A 6-year old boy with a history of violence shot his first grade teacher and wounded her in the chest. Parents blame the school district for tolerating violence and refusing to issue disciplinary referrals as they are closely tied to accreditation, which threatens federal and state government funding for the school.
Footage was leaked of the police stalling in the hallway, looking at their phones and using hand sanitizer, while 19 children and two teachers were reportedly shot to death. The video shows the shooter, Salvador Ramos, walking through the halls carrying an AR-15. Authorities say that he shot more than 100 rounds.
Muslim, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, was arrested on the accusation that he was training eleven children to commit school shootings. Wahhaj is the father of a boy who went missing in Georgia after he told the boy’s mother that he wanted to perform an exorcism on the child. The remains of a boy were found on the compound.
A shooting last Friday at the Santa Fe High School in Texas left ten people dead, stirring up calls for gun control. There are some troubling aspects of this case: a doctor said that they are always “prepared for these drills”, the media is silent about the second suspect, and a student witness said, “It was real this time, it wasn’t real last time,” implying there was a prior incident.
In both cases, the shooters claimed to be in a daze and felt they were being mind controlled. In both cases, they said they heard voices in their heads urging them to kill. In both cases, the killers were well known to police as highly dangerous but were not apprehended. In both cases, the police stood down long enough to allow the shooters to use their ammunition before moving in to stop them. And in both cases, Sheriff Israel used the tragedy to call for confiscation of guns from law-abiding citizens.
Ernest Rospierski, a history teacher from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, told the Associated Press he thought the shooting event was a drill at first because was warned earlier that day that a code red drill would be taking place and he believed they would be shooting blanks. He said that the shooter was wearing a mask.
According to the Miami Herald dated Thursday, February 15, the day after the school shooting, Sheriff Scott Israel reported that some of the victims’ bodies were still in the school’s facilities. He said, “Right now the focus of the FBI and the Broward Sheriff’s Office is on the successful prosecution of this killer and we are not going to leave any stone unturned.”
Florida: Reporter, Brian Entin of WSVN local news, published comments from a medical first-responder who did not want to be identified for fear of reprisal. The medic was at the scene of the school shooting and said he was told to ‘stand down.’ He told the reporter that medical personnel were not allowed inside the building until law enforcement was finished clearing the building. He said that he believed he could have saved lives if they had been able to treat victims earlier.
Matt Bevin, the Governor of Kentucky, says an increase in school shootings over the past 50 years is caused by a desensitization to violence through TV, video games, lyrics to popular music, and psychiatric drugs. He points out that Germany and Russia, where guns are totally banned. there still are school shootings.