Iowa shooter Dylan Butler’s parents ‘didn’t suspect’ ‘horrific violence’

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The parents of Iowa school shooter Dylan Butler, who killed a sixth-grader and wounded several others before turning the gun on himself, said they had “no idea he intended the horrific violence” when they dropped him off at school last Thursday.

Jack and Erin Butler, whose 17-year-old son opened fire at Perry High School shortly before 8 a.m., expressed their regret for the shooting in a statement released by their attorney Monday.

The Butlers said they talked about the future with their son on the way to school that morning and that “it felt like he was ready to go back to school after Christmas break and the start of a new semester.”

“Dylan’s sister, our daughter, was at school at the time of the shooting,” the parents wrote in the statement obtained by KCCI.

“We just don’t understand how this could happen and why Dylan chose to do what he did.”

Just before classes started on the first day after winter break, Butler entered the building with a pump-action shotgun, a small caliber, and an improvised explosive device.

The troubled teenager shot and killed sixth-grader Ahmir Jolliffe and wounded four other students and three staff before turning the gun on himself.

The parents of Iowa school shooter Dylan Butler said they had “no idea he intended the horrific violence” when they dropped him off at school last Thursday.
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Just before classes began, Butler entered the building with a shotgun, a small caliber and an improvised explosive device, according to police. Tooktoomuch/Tiktok

He had plans to kill many more – his body was found with the still undetonated explosive device, which cops described as “pretty rudimentary”.

His devastated family added: “We would never wish the harm and pain caused by Dylan’s actions on anyone and we could never imagine that Dylan would commit such a despicable act.”

“Our family must grieve and bury our son and live with this terrible legacy,” they continued. “We cannot repay the kindness that has been shown to us in public and in private.” We are assisting the authorities and will continue to help provide answers to the question of why our son committed this senseless crime.

The troubled teenager shot and killed sixth grader Ahmir Jolliffe. Reuters
Four other students and three staff members were injured during the shooting.
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Community members gather at Wiese Park for a candlelight vigil at the Perry Middle School and High School complex on January 4, 2024. Getty Images

Butler said they would have no further comment “at this time.”

Authorities have not released a possible motive or how Butler, who is believed to have acted alone, obtained the firearms.

Those who knew the 17-year-old described him as a quiet person who had been bullied since elementary school.

“We just don’t understand how this could happen and why Dylan chose to do what he did,” Bolter’s parents said. Tooktoomuch/Tiktok
Dylan Bulter killed himself after shooting his classmates and teachers. Getty Images

Sisters Yesenia Roeder and Hamiya Hall, both 17, along with their mother, Alita, told The Associated Press that Butler finally snapped after his younger sister also started picking on him.

The teenager also posted a cryptic video on his since-deleted social media account in the moments before his rampage across the campus of the small town, which housed a middle school and high school, 40 miles northwest of Des Moines.

In the TikTok video, Butler poses in a bathroom stall at a school with a blue bag at her feet along with the caption: “Now we wait.”





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