I would like to apologize to those who read the description I wrote out. The more I think about it the more I think releasing this wallpaper was a mistake. I just get the feeling that they weren’t as thought out as they should have been, and I feel particularly bad about the text that went along with the story.
While there will not be an actual retracting of the wallpapers, I want you all to know that I am sorry you had to witness them. I assure you that this will not happen again.
Graduation ends in bullets, blood
The Associated Press
MILBANK, S.D. – June 12th was supposed to be one of the happiest days of their lives, but for the graduating class of 2004 in Milbank, South Dakota, it was a very different kind of day. Instead, it became, for some, the last day of their lives.
Reportedly, Miles Rausch, an alumni of the high school, had been sitting quietly in the bleachers throughout most of the ceremony. As diplomas were being handed out, he suddenly snapped and produced a semi-automatic weapon that he had hidden in his jacket. Those closest to the alleged were the first to go, said one bystander sitting opposite the gymnasium.
Said one parent, there to see her daughter graduate, “The scene was horrible. It was so loud with the screaming and the gun firing. I saw his face, his cold unmoving face. Then when the gun stopped, some of the screaming subsided and I swear I heard him singing.”
After several minutes of firing, Rausch fled the scene, leaving 57 injured and 24 dead. Police arrived on the scene minutes later but were unable to locate Rausch. Ambulances moved most of the injured to the hospital south of town where some of the most badly hurt were air-lifted to Sioux Falls, 150 miles south.
Investigatory documents and testimonies all point to Rausch as the culprit and a warrant was issued for his arrest. This is where the twist in this story lies. Police, after questioning his parents and relatives, dispatched to his home in Madison, South Dakota. It was there they discovered that Miles Rausch is paralyzed from the neck down.
In February of 2000, Rausch had recently become depressed over a breakup with a long-time girlfriend, then a freshman. He located his father’s handgun from the closet and, after taking several handfuls of pain killers, he attempted to end his life. The gun, however, slipped several inches lower than where he had planned to fire, and the bullet managed to sever his spinal cord.
Even after years of physical therapy, Rausch has only gained minimal use of his fingers in his right hand. He is wholly unable to dress himself, feed himself, or perform most functions alone. Doctors are sure that Rausch would be very unable to have done this crime both physically and mentally.
“Miles is a very kind and gentle soul. In his condition, he would need several people assisting him to do what [the witnesses] say he did. I firmly believe that he is not responsible,” said one doctor. Police are baffled as to who is actually responsible for the Milbank Massacre. Theories abound as to who did it and why. One thing seems certain, though. This was definately the worst act of violence in South Dakota history, regardless of who’s responsible.
I hate ruining the illusion that I try to create with my wallpapers, but I am moving towards not putting copyright credits directly into the picture. It’s just a pain in the ass for me, and I think it hurts the visual integrity of the work. So, that means I have to credit in the text. I would like to thank :resurgere: for his wonderful blood stock pack. Otherwise, the photos taken of the graduation were mine.
You can get the deviantART download or get it in the gallery, under “Wallpapers”.