So today I pick up DD at school from the car pool line just like almost every other day. This day she was one of the first ones out, jumped into the car and off we went. I get home to find out less than 5 miinutes after I left, a woman approached the other students and teachers acting threatening and when confronted by staff pulled a gun out and started waving it at the teachers and students. The school went into lock down and the police came and got the woman. Thank god, nobody was hurt. I just cannot get my head around the fact that there were probably 20 cars lined up right where it happened, full of mothers and fathers. I know for a fact that if I had seen this all happen I would have gone into crazy Momma bear mode and tackled me some crazy person... this is south carolina, I am surprised that no one simply pulled their gun out and shot the woman dead...
Who just thinks, "I have a gun, best go to a school with it and do xyz." Obviously these people are mentally unstable but it's just ridiculous. I'm glad to hear that no one was hurt, the school handled it well, and the crazy lady is detained.
No one else would have pulled a gun because schools are "gun free zones".
Not necessarily. In our state it is legal to be armed while dropping off or picking up kids, so long as you stay in the car.
Anyone who is legally armed in that situation and who witnesses some crazy person waving a gun around and threatening people has a moral obligation to step in and intervene to end what is legally defined as assault with a deadly weapon in every state.
You might get arrested by some overzealous cop, or not. But even if you do there is always that doctrine of competing harms to fall back on.
Am I the only one shocked that they actually granted her bail? She pulled a loaded gun out, attempted to shoot the headmaster, and only by the grace of god (allah, the universe, etc) it was jammed. That's otherwise known as attempted murder, right?
Talked to some of the other kids and Moms today. One of my older working students was in the front of the car pool line picking up another one of my students. They saw the crazy lady as younger student was getting in the car and when she pulled out the gun, older student hit the gas and they got out of there. poor little kid had nightmares all night.
Seems the same woman was removed two years ago at the same school when she was harrassing students. She told the kids that she was staging a protest because the school did not admit Black and Irish people.. I believe we have both...
It amazes me how many people get bail, or low bail for offenses that should keep them behind bars until trial. Especially because this woman did the same thing before.
A local case with a high school student plotting to kill others and had bomb making kits in his room resulted in low bail, and so he's at home with an ankle monitor. I am amazed that someone like that is sitting on his useless butt watching tv and playing video games, and I bet won't get much of a sentence either. Of course, since he'll be tried as an adult, then I bet he won't enjoy his jail and prison time.
What exactly is a "gun culture", happymom? Is it your next door neighbor, who happens to be a skilled neurosurgeon and enjoys hunting or target shooting? Is it me - a 67 yo woman - who owns a couple of handguns, shoots very infrequently, but enjoys target shooting occasionally? Is it a friend, who owns many, is a fabulous dog trainer and hunting guide?
Or is the "gun culture" the parents who encourage/enable/foster violent games - video or otherwise; who depend on these unsupervised/unexamined (so they'd know what kind of game it is) activities to keep their children amused and out of their way from the time they're babies? Who are more concerned with being their kids' BBF than with being their parent, so couldn't possibly tell the kid "No, you're NOT sitting in front of the TV/computer - you're going outside." Or better yet, "No, WE'RE not sitting in front of the computer/TV - we're going on a hike/to a museum/to a historic site/natural site (Howe's Caverns comes to mind). Bring your camera and let's go."
Whose fault it this "gun culture?" What drugs are we feeding our kids? Does anyone READ the possible side effects? Or, having read them, is it just another case of "oh, scare tactics" "won't happen to me/my kid?"