My turn to rant and rave - but for a very good reason.
I work night shift. This morning my cell phone would not quit ringing. In my drug-induced stupor I just kept hitting the "ignore" button and not even opening my eyes. After about the 5th call I woke up enough to look and see that it was my oldest son (16). I answered. (my kids know that's the best way to wake me up.)
Keep in mind that I live in a pretty small town in Lake County, Ohio where not much exciting ever happens....
He proceeds to tell me that the school is on "lockdown" and that there are about 50 cops with M-17 automatic rifles, the FBI AND the SWAT team at his high school. I'M AWAKE NOW!!
He said some kids brought a loaded handgun to school and fired 2 shots. That's all he knew at this point. It happened at 9:30am and it was now 10:15 and they were just releasing students. Alex had taken my car and drove his younger brother to school - but Alex couldn't find his brother because there were 1500 kids on the school lawn!!! I told him to come home and Corey would ride the bus or call us.
Of course, it was all over the news and I didn't get back to sleep until after 5pm (on my 8th nightshift in a row too!).
Turns out the kids, a 10th grader, had told his friends online that he was going to bring a gun to school (they thought he was kidding). He fired one shot into a trophy case adn another into the ceiling. Alex heard both of these. A teacher yelled, "he's got a gun" and the principal and vice-principal confronted the kid who then pointed the gun at his own head. They talked him down (I can't imagine the bravery that took) and he was arrested without anyone getting hurt, thank God.
My son described what it was like when the school got locked down - teachers moved all students to the back of their room away from windows and the door. I would hate to be the kids in the front of that huddle - could you imagine how scary?
So the school is going to have extra police present for the rest of the week. We don't know much more about the 10th grader or what his intentions were but they did find 33 rounds of ammunition in his backpack that he was wearing at the time.
A friend of my son's who knows this kid said he has always collected guns and even has pictures of guns all over his MySpace page.. My question is...
WTF is wrong with this kid's parents???????? Personally, I think they should be held responsible for all damage to the school - inside and outside from 1500 kids tromping the grass - and the cost of the SWAT team and the FBI and the extra police for the whole week!
Like I said, "some parents should have been sterilized"!!
Rant over. Thanks.