There was a school shooting in Willoughby yesterday, one mile from my house.
A boy entered the school distraught, heartbroken, and intent on suicide. He fired two shots, put the gun to his head and was quickly talked down by school administrators. Just a very dramatic and dangerous cry for help and thankfully, no one was injured.
Calls for metal detectors and armed guards have already begun because parents are left terrified by the idea that someone could actually smuggle a gun into the school....it is a gun-free zone and all, you know.
*little rant: How long will it take before people put 2 and 2 together? That the gun-free zone sign means nothing? It is not a magical object, warding off evil. No crazed murderer with a gun, intent on mayhem and bloodshed will be stopped by that sign. It only limits my ability to protect myself. Every day that I go to work I pass through a door with one of those signs on it and I am unarmed because...because...actually I don't know why. Is it because I am dangerous? More dangerous than the policeman who comes in fully armed to the library? I had a full background check, got my fingerprints taken, deemed A-OK by the state. Is it because guns are scary? If that's the case, get over it - I did. I am (so very very) tired of babying people who choose to remain ignorant. I am sorry if guns make you nervous but the thought of being attacked, murdered, or raped because I was stripped of the best tool to defend myself with makes me even more uncomfortable.