Another School Shooting — On National School Walkout Day

Today is National School Walkout Day. Students in schools across the country are planning to walk out of school at 10:00 am (in each time zone) in an effort to draw attention to gun violence reform.

Students at Forest High School in Ocala, Florida were planning to participate in National School Walkout Day, but they never got the opportunity. Instead, students were evacuated from the building after the 20th U.S. school shooting of 2018.

From CNN:

A student was wounded and a suspect is in custody after a shooting Friday morning at a high school in Ocala, Florida, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

The student was shot in the ankle, said Kevin Christian, Marion Public Schools spokesman. It’s the 20th US school shooting this year.

Authorities asked residents to avoid the area of Forest High School, which was surrounded by emergency vehicles and buses transporting students away from the scene…

…School walkouts were canceled districtwide in Marion County after the Forest High shooting, according to school board member Nancy Stacy.

Today the Washington Post published a database of school shootings in America that already needs to be updated:

The federal government does not track school shootings, so The Post pieced together its numbers from news articles, open-source databases, law enforcement reports and calls to schools and police departments.

The children impacted grew with each round of reporting: from 135,000 studentsin at least 164 primary and secondary schools to more than 187,000 on 193 campuses.

Since March, The Post has taken a closer look at states with fewer local news sources and searched more deeply for less visible public suicides and accidents that led to injury.

The count now stands at more than 206,000 children at 211 schools.

When is it enough?

Today is also the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings.

6 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Gilpin Guy says:

    Is it too soon to talk about sensible solutions to gun violence?

    • JohnInDenver says:

      Only 1 student physically injured according to this report … so the delay in "appropriate time" is minimal, but we still must wait a decent period. I figure three news cycles is the least we can do to wait and figure out if this was an accident, teen angst, loss of romance, bullying, or terrorism. Gotta know what we are dealing with in order to avoid complicating the pattern of denial.


    • Diogenesdemar says:

      I’m not sure, but I don’t think this incident is even large enough to draw a Negev re-explanation as to why any solutions, except for “more guns,” would only make things worse?

      • VoyageurVoyageur says:

        It's not enough to say "more guns" is the answer.

        How many more guns?  What calibers?  Semi-auto or full auto?

        Concealed carry or open carry?

        Dum dum bullets or curare-tipped bullets?

        We need a national conversation, starting now!

  2. Arvadonian1Arvadonian1 says:

    Thoughts.  Prayers.  Yada-yada……

  3. I'm positive that more guns would have helped today. After all, the shooter couldn't get through the locked classroom door and so he shot through the door. Definite clear line of fire there…

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