So let’s count it down:
A deeeeeeeply troubled kid with a long, long record of violent outbursts – who, by law, could not be expelled, because school districts need that per diem for having kids in the seats.
Multiple credible reports of a kid who “wanted to shoot up the school”, received by the sheriff’s offie and the FBI. 1: the schools had a problem kid with violent outbursts including assaults and threats. But could not expel him by law.
39 calls to 911 for the kid in a short time.
Statemens about Nik Cruz that just keep coming out of the woodwork.
And to top it off, the cop (the ones who Big Left sayis should have all the guns) sat outside the school, literally in a defensive position, and did nothing as the massacre went on inside.
The armed school resource officer assigned to protect students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School took a defensive position outside the school and did not enter the building while the shooter was killing students and teachers inside with an AR-15 assault-style rifle, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Thursday.
Israel said he suspended School Resource Deputy Scot Peterson on Thursday after seeing a video from the Parkland, Fla., school that showed Peterson outside the school building where the shooter was inside and attacking.
“What I saw was a deputy arrive at the west side of Building 12, take up a position, and never went in,” Israel said.
Sheriff Israel noted what readers of this blog have known for years; that the deputy’s job was to get in there and put shots on target. To shake the killer out of his narcissistic reverie. They’ve known this – and, ostensibly, trained on this – since Columbine.
Not charging toward gunfire is a pretty normal human reaction.
On the other hand, everyone who is getting the victorian vapours over the thought of letting school staff carry guns for self-defense? This is your alternative; lived dependent on the frailty of human nature to defend them from the depravity of human nature.
Why not use one of human nature’s more automatic traits – self-preservation – to our advantage? Especially since repealing “gun free zones” will deter the attacks in the first place?