By: Kyle James | 03-22-2018 | News
Photo credit: Mark Conditt | Facebook

Austin Bomber Homeschooled Here's What His Family Had To Say

When a package bomb bound for Austin unexpectedly exploded during transit Monday, investigators were tipped off to the bomber's identity after viewing FedEx surveillance footage. The package detonating before intended brought on the string of events that ended the Austin Bomber's month-long bombing campaign that terrorized Austin residents and took the lives of two people.

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Authorities attempted to apprehend Mark Anthony Conditt, 23, early Wednesday morning but before they could he detonated a bomb inside his vehicle taking his own life. Now, Conditt's family are speaking out about the revelation that their own family member was responsible for the string of blasts.

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In a statement issued Wednesday, Conditt's family said, "We are devastated and broken at the news that our family member could be involved in such an awful way. We had no idea of the darkness that Mark must have been in. Our family is a normal family in every way. We love, and we pray and, we try to inspire and serve others."

The statement continued, "Right now our prayers are for those families who have lost loved ones, for those impacted in any way, and for the soul of our Mark. We are grieving, and we are in shock. Please respect our privacy as we deal with this terrible, terrible knowledge and try to support each other at this time."

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The 23-year-old Conditt was homeschooled until briefly attending Austin Community College from 2010 to 2012. He majored in business administration and took classes at two of the college's campuses. While he did not graduate, the college said he "left the college in 2012 [in] good academic standing."

A family friend also weighed on in the discovery of the bomber's identity saying, "The family is a normal Christian family. There was nothing going on with Mark when I knew him, I knew him as a teenager. He reminded me of every teenage boy, it was hard to get a smile out of him."

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The bomber's vast campaign over the last month calls into question the idea of raising children in a secluded environment in a homeschool setting. Homeschool families are often highly religious and the lack of outside oversight can sometimes lead to abuse. Raising children in a secluded setting without regular social contact with other children is bound to have an effect on a child's psyche but Conditt remains the exception rather than the rule.

While the bomber has been killed, authorities still believe there could be more packages out there that have not yet detonated. Police ask citizens of Austin and surrounding areas to remain vigilant and report any suspicious packages.

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Anonymous No. 21184 2018-03-22 : 09:58

Personally, I really don't think we are getting the whole story for the last 2 years of his guys life.

FB and other social Media sites always seems to have hours advance notice, to erase tracks before names are released.

But I am sure the take down was heaven send for FB to reduce their Political Heat.

Anonymous No. 21190 2018-03-22 : 11:03

The kid is dead, innocent people dead. NOW WE PLACE "blame." A fractured society with 24-7 propaganda. Elite politicos threats to each other on "social" media. MORE popcorn?!

Homeschool??? No. 21192 2018-03-22 : 11:30

Homeschool a contributing factor??? What do you know about homeschooling to make such a claim? Would recent history show that the majority of the people that commit these atrocities are homeschooled? I think not.

Anonymous No. 21210 2018-03-22 : 19:39

Home schooling to blame… not likely.

We home schooled 3 and got 1 Acct Mgr. for a F-500, 1 Comptroller for large company and a Sr. Firefighter saving lives every day he works.

But if you want to still go there.

Let us discuss where almost 99% of all SCHOOL SHOOTERS went for their Education.

Anonymous No. 21425 2018-03-25 : 07:38

21210 blame isn't placed on homeschooling, it simply suggests that perhaps there were some aggravating circumstances that were the result of homeschooling that could have contributed to why or how he did this. Most homeschooled kids don't commit acts like this, but there are also several cases of overzealous and highly religious parents who homeschooled their kids and also abused them. If Condit was forced to spent extreme amounts of time in confinement without socializing it could have provided him with anger towards authority and the time to research how to make bombs. Not that homeschooling is the problem, but rather because he was homeschooled there could have been circumstances that contributed to the bombing spree that might not otherwise have existed if he were not homeschooled

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