A statement made to his ex-employer has landed a former Carroll University adjunct instructor in jail after he called the Parkland, Florida shooter "his hero". Authorities say 57-year-old Timothy Hoeller of Milwaukee has been arrested on one count of disorderly conduct stemming from an outburst during an argument with his former employer, Carroll University.
Hoeller called the Parkland shooter his hero during an employment dispute with the university leading the administration to fear for the safety of students and faculty. Hoeller told the judge Wednesday during his initial court appearance, "Ma'am, I don't have any guns. I'm on a list. I can't get guns."
The judge responded, "I have sufficient concern that I am modifying the bail." Hoeller added, "But why if I already told you I don't have guns?" The criminal complaint against Hoeller reveals investigators were following up on a harassment complaint at Carroll University when they learned he had been harassing the university after they terminated him.
Hoeller was hired as an adjunct instructor in January of 2017 but was terminated just three months later. According to a legal adviser at Carroll University Hoeller had been in "constant contact" with her since April and even threatened a lawsuit if he didn't get a positive letter of recommendation or his job back.
He was apparently upset upon learning the university would only verify his employment dates and contacted a law firm but they refused to represent him. Upon their refusal to represent him, Hoeller reportedly said, "Now I know why the Florida guy did what he did. He is my hero."
Police learned of the statement and informed the Carroll public safety officer of what Hoeller said. Jeannine Sherman of Carroll University said, "We were very concerned because safety is our number one priority." Investigators followed up with Hoeller after he indicated he wanted an officer to call him.
In that conversation Hoeller told the officer the "school shooter in Parkland, Florida was his hero." He also said, "when schools back mentally ill people into a corner and don't accommodate them, people get killed." When the officer asked him if that threat was directed at Carroll he said no and indicated he did not own a gun.
After the conversation with the officer, Hoeller sent a fax to Carroll that read:
"The shooter in Florida was a hero to me, because he clearly had a mental disability for which the schools were not going to accommodate him. The school where he went eventually marginalized his existence, so his only way to success was to use his fascination with guns and shoot innocent people at the same campus. lt is not beyond Carroll University to know about how an educational institution is to deal with someone with a perceived or actual mental illness whether they shut they out of school or not. One school shooting is happening after another. This pattern is not going to go away. The school (Carroll University) is more likely to be sued for not assisting me in a recommendation, than give a recommendation that misses the mark. They are also more likely to find shooters come on campus when they omit a duty of care than doing a duty of care half assed backwards."
He was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct and said he's "never made threats to Carroll" and it was "not his intention to go to Carroll and shoot innocent people."
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