On the day Barack Obama delivered a moving address at the Arizona memorial service for the victims of last week's tragic shooting in Tuscon, new information about Jared Lee Loughner was revealed.
According to police records, the 22-year old accused of killing six people and seriously wounding Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was arrested twice as a juvenile, once for marijuana possession and once for possession of alcohol.
The first incident occurred in May 2006, when Loughner was admitted to the emergency room after consuming a bottle of vodka he later said he stole from his parents because he became “very upset after his dad yelled” at him.The second arrest took place in September 2007 following a traffic stop that resulted in cops discovering a joint in Loughner's ashtray and a pipe in his pocket.
Loughner was also the victim of bullying on more than one occasion.
In September 2004, police were called to Mountain View High School after Loughner was "stuck with a pin – a stolen type needle, in the cafeteria," according to official reports.
Finally, in October 2008, Loughner contacted local police because he believed a former friend had posted a fake, disparaging MySpace profile about him.
No action was taken, and none of this is meant as an excuse for Loughner's alleged, horrific actions. It's simply a look into the history of a seriously troubled young man.