How to keep schools safe? We’re focusing our time, energy and money on ‘all the wrong things,’ experts say
While the fools (politicians) keep screwing around trying to be the hero that comes up with a working plan in the school shooting dilemma, the incidents continue to happen.
I have done many post on the 99% fool-proof way to combat these killings. I might as well shovel shit into the wind, because no one is listening.
There has to be 10’s of 1,000’s of well qualified ex-military and well-trained people that would serve as a safety net for all the kids in school. There should be one of these people stationed at each entrance and exit at every school in the country. We will not only protect our kids, but decrease the unemployment substantially.
The experts will claims there are too many entrances and exits at each school to man. I say, reduce the egress and ingress locations to a reasonable number. What is more important, spending a few billion on protecting our kids or giving trillions away to foreign government, some of whom hate the USA with a passion?? I hate to hear the answer from some of the honchos.
|April 16, 2007||Blacksburg, Virginia||33[n 1]||23||Virginia Tech shooting: 23-year-old student, Seung-Hui Cho, killed thirty-two students and faculty members at Virginia Tech, and wounded another seventeen students and faculty members in two separate attacks before committing suicide. The incident is the third-deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in modern U.S. history.|
|December 14, 2012||Newtown, Connecticut||28[n 1]||2||Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting: 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed twenty-six people and himself. He first killed his mother at their shared home before taking her guns and driving to the school. Lanza brought four guns with him. He killed twenty first-grade children aged six and seven during the attack at school, along with six adults, including four teachers, the principal, and the school psychologist. Two other persons were injured. Lanza then killed himself as police arrived at the school.|
|August 1, 1966||Austin, Texas||18[n 1]||31||University of Texas tower shooting: 25-year-old engineering student, Charles Whitman, got onto the observation deck at the University of Texas-Austin, from where he killed seventeen people and wounded thirty-one during a 96-minute shooting rampage. He had earlier murdered his wife and mother at their homes. It was the deadliest shooting on a U.S. college campus until the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007.|
|February 14, 2018||Parkland, Florida||17||17||Stoneman Douglas High School shooting: A 19-year-old former student whose behavior had led to his expulsion, he began shooting students and staff members with a semi-automatic rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after activating a fire alarm. 17 people were killed, and 17 others were injured. The suspect, Nikolas Cruz, blended in with the crowd of fleeing students and was arrested in a residential area of neighboring Coral Springs after walking away from the school. He was later charged with murder and attempted murder.|
|April 20, 1999||Littleton, Colorado||15[n 2]||21||Columbine High School massacre: 18-year-old Eric Harris and 17-year-old Dylan Klebold, students at Columbine High School, killed twelve students and one teacher. They injured 21 additional people, and three more were injured while attempting to escape the school. The pair committed suicide at the end of the massacre. |
|May 18, 2018||Santa Fe, Texas||10||14[n 1]||Santa Fe High School shooting: School was evacuated when fire alarms pulled at 7:45 am after students said they had heard gunshots. Shooter had a shotgun and .38 revolver. Multiple IEDs and pipe bombs were also found around the school.|
|October 1, 2015||Roseburg, Oregon||10[n 1]||9||Umpqua Community College shooting: At around 10:40 a.m. PDT, a gunman, identified as 26-year-old student Christopher Harper-Mercer, opened fire in a hall on the Umpqua Community College campus, killing eight students and one teacher, and injuring nine others. Mercer then committed suicide after engaging responding police officers in a brief gunfight.|
|March 21, 2005||Red Lake, Minnesota||10[n 1]||7||Red Lake shootings: 16-year-old student Jeffrey Weise, killed his grandfather and grandfather’s companion at their home, where he had been living, at the Red Lake Indian Reservation. He drove to Red Lake Senior High School. Armed with his grandfather’s police weapons, Weise killed five students, one teacher, and one security guard, wounding seven others, before committing suicide.|
|July 26, 1764||Greencastle, Pennsylvania||10||2||Enoch Brown school massacre: Perhaps the earliest shooting to happen on school or college property, in what would become the United States, was the notorious Enoch Brown school massacre during the Pontiac’s War. Four Delaware (Lenape) American Indians entered the schoolhouse near present-day Greencastle, Pennsylvania, and shot and killed schoolmaster Enoch Brown and nine children (reports vary). Only two children survived. However, this incident may only incidentally be considered a school “”shooting”” because only the teacher was shot, while the other nine victims were killed with melee weapons. |
