Shooting in 3rd Grade Classroom

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Registered: 03-22-2007
Shooting in 3rd Grade Classroom
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Thu, 02-23-2012 - 12:24pm

This story is really unnerving me, maybe because it happened a bit too close to home for my liking? An 8 yo girl in WA was shot in the classroom, a classmate had a gun in his backpack and it accidentally went off.

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Registered: 02-19-2009
Thu, 02-23-2012 - 12:36pm
What a sad story. I hope this encourages them to make stronger handgun laws in the state. It's a shame (and should be a crime!) that a child has access to a loaded handgun. Just horrible.
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Registered: 02-08-2011
Thu, 02-23-2012 - 12:42pm
Oh, this just makes me sick. Can you even imagine how scared the teacher and classmates must have been to hear a shot ring out in the classroom? And that poor little girl. I hope she makes a full recovery.

Honestly, I hope that the parents face charges. That gun should have been locked up with bullets located in a different location. Such senseless accident.

You send your kids to school thinking that they are in such a safe environment. Stories like this really make you stop and think.
Faith

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.~ Dr Seuss

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Registered: 09-23-2010
Thu, 02-23-2012 - 12:43pm

I've got a 10 (almost 11) year old so we're still in grammar school and I just can't imagine how a 9yo gets a hold of a loaded gun. I'm not dumb, I know kids find things they shouldn't (they have a way, don't they? LOL). I mean, the baby finds every single little thing that is on the floor. It's life. But how he got his hands on a LOADED gun. Well, I do hope the parents are charged. When I was little my father was a cop. I knew where he hid his gun (I saw him hide it) but he never had it loaded. That gun should not have been loaded in the house and if it wasn't the bullets should not have been near (in case the kiddo knew how to load it). Kids are smarter than most people truly realize. They may not have the mentality to understand but they are sponges and watch and copy.

And I know some may disagree, but there is a reason why we do not allow toy guns in this house if they look like a real gun. Water guns that look like laser guns are the only closest thing permitted. Otherwise we go the way of super soakers.

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Registered: 09-07-2000
Thu, 02-23-2012 - 12:48pm
I hate stories like this. If his parents insist upon owning a weapon, the gun should be stored unloaded and separately from the ammo. I hope the parents (and/or whoever owned the gun if it wasn't the parents') do face charges. This was 100% preventable. I hope the girl recovers and the boy can get some help too.
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Registered: 03-22-2007
Thu, 02-23-2012 - 12:51pm
I need to look up what our handgun laws are. I'm not sure if this happened in WA or not, but there was the story of the child that shot themselves with their state trooper dad's revolver? It's just such a shame, and I can't imagine the remaining trauma in their classmates.

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Thu, 02-23-2012 - 12:52pm
I know, Faith, it's so scary. That's something that their classmates are going to have to live with, they will all be scarred from this incident.

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Registered: 09-30-2011
Mon, 02-27-2012 - 1:05pm

The scariest thing is that it seems like these types of incidents keep happening at younger and younger ages :smileysad:

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Registered: 09-30-2011
Mon, 02-27-2012 - 1:17pm

And speaking of how these shootings are becoming more common, another one happens at a high school today!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/27/ohio-school-shooting-2012-chardon-high_n_1303988.html

And this one does appear to be rage/hate induced. What is this world coming to?!?

Lisa

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Registered: 03-22-2007
Mon, 02-27-2012 - 1:20pm
Isn't that awful? I read that he posted some type of threat on Twitter last night, and wish that someone would have taken it seriously.

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