By Darcy Chavez, Communications — Unfortunately, mass shootings are a common theme in 2019. It seems a shooting takes place every month or so, and the topic is loaded and up for debate among politicians and civilians alike. Politics aside, I think everyone can agree that we do not want mass shootings to take place.
On Sunday, September 15, 2019, 18-year-old Alexis Wilson told a co-worker at the Pizza Inn that she wanted to shoot 400 people “for fun.” She told her co-worker that she had recently purchased an AK-47 and showed her co-worker videos of herself practicing firing the weapon. She also shared her hatred for the other students at her school, and how she’d love to kill them for bullying her in high school. Obviously disturbed by this interaction, Alexis’ co-worker immediately reported what she had been told to her manager, who reported it to the police. The police took this warning seriously and showed up at Wilson’s home shortly after the initial report.
While Wilson agreed to be interviewed and have her phone inspected, she wouldn’t admit that she has ever claimed she wanted to shoot anyone with her new gun. Officers say she was nervous and shaking the entire time but refused to admit what she’d said about her desire to shoot 400 people from her high school. Considering how recent these developments on this story are, this is all of the information that has been made public.
How Can This Be Resolved?
How could a technology like Converus EyeDetect resolve this situation? There are many ways EyeDetect can change the world, and this is a perfect example. With EyeDetect, police officers can specifically ask Alexis if she “has planned to shoot 400 people for fun.” The EyeDetect test would ask her in several rounds of questions if she actually made that statement. When someone tells a lie, involuntary eye behavior like pupil dilation occurs, and EyeDetect is the only scientifically validated technology that can accurately detect these subtle changes to detect deception.
With EyeDetect, police officers would have the ability to determine with 90% accuracy that Alexis did or did not make this terrifying statement.