Buckingham This Week!: According to one irate parent, the elementary school gunman has gotten off easy!

I am a parent of one of the students in the class that was threatened by crazy Dagenais and yes, the children’s lives were in danger.  He showed his gun to the teacher and children in this class.

When the police “took down” Dagenais, they removed his gun, knife, and bullets in his pockets as well as drugs or bag “bag of salt” as the children have said.  He shocked some of these students and does not deserve to be free.

As for me, he should remain incarcerated for many years. He may not have inflicted physical damage on the children or the teacher but psychologically, my son is marked as is the teacher.  In fact, his teacher has been on sick leave since that horrible day.

My son has nightmares, is afraid to get up at night to go to the bathroom, can not remain alone in a room, and looks for a long period of time at each person who goes near him as he is fearful.   He and his friend were so scared they wanted to jump out the window.

As for Dagenais’ counsel, you believe what you believe and do not disclose the real facts. The only people that know for real what happened in the classroom are those who were present.  Despite his stupid reasons, and personal problems Dagenais should not have involve innocent children as a result of his personal misery.  It is not mentally stable to have done this. My son remains traumatized and will likely be so for a long time yet Dagenais has a way out (referring to the 7 charges that were subsequently dropped)?  Ha!  It’s really stupid how the laws seem to be focused more on protecting criminals instead of the victims.  I hope that as a prisoner in jail, Dagenais learns a lesson.  I am a parent of a victim of this class and I am frustrated and disappointed.

Parent of one of the young  St. Laurent Elementary School students held captive by gunman Roc Dagenais

The Friday premier of the new Buckingham This Week! show on the PI Window Channel on Blog Talk Radio will likely be one for the books for many reasons.

To start, we have the compelling story of a 25 year old man by the name of Roc Dagenais who upon gaining access to the St. Laurent Elementary School in Buckingham, Quebec under the guise of wanting to enroll his child at the institution, pulled out a sawed off shot gun and demanded to be taken to a classroom of students.

While the time between when the police first received a call at 2:13 PM EST that there was trouble at the school, and Dagenais’ eventual arrest at 2:31 PM was relatively short, the impact of his actions continue to reverberate throughout this community of 12,000 just outside of the Canadian Capital of Ottawa.  Not surprising, and as illustrated by the above referenced comment we received from one student’s parent, the trauma of being held at gun point and the subsequent upset is not likely to dissipate anytime soon for the children, faculty and families affected by the disturbed gunman’s actions.

Having lived for many years in a large urban center of millions, I had always believed that small towns whether they be here in Canada or in the United States, offered a degree of safety that was at times elusive in the cramped neighborhoods of a major metropolis.  But is this the case?  Are we, and in particular our children, safer in our nation’s rural environs?

A more pressing question beyond one of overall safety is why this happened, including how the mental state of Dagenais played a role in his taking up arms to terrorize young children in the first place, is whether or not luck more than preparation influenced the outcome.  After all, Dagenais did gain access to the facility and had he been so inclined could have caused a great deal of harm beyond the mental anguish with which the children and their families are now dealing.

Joining me on Friday, September 2nd at 10:00 PM EST is renown criminal profiler Pat Brown of Nancy Grace and Dr. Drew fame, as well as former Police Chief turned author and television commentator (Fox, MSNBC) Dr. Richard Weinblatt, to shed some much needed light on a troubling incident, and in the process answer the pressing questions that continue to be raised by a concerned community.

Also joining us will be Stu Auty, President of the Canadian Safe Schools Network, who will bring a uniquely Canadian view to the discussion, and the mandate of his organization to make our schools safer.

Guest Profile:

Over the next several days leading up to Friday’s broadcast, we will be featuring each guest.

Today, I would like to introduce you to criminal profiler Pat Brown, who’s new book The Profiler: My Life Hunting Serial Killers and Psychopaths, has gained international acclaim as a must read for those involved in law enforcement as well as anyone who is interested in getting into the minds of some of the most monstrous criminals to ever terrorize society.

Remember to visit Pat’s True Profiler Blog to listen to Pat’s Gallery of Killers radio interviews.

About Pat:

In 1990, a young woman was strangled on a jogging path near my home. I suspected the young man who was renting a room in my house, and quickly uncovered strong evidence that pointed to him–but the police dismissed my suspicions as merely those of a housewife with an overactive imagination. It would be six years before my former boarder would be brought in for questioning, but the night I took action to solve the murder was the beginning of my life’s work as a PROFILER.

Pat Brown is now one of the nation’s few female criminal profilers–a sleuth who assists police departments and victims’ families by analyzing both physical and behavioral evidence to make the most scientific determination possible about who committed a crime. Brown has analyzed many dozens of seemingly hopeless cases and brought new investigative avenues to light.

In my latest book The Profiler, I open my case files to take you behind the scenes of bizarre sex crimes, domestic murders, and mysterious deaths, going face-to-face with killers, rapists, and brutalized victims. It’s a rare, up-close, first-person look at the real world of police and profilers as they investigate crimes–the good and bad, the cover-ups and the successes.

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“Pat Brown takes us into the very minds of cold-blooded killers. Most people can’t comprehend the `why’ behind murder. Pat, utilizing her background as one of the country’s leading criminal profilers, coaches the reader as to how a killer thinks, reacts, and kills! Incredible!”

–Nancy Grace, host of Nancy Grace on HLN and bestselling author of The Eleventh Victim

“I’ve been in law enforcement for almost 18 years now, and after reading The Profiler, I realize how little I understood the mind of the criminal. Pat Brown exposes the methods and the means, the hows and the whys, and exactly what it is that makes a criminal tick–fascinating!”

–Stacy Dittrich, author of Murder Behind the Badge: True Stories of Cops Who Kill and veteran police officer and law enforcement media consultant

“Anyone who has ever had a passion burning inside them to make a difference should read this book. Pat takes her life experience and brings it to the forefront to make a difference in the lives of crime victims and their families. Her insight into these cases takes profiling of criminals to a whole new level. From her work and wisdom comes the hope we all need to end the viciousness of killers who prey on the innocent.

“In her new book, Pat Brown takes the reader along with her as she works to solve grisly crimes that have baffled others. In her relentless pursuit to illuminate what seem to be hopeless cases, she shows just how deep an investigator must dig and all the details that must be absorbed and interpreted.”

–Stanton E. Samenow, Ph.D., author of Inside the Criminal Mind

“In The Profiler, Pat Brown finally explains the sometimes spooky world of criminal profiling in a way that even an old-school, ex-flatfoot cop like me can understand. This book is a great insight into the mind of a serial killer hunter.”

–Chuck Hustmyre, retired ATF agent and author of the true crime books Killer with a Badge and An Act of Kindness

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One Response to “Buckingham This Week!: According to one irate parent, the elementary school gunman has gotten off easy!”
  1. Bob says:

    “One Irate Parent” is understandably upset, but is seeing this from a personal point of view. The prosecutor has to see it from another.

    Levying charges at time of arrest is what police fo. Prosecutors have to be able to prove them. Some get dropped along the way, some may get added. Why were 7 dropped in this case? I don’t know, but “One Irate Parent” may have inadvertently discovered why – in OIP’s own words:


    That is what is known as a defense. If the prosecutor wasn’t able to counter that, charges coukd have been dropped.

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