Left for Dead,
FARGO, N.D. (June 8) - Ten weeks after he was left for dead in his high school
classroom, Jeffrey May walked out of the hospital, saying he looked forward
to sports and to going back to school.
"Obviously, this is a huge day for Rudy," said Dr. William Klava, who directed the
teenagers' physical rehabilitation at
inspiration for a lot of other patients around here."
The 15-year-old was shot in the neck at close range during the March 21 attack at
a nickname taken from the Notre Dame football movie.
May, who initially was paralyzed on his left side after suffering a stroke, walked into
a press conference Wednesday with the use of a cane.
"It feels good," he said with a wide smile.
May appeared to be fighting back tears, unable to answer, when asked about his
mother. Jodi May, 40, suffered a life-threatening stroke on April 30 and remains in
"I'm sure there's a flood of emotions he's dealing with," Klava said.
But the teenager smiled when he said there was nothing he would miss about the
hospital. He also said he was looking forward to getting back to football, basketball
and baseball and returning to school next fall.
"I've got to go to school at some point in my life," he said.
May said he plans to attend an Indian healing ceremony in
home. His uncle, Ken Cloud, and cousins, Kenny and Travis Cloud, helped him move
his belongings out of the hospital.
May was in critical condition for three days following the shooting. His jaw was wired
shut and he communicated by using hand signals. He started to regain movement in
his left side in early April and took his first steps later that month.
Now he's able to function by himself, Klava said.
"He has become quite self-sufficient in a short period of time," Klava said. "It's been
quite a journey. He was barely getting out of bed when we first started."
May will continue his rehabilitation closer to
he has been working with MeritCare therapists, who said their goodbyes in his final
sessions on Tuesday.
"It's bittersweet," said Becky Thrash, a speech pathologist. "We're so happy and
exciting about the progress that Rudy has made. But we're going to miss him around here."
Jodi May, who's paralyzed on her right side, is making slower progress, Dr. Panjini Sivanna said.
"She has a long way to go," Sivanna said. "It's still too soon to know what her long-range
rognosis will be."
Dear God (save us from ourselves)
Why didn't you save the school children at:
Moses Lake, Washington 2/2/96
Bethel, Alaska 2/19/97
Pearl, Mississippi 10/1/97
West Paducah, Kentucky 12/1/97
Stamps, Arkansas 12/15/97
Jonesboro, Arkansas 3/24/98
Edinboro, Pennsylvania 4/24/98
Fayetteville, Tennessee 5/19/98
Springfield, Oregon 5/21/98
Richmond, Virginia 6/15/98
Littleton, Colorado 4/20/99
Taber, Alberta, Canada 5/28/99
Conyers, Georgia 5/20/99
Deming, New Mexico 11/19/99
Fort Gibson, Oklahoma 12/6/99
Santee, California 3/5/01
El Cajon, California 3/22/01 and
Red Lake, Minnesota 3/21/05
Dear Concerned Student,
I am not allowed in schools.
How did this get started?
Let's see, was it when Madeline Murray O'Hare complained she didn't want any prayer
in our schools.
And we said, OK...
Then, someone said you better not read the Bible in school, the Bible that says, "thou shalt
not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbors as yourself,"
And we said, OK...
Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave
because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem.
And we said, an expert should know what he's talking about so we won't spank them anymore.
Then someone said teachers and principals better not discipline our children when they misbehave.
And the school administrators said no faculty member in this school better touch a student
when they misbehave because we don't want any bad publicity, and we surely don't want to be sued.
And we accepted their reasoning...
Then someone said, let's let our daughters have abortions if they want, and they won't even
have to tell their parents.
And we said, that's a grand idea...
Then some wise school board member said, since boys will be boys and they're going to do it
anyway, so let's give our sons all the condoms they want, so they can have all the fun they
desire, and we won't have to tell their parents they got them at school.
And we said, that's another great idea...
Then some of our top elected officials said it doesn't matter what we do in private as long
as we do our jobs.
And we said, it doesn't matter what anybody, including the President, does in private as long
as we have jobs and the economy is good....
And someone else took that appreciation a step further and published pictures of nude
children and then stepped further still by making them available on the Internet.
And we said, everyone's entitled to free speech....
