Umpqua Killer Chris Harper-Mercer Attended School for Teens with ‘Emotional Disabilities’

Chris Harper Mercer saw the limelight given to Obama-supporter Vester Flanagan after he shot two reporters live on TV.

Harper Mercer, who is of mixed race, glorified the IRA and Nazis.

** It’s not clear at this point if Harper-Mercer qualified to own firearms.


Chris Harper- Mercer attended a school for teens with emotional disabilities.
Harper Mercer graduated in 2009 with four other students.
The Daily Breeze reported:

Chris Harper Mercer, the man accused of opening fire at a rural Oregon community college Thursday, formerly lived in the South Bay and attended a school for teens with emotional disabilities.

Records show Harper-Mercer, 26, lived in a ground-floor apartment on Arlington Avenue at 230th Street in Torrance with his mother, Laurel Harper, from 2011 to 2013. The owner of the building said he did not know them and neighbors did not recall them.

But current residents, greeted by reporters knocking at their doors late Thursday, were shocked to learn that the man suspected of committing the nation’s latest mass shooting had lived in their building.

“It’s extremely surreal,” said resident Shannon Medrano. “I don’t remember him. If I could see a picture of his mom, maybe it could jog some memory. I wonder what his experience was like here. This is not a big building. I’m sure we crossed paths at some point.”

Lists of South Bay graduates from 2009 published in the Daily Breeze showed Harper Mercer graduated from the Switzer Learning Center in Torrance with four other students. Switzer teaches students with learning disabilities and emotional issues.

A former behavioral aide at Switzer, who did not want her name used, said the majority of the students at the school are from foster, low-income and single-parent homes. Some of these students were expelled from other schools or had been in trouble with the law.

The school is divided among special needs students and those with behavioral problems.

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