The student who opened fire in a French high school in southern France on Thursday, wounding three people including his headmaster, is a Satanist and metal head who watched videos of mass killing videos on the Internet.
Kylian Barbey, 16, opened fire at the Alexis de Tocqueville college in the small town of Grasse armed with a hunting rifle and “training” grenades. The teen was arrested by police shortly thereafter.
Hours before the shooting, Kylian, who has been described as a “lonely Satanist” obsessed with mass shootings and heavy metal, is believed to have compiled a Columbine massacre-inspired playlist on his phone.
With 13 people murdered and more than 20 people injured, the Columbine High School massacre was one of the worst high school shooting in U.S. history and prompted a national debate about what motivated the two teen killing to go on this shooting rampage.
In the case of Kylian, his motivations could be linked to “bad relationships” with other students, according to Grasse’s prosecutor.
In November 2016, Barbey posted a video on his Facebook page in which he is wearing a “creepy clown” mask on and holding a hand gun.
The video shows him pointing the unloaded gun at the camera before pointing it at his temple while pulling the trigger.
The rest of his Facebook page is adorned with various Satanist memes and pictures of sacrificial rituals.
The teen’s father, Frank Barbey is a elected member of the far-right Rally for France party, which stands against globalization, immigration and European membership. The fringe party traditionally allies itself with Marine Le Pen’s National Front.
After his son’s attack on the school, Frank Barbey tweeted: “Heartfelt support for the director, the teachers, the staff, the pupils, and the parents of pupils.”
The French Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem described the incident as an “act of madness” carried out by someone obsessed with violence and firearms.
The attack came shortly after a letter bomb exploded at the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund in Paris.