|April 2, 2012||Oakland, California||7||3||Oikos University shooting: 43-year-old One L. Goh, was accused of shooting dead seven students with a handgun and wounding three others at Oikos University, a Christian college. He fled the scene, stealing a victim’s car, and was apprehended hours later nearby. Goh was charged with seven counts of murder. In January 2013, Goh was determined to be mentally unfit for trial and committed for treatment.|
|July 12, 1976||Fullerton, California||7||2||California State University, Fullerton massacre: The gunman, 37-year-old Edward Charles Allaway, was a custodian at the California State University, Fullerton library. Allaway killed seven people and wounded two others in the library’s first-floor lobby and at the building’s Instructional Media Center (IMC), located in the basement.|
|January 17, 1989||Stockton, California||6[n 1]||32||Stockton schoolyard shooting: 24-year-old Patrick Edward Purdy fatally shot five children and wounded 32 others at the Cleveland Elementary School, before taking his own life. The victims were children of refugees from Southeast Asia. Purdy had a history of violence, alcoholism and drug addiction, and criminality.|
|February 14, 2008||DeKalb, Illinois||6[n 1]||21||Northern Illinois University shooting: 27-year-old Steven Kazmierczak, shot multiple people with a shotgun in a classroom of Northern Illinois University, killing five and injuring 21, before taking his own life. Kazmierczak was not enrolled at the university, but had attended in the years prior to the attack.|
|November 14, 2017||Rancho Tehama Reserve, California||6[n 1]||18||Rancho Tehama Reserve shootings: Neighbor on a rampage injured one student at Rancho Tehama Elementary School and fatally shot five adults at several locations. The secretary heard the gunfire near the school and ordered the school to go on lockdown. After a custodian and the teachers put it into action, 43 year-old Kevin Neal rammed a truck into the gate of the school and fired at the classrooms hitting one student when a bullet pierced the wall. Neal fatally shot himself after sheriff’s deputies rammed his vehicle during a pursuit.|
|June 7, 2013||Santa Monica, California||6[n 1]||4||2013 Santa Monica shooting: 23-year-old John Zawahri, began a killing spree at his home. After killing his 55-year-old father, Samir “”Sam”” Zawahri, and 25-year-old brother, Chris Zawahri, he set the house ablaze. Dressed all in black with body armor and wielding an AR-15-type semi-automatic rifle, Zawahri carjacked 41-year-old Laura Siska, shooting 50-year-old Debra Fine, as she attempted to intervene, before forcing Siska to drive to Santa Monica College. Upon arriving on the college campus, Zawahri began shooting at passing vehicles, including a police car and a city bus, leaving three people with minor injuries. Zawahri next targeted a Ford Explorer, killing the driver, 68-year-old campus groundskeeper, Carlos Navarro Franco, and fatally wounding the passenger, his 26-year-old daughter Marcela Diaz-Franco, a student at the college, who died two days later. 68-year-old Margarita Gomez, who was collecting cans outside the library, died after being shot in the abdomen and chest. Zawahri opened fire on students who were trying to run away. It ended at the college library where he opened fire on students studying for finals, before being fatally wounded in an exchange of gunfire with responding police officers.|
|October 2, 2006||Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania||6[n 1]||3||West Nickel Mines School shooting: 32-year-old milk truck driver, Charles Carl Roberts IV, killed five Amish girls and wounded five others before killing himself in an Amish school in the hamlet of Nickel Mines, in Bart Township, Lancaster County.|
|December 13, 1898||Charleston, West Virginia||6||1+||During the school exhibition, a group of young men tried to break up a student performance. When the teacher Fisher tried to throw them out, they turned on him. Audience members joined the fray. The fight resulted in deaths: Harry Flasher was shot in the heart and instantly killed, Henry Carney was fatally shot in the back, Ralph Jones and two others were also fatally shot, and George Gibson was shot in the hand; Haz Harding had his skull crushed and several others received minor wounds.|
|November 1, 1991||Iowa City, Iowa||6[n 1]||1||University of Iowa shooting: 28-year-old former graduate student, Gang Lu, killed four members of University of Iowa‘s faculty and a research student, and seriously wounded another student. 47-year-old professor of physics and astronomy, Christoph K. Goertz, 45-year-old associate professor of physics and astronomy, Robert Alan Smith, 44-year-old chairman of the physics and astronomy department, Dwight R. Nicholson, 56-year-old associate vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Theresa Anne Cleary, shot in the head and died the following day, and 27-year-old research investigator in physics and astronomy, Dr. Shan Linhua. 23-year-old Miya Rodolfo-Sioson, Dr. Cleary’s temporary student receptionist in the grievance office, survived but was left paralyzed from the neck down. Lu then shot himself in the head, he died shortly after police arrived.|
