The title of a recently released Yahoo! article is “Chardon High School Shooting: One Dead, Four Injured” (Web-site/URL: http://gma.yahoo.com/chardon-high-school-shooting-one-dead-four-injured-140607604–abc-news.html).
“The gunman opened fire with a handgun just before 8 a.m. (7:45 AM to be exact) in the school cafeteria where students were EATING BREAKFAST, authorities and witnesses said”. SHOULD STUDENTS HAVE BEEN IN SCHOOL THAT EARLY? If someone is intent on killing people, they have two equally ideal alternatives: after school (when all staff have gone off duty) or BEFORE CLASSES START (which is what happened in this case).
“at a news conference”, Chardon Police Chief Tim McKenna said: “There is one DECEASED student. That’s the SAD news for all of us today“.
“at a news conference”, a choked up School Superintendent Jospeh Bergant said: “Our prayers go out to the five victims and their families. It’s A HORRIBLE TRAGEDY” obviously.
“Geauga County Sheriff Daniel McClelland praised the reaction to the shooting”. “A PROMPT ENTRY was made into the school. They went into the school and located the victims. It became readily apparent that the shooter had fled already. The individual was apprehended some distance from the school and had fled on foot“.
“The Chardon Fire Department was called to the school at about 7:45 a.m. in response to a report of “several people shot“, according to Inspector William Crowley of the Chardon Fire Department”. “7:45 am?” This was an ideal time for a gunman to strike because most schooldays start at 8. Only teachers would have been in school preparing for classes and perhaps students who have been dropped off by their parents/guardians, with both groups most likely COMPLETELY UNSUSPECTING.
“Parents received the following message”: “As of 9:00 AM, the alleged SOLE CHS gunman is in custody and Chardon High School students are being moved by safety forces to Maple Elementary. Parents or legal guardians can pick their students up any time. Chardon Middle School students are also being released to parents“. This was surely an effort to calm parents, BUT MANY PARENTS WERE SURELY STILL NERVOUS AND JUSTIFIABLY SO.
Finally, “Ohio Gov. John Kasich tweeted around 9:30 a.m.: “Pls pray for (the) wounded Chardon HS students, their families and their community; APPEARS (as if) things (are) under control now“. How “things…appear” and how “things” ACTUALLY ARE are often TWO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT scenarios.
Surely, we could use some advice from DIANE LATIKER here. Latiker of course, started a support group called “Kids off the block“. As she says, “Guns, guns and more guns. These are our young people. We’re losing a generation to violence. There are people who do care AND I’M ONE OF ‘EM” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEAs4KnzUyI).