And the entertainment industry said, let's make TV shows and movies that promote profanity,
violence and illicit sex... And let's record music that encourages rape, drugs, murder, suicide,
and satanic themes...
And we said, it's just entertainment and it has no adverse effect and nobody takes it seriously
anyway, so go right ahead...
Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right
from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, classmates or even themselves.
Undoubtedly, if we thought about it long and hard enough, we could figure it out.
Now I ask,Who's to Blame?
Red Lake School Shootings:Investigators
feel victims pain
FBI head says Red Lake case takes emotional toll
By Ruben Rosario
St. Paul Pioneer Press
In Michael Tabman's 22 years as a "G-Man," no case has matched the scope,
intensity and emotional drama of last month's deadly shootings at the Red Lake Indian
"You are dealing with high emotions," said Tabman, 47, the new head of the Minneapolis-based,
130-agent FBI field office, which also covers the Dakotas. "Everyone up there feels for the families,
they feel for the victims, and they feel for the community."
Tabman said the investigation has taken an emotional toll on agents, and the case is "probably
the most unique case of my career."
Tabman, a New York City native and former Virginia cop and hostage negotiator, was a do-gooder
in his adolescence, keeping bullies in check in his Whitestone, Queens, neighborhood.
"One time, one of the kids said to me, 'Tabman, we are sick and tired of you always doing the right
thing,'" he recalled.
More than 30 years later, he's leading a high-profile investigation into the deadly actions of a
troubled 16-year-old gunman who, some say, also was bullied.
In a brief chat in his downtown Minneapolis office this week, Tabman spoke generally about the
Red Lake probe. He also tried to counter the usual Hollywood stereotype he sees of FBI agents
portrayed as cold-hearted, arrogant, ego-driven or bull-headed stiff shirts.
"I've noticed that, too, and when they go to an extreme in Hollywood like that, it is sometimes
humorous to me," Tabman said. "We are highly trained, educated people, but we are not infallible.
We are out there trying to do the best job we can during trying circumstances."
On March 21, Jeffrey Weise, 16, gunned down nine people - including seven at his high school -
before taking his own life. Seven others were wounded in the assault. Tabman was in Washington, D.C.,
the day of the shooting, and rushed back to lead the ongoing probe, which has involved interviews with
400 people so far, as well as the seizures of 117 computers at the school and reservation.
The usually tight-lipped FBI has cemented an even stronger clamp on the probe. It has not
commented on the arrest six days later of the tribal chairman's 16-year old son, reportedly on
conspiracy-to-commit-murder charges. It does not even acknowledge the existence of a federal
grand jury in Minneapolis that sources say is investigating the shootings, as well as if there may
have been other co-conspirators or other people with advance knowledge.
Most of the reticence has to do with the fact that cases involving juveniles and juvenile
proceedings at the federal level are confidential.
"We know that people want to know more things," Tabman said. "I'm sensitive to that,
but we can say what we can only say at this time. You have to weigh the people's right to know
versus the privacy of people. We're doing the best we can, and we know it's frustrating for everybody."
School shootings were not on Tabman's list of top crime fighting priorities when he took over
the reins of the local FBI office. Counter-terrorism was - given the arrest here of Zacarias
Moussaoui, who pleaded guilty last Friday to participating in a plan by al-Qaida to fly planes
into American buildings. Moussaoui was nabbed while taking lessons at an Eagan, Minn.-based flight school.
Other areas of work include counter-intelligence and public corruption - two perennial high-profile targets
- and cyber crime.
Wanted to be cop
Tabman first wanted to be a cop in New York, but massive layoffs taking place at the time he
graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice forced him to look to Fairfax, Va., where he
started with the county's police department before moving to the bureau.
"When you hear about who is the greatest ... it's the FBI, and you want to be a part of that,"
His biggest case was "Operation Sawbuck," which led to the dismantling of a New York-based
money-laundering ring for Colombian drug cartels. The mastermind was sentenced to 666 years in
federal prison, a fact Tabman proudly points to from a newspaper headline he has framed in his
office. He hopes to be as proud of the Red Lake case, once it's completed.
"We feel their pain, we have their best interests at heart, and we owe them a thorough
investigation," Tabman said of the reservation's residents and affected families. "And that is our goal."