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3 School Shootings Since Newtown

3 School Shootings Since Newtown

Since the tragic deaths of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut on December 14, there have been three more shootings at schools in the U.S.. None of them has received as much publicity, but all underscore the need to get serious about gun control.

1. Taft Union High School, January 10

16-year-old Bryan Oliver opened fire on classmates with a 12-gauge shotgun at Taft Union High School, in the town of Taft (population about 10,000) about 30 miles west of Bakersfield, California, on January 10. He is being charged as an adult on two counts of attempted murder and three counts of assault with a deadly weapon. The two people who were shot, Jacob Nichols and Bowe Cleveland, are expected to recover.

According to Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood, a teacher, Ryan Heber, was able to evacuate students through a back door and then had a conversation with the gunman. Oliver reportedly told Heber (who had received a pellet wound to his head) that he “wasn’t aiming at” him and then said the name of the student he was aiming at. Authorities have been investigating whether bullying might have played a role in Oliver’s act.

2. Stevens Institute of Business & Arts, January 15

34-year-old Sean Johnson, an “on-again off-again” student at the small for-profit school Stevens Institute of Business & Arts in downtown St. Louis, shot the school’s financial aid director, Greg Elsenrath, on January 15. Johnson used a Kel-Tec 9-millimeter semi-automatic pistol with its serial number filed off. He was found by police in a stairwell with a chest wound and three live rounds of ammunition in the gun. Johnson had reportedly become “angry but not threatening” after meeting with Elsenrath on January 14 and returned the next day with the firearm.

Johnson has been charged with first-degree assault, armed criminal action, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a defaced firearm. According to court records, he had a mental health condition; his neighbors described him as “quiet, seemingly harmless and known to have learning disabilities.”

3. Hazard Community and Technical College, January 15

On the same day as the shooting in St. Louis, two people were shot dead in a parking lot at Hazard Community and Technical College in eastern Kentucky. 20-year-old Caitlin Cornett, who was a student at the college, and her uncle, 53-year-old Jackie Cornett, were killed. His 12-year-old daughter Taylor Cornett was also shot and died the next day from her injuries. Police recovered a semi-automatic, .40-caliber Glock pistol at the scene.

21-year-old Dalton Stidham turned himself into police afterwards and has admitted to the killings. He has been charged with two counts of murder, one related to domestic violence and with one count of attempted murder.

Police have said they do not think the shooting is “related to the school in any way” and that it involved a domestic dispute. The day before, Stidham and Cornett had been at a court hearing regarding a custody dispute over their 2-year-old son who was present during the shootings.

There is a long history of school shootings in the U.S., going back to the 19th century, says the Christian Science Monitor. With gun control now at the top of the national agenda, we have the chance to not add yet another terrible tragedy to the history books.

 

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5:56PM PST on Jan 22, 2014

Considering my sister school had a shooting last month, I feel very strongly about this. It IS NOT A HOAX. It's very offensive and hurtful that people even think that it isn't real. A 17-year-old girl died. A 18-year-old boy killed himself. That's real.

3:16PM PST on Feb 10, 2013

I personally do not believe that the incident was a hoax set up by the government, but I know many people are anti-governmen, or entitled to their opinion. I do believe their should be thorough background checks for people to obtain a gun and have certain guns unobtainable. In schools there should be a trained and armed police officer to react to any act of violence.

10:31PM PST on Feb 7, 2013

You know, it's crazy. Like saturating more guns into society will fix this problem, especially since many of us can't afford enough food, much less a weapon... Go figure.

2:33PM PST on Feb 7, 2013

GUN BANS BACKFIRED ON THE LAW ABIDING CITiZENS

FACT: GUN BANS BACKFIRED ON THE LAW ABIDING CITIZENS IN ENGLAND AND AUSTRALIA!

FACT: THE GOVERNMENT TOOK THEIR GUNS AND NOW THE LAWLESS ARE TAKING THEIR PROPERTY, POSSESSIONS AND THEIR VERY LIVES!

FACT: "THE FEDS CAN HAVE MY GUNS, BUT THEY WILL NEED TO PRY THEM LOOSE FROM MY DEAD BODY!" (TRAINAISM)

fatuous1 may geaux down, but not and I repeat "NOT" without a FIGHT!

REQUEST: PEASE DON'T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT GEAUX TO "YOUTUBE" AND SEE FOR YOURSELVES WHAT THE ENGLISH AND AUSTRALIANS ARE SAYING IN 2013!

1:09PM PST on Jan 28, 2013

mary b so in effect what you are saying is that its all right for doctors to give these potentialy dangerous people mindblowing drugs that might push them over the edge and just release them free to do what ever they want when they do snap. it seems that even you think these drugs at best are only exsperimental. and should only be used in those that are locked up allready. but yet you think they can be given these drugs and just ban guns and well your at it knives and acetlene welding tanks and everything else so all the blame is now on guns

6:16PM PST on Jan 27, 2013

3000 US citizens and children were murdered on 9-11 with the bad guys not touching a gun. Never would have happened if the good guys had not been disarmed by the utopian liberals.

1:39PM PST on Jan 27, 2013

John D.....I think it's you who are missing the point......tell the severely depressed person or the OCD patient or the bi-polar patient or the insomniac NOT to take their meds when perhaps they have finally been able to function in society......ALL drugs have side effects......Even your Tylenol, gravol, antibiotics, thyroid meds. and certainly meds for Chemotherapy.......Tell THEM not to take them......Drugs for Psych disorders have to react on different receptors in order to be effective.......perhaps too, if more in the US had access to health care, the docs providing these psych meds could monitor more effectively and find meds that work............I am respectfully (like Linda M.) another one of the herd David F.

12:41PM PST on Jan 26, 2013

linda m you are missing the point here its much wiser to get to the root cause. by not giveing them drugs. as they could kill just as many with bombs home made. DUH they were all very smart the ingredents are easy to get and they could kill just as much or more .

6:43PM PST on Jan 25, 2013

John, if these people were on powerful drugs, they should not have been allowed access to guns since they were obviously unstable. That means, if the guns weren't theirs, whoever owned the guns was irresponsible. DUH! Proof that irresponsible people have guns.

1:10PM PST on Jan 25, 2013

gary null the famous researcher has said that all the shooters were on powerfull harmfull drugs given by doctors and yet the left wing gun banners do not admit that or mention it. they just want to take away our rights and put many people at risk by banning guns

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