difficulty turning people down, even when they're uncomfortable.
the Santa Fe school shooter was turned down by a girl NUMEROUS TIMES and, a week later, opened fire at his school, killing her among others, and you wanna tell me it’s “easy” for women to “just say no?”— gina (@ginammancuso) May 21, 2018
My teenage nephew told me he asked a girl out and she turned him down. I said, "You know what to do now, right?" He said, "I know I know keep trying" and I said "NO. LEAVE HER ALONE. She gave you an answer." He was shocked. NO ONE had told him that before. TEACH. YOUR. BOYS. https://t.co/yrxjNRnfk5— 🌹 Witch, Hunting 💀 (@adigoesswimming) May 20, 2018
Male entitlement is a REAL THING!!! A girl was shot and killed at Santa Fe High School because she turned down the alleged shooter who harassed her for MONTHS!!! We are allowed to say no. #NotOneMore— Rea💕🌼 (@reagancaseyyyy) May 22, 2018
It's so incredibly sad that Shana Fisher, a victim of the Texas school shooting, had to die for rejecting the shooter. She was actively harrassed by him as well. Women shouldn't have to live in fear of being killed for rejecting men; it's just so heartbreaking to me 💔— Amber🍒 (@phrynez) May 22, 2018
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Texas school shooter 'killed girl who rejected him in front of class'. This is why women are uncomfortable with unwanted male attention like wolf whistling and not taking a polite no for an answer. We never know how violent the man is. https://t.co/moZan1h5Zp— TararaBoom (@TsingletonBoom) May 20, 2018
This is Shana Fisher. She was in art class. Her family, like many others, desperately tried to find her after the news. Thoughts and prayers won’t fill her spot at the dinner table. pic.twitter.com/gUMgoH6XCJ— KC Votes (@krayoncolorz) May 19, 2018