Do you think charges should be filed on the son and parents?
Every once in a while I come across a story that frustrates me to the point that I have to put down my laptop and walk away for a bit. The senseless killing of MacKeon ‘Mackey’ Schulte by his friend Seth Culver, and the reaction of Culver’s parents, is one of those instances.
In May, Schulte and another friend went to Culver’s house at 2:30 AM and began rapping on his window, presumably attempting to wake Culver so that they could sneak out, as generations of teens have done before them.
What neither Schulte nor the friend expected was how Seth Culver would respond:
Startled by the noises at his window, Culver grabbed a World War II-era, .38-caliber handgun given to him as a present by his father and shot once through the glass, striking MacKeon in the head, according to authorities and Culver’s parents.
The case will soon place the Culver family in an unwanted spotlight: Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito told the AP he will convene a coroner’s jury next month to recommend whether criminal charges are warranted.
In interviews this week, Len and Regina Culver said they now realize they should not have allowed their son to keep the loaded revolver in his bedroom.
Len Culver, 60, said he had instructed his son on how to handle weapons responsibly, enrolling him in a hunter safety course when the boy was 13. Culver said he didn’t know until police told him on the morning of the shooting that it’s generally illegal under federal law for a person under 18 to possess a handgun.
‘I don’t want them to make some BS, liberal deal out of this,’ Len Culver said. ‘He did it. Yes, he did it. But let’s treat it like what it is. It isn’t going to happen again. Mack’s gone.’