|March 24, 1998||Craighead County, Arkansas||5||10||Westside Middle School shootings: 13-year-old Mitchell Johnson, and 11-year-old Andrew Golden, killed a teacher and four students, and wounded ten others, as Westside Middle School emptied during a fire alarm intentionally set off by Golden.|
|November 12, 1966||Mesa, Arizona||5||2||18-year-old Bob Smith, took seven people hostage at Rose-Mar College of Beauty and ordered them to lie down in a circle. He shot each in the head. Four women and a 3-year-old girl died, a woman and a baby were injured but survived. Police arrested Smith, who reportedly admired Richard Speck and Charles Whitman.|
|May 6, 1940||South Pasadena, California||5||2[n 1]||South Pasadena Junior High School murders: Outrage by his dismissal, following conflicts with other staff, thirty-eight-year-old Verlin H. Spencer shot and killed 62-year-old superintendent of the South Pasadena city schools George C. Bush, 50-year-old principal of South Pasadena High School John E. Alman, and 52-year-old School District business manager Will R. Speer. He then attempted to kill Bush’s secretary, 32-year-old Dorothea Talbert; she was struck near the shoulder. He later shot and killed 45-year-old art teacher Ruth Sturgeon, with whom he’d been in conflict, fatally wounding her in the chest and, following an intense struggle, 35-year-old mechanical arts teacher Verner V. Vanderlip, another with whom he had a grievance. Spencer was cornered by police as he attempted to escape through the school cafeteria; as one officer aimed, Spencer pressed the .22 caliber automatic pistol against his right side and fired twice, critically wounding himself. Police later found a suicide note from Spencer to his wife, Polly. He survived his wounds and was tried for murder. Pleading guilty to all charges, he received 5 consecutive life terms. He was discharged from California’s Department of Correction in 1977, aged 75. Verlin Spencer died January 11, 1991.|
|October 24, 2014||Marysville, Washington||5[n 1]||1||Marysville Pilchuck High School shooting. 15-year-old freshman, Jaylen Fryberg, shot five students in the school cafeteria of Marysville Pilchuck High School, fatally wounding four, before committing suicide.|
|May 21, 1998||Springfield, Oregon||4||23||Thurston High School shooting: After killing his parents at home, 15-year-old Kip Kinkel, drove to Thurston High School, where he killed two students and wounded 23 others. After pleading guilty, he was sentenced to 111 years of prison.|
|May 1, 1992||Olivehurst, California||4||10||Lindhurst High School shooting: Former student, 20-year-old Eric Houston, killed three students and one teacher, and wounded nine other students and teacher before surrendering to police.|
|May 4, 1970||Kent, Ohio||4||9||Kent State shootings: During protests of the Vietnam War at Kent State University, armed National Guard Soldiers opened fire on unarmed students, killing four people.|
|March 26, 1893||Plain Dealing, Louisiana||4||1||During an evening school dance at Plain Dealing High School, a fight broke out. When the smoke cleared, two students were killed, two more were fatally wounded, and the high school’s Professor Johnson was wounded in the arm.|
|October 28, 2002||Tucson, Arizona||4[n 1]||0||Failing nursing college student and Gulf War veteran, 40-year-old Robert Stewart Flores Jr., killed three assistant professors of nursing at the University of Arizona, 50-year-old Robin Rogers, 44-year-old Cheryl McGaffic, and 45-year-old Barbara Monroe, before turning the gun on himself.|
95% of all of these killings could have been eliminated if there were well-trained, qualified guards at each entrance and exit.
The answer of the so-called experts is to place metal detectors in the schools. Did they ever consider, there has to be someone stationed at each detector?? Why not an armed guard??
Based on the number of school and colleges in the USA, there can be about 135,000 jobs created to man these posts. With 6 guards assigned to each school ( some less) each guard making 50,000.00$ a year, it would cost the country 40.500,000,000.00$ to protect the kids.
The USA gives away between 50 and 100 billion dollar$ a year to foreign countries. If we would quit giving the farm away and implement my recommendation, we could save between 10 & 40 billion a year; in the meantime protect our kids to the hilt.
Is it a crying shame that we have to resort to these tactics; you bet your ass it is, BUTT either that or suffer the consequences. This madness is not going away anytime soon. Time change and we have to adapt to them.
SOOOOO, I will AXE the politicians; what is more important; supporting foreign countries or protecting our kids???