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David LaDue doesn’t think his son hated anyone or that anyone hated his son. In the end, he said, he doesn’t believe his son would be capable of doing everything he fantasized about, though he acknowledges that it seems his son wanted people to believe that he could.
John LaDue had targeted April 20, the anniversary of the 1999 Columbine High School school massacre in Littleton, Colo., as the date that he planned to carry out the attack, authorities said. But that fell on Easter Sunday, postponing plans. Authorities believe he was going to act in the next few weeks.
“I believe there would have always been a reason for him to delay … until he got caught,” his father said.
Despite the threats to the family, David LaDue said he’d feel comfortable going hunting with his son again and walking in front of him as he carried a loaded gun. But he knows after everything his son wrote and said, other people see it differently. He knows his son’s fate is now in the hands of the law. “There’s a few more things that I’m aware of now, that I think are important, but I gotta …” he hesitated, stopping himself from saying too much about the case.
The only solace in everything is knowing that no one was hurt.
“I don’t know what the proper punishment is for what he’s made it look like he was going to do,” David LaDue said. “If he … actually intended to carry out the things that he says he intended to carry out, I don’t see how that’s forgivable.”
But, he added: “I can’t believe that he actually intended to do it. I really can’t. But I don’t expect anyone to believe that.”