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Another school shooting

Posted by on Jan. 10, 2013 at 3:46 PM
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TAFT, Calif. โ€” A student was shot and wounded at a rural San Joaquin Valley high school Thursday and another student was taken into custody, officials said.


Police response to shooting at Taft, California High School (KNBC TV)
The shooting occurred about 9 a.m. at Taft Union High School, a community of fewer than 10,000 people amidst oil and natural gas production fields about 120 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

The student who was shot was flown to a hospital in Bakersfield, said Ray Pruitt, spokesman for the Kern County Sheriffโ€™s Department. There was no immediate word on the victimโ€™s condition.

Pruitt said the suspect is a student, and a shotgun was used in the attack.

Kern County Fire Department Eric Coughran told KBAK-TV that another person suffered some type of injuries in the incident but refused medical attention.

KERO-TV Bakersfield reported that the station received phone calls from people inside the school who hid in closets.

It was not immediately clear how many students are enrolled at the high school, which teaches 9th through 12th grades.

The Taft shooting came less than a month after a gunman massacred 20 children and six women at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., then killed himself.

That shooting prompted President Barack Obama to promise new efforts to curb gun violence. Vice President Joe Biden, who was placed in charge of the initiative, said Tuesday in Washington, D.C., that he would deliver new policy proposals to the president by next week.
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by Silver Member on Jan. 10, 2013 at 3:53 PM

A story I read on aol.com reported that the school was evacuated to the football field.  I'm just curious how that setting is considered safer than a lockdown procedure in which all students stay put behind locked doors.


Or maybe students were escorted there after the threat was determined to be over?  And that's where parents met their kiddos?


Anyhow, while there is nothing okay about the death of any child...I do feel this incident is different from incidents like those at Virginia Tech, Columbine, and Sandy Hook.  It seems that there were specific targets in this case and that it wasn't a matter of "anybody and everybody who happened to cross the path of the shooter."


Regardless, the child who was sent to the hospital...I do hope they make a full recovery.  And please put that other kid away.  Put him up in a luxury hotel room for all I care, just keep him out of society.

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