Nevada School Shooting: Two Dead, Two Wounded

    October 21, 2013
    Amanda Crum
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Nevada residents are grieving today after a middle school student shot and killed a staff member at Sparks Middle School and wounded two fellow students. The gunman is reported to be dead, although police have not released whether he was shot or if he succumbed to a self-inflicted wound.

The two students who were shot are reportedly in critical condition, and one of them has already been through surgery. The staff member–who has not been identified yet–is believed to have died while shielding students from gunfire.

“In my estimation is he’s a hero,” Reno’s Deputy Police Chief Tom Robinson said at a news conference.

The shots rang out early this morning, while students were still arriving at school, and officials say they have between 20 and 30 witnesses who saw or heard what happened. Everyone was immediately evacuated to nearby Sparks High School, where parents could pick them up. School administrators say classes have been cancelled for the rest of the week and grief counselors are standing by.

Over the years as more and more stories come in of school shootings, many states have seen a rise in requests for tougher gun laws; after the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut last December that took 26 lives, many want to see a change in the way automatic weapons are sold. Unfortunately, gun laws are not easy things to change from state to state, and the fight continues.

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  • Reality

    Parents live in some sort of delusion. They think our teenagers are “children” and they do not know what they are doing. What do we see in the news every day? We have teenagers stabbing elderly people because they are bored, teenagers using drugs like crazy, teenagers having sex like rabbits, young girls purposely going after sex with older men, young boys purposely plotting to kill people, teenagers stealing cars for kicks, teenagers fighting over race, steroid use is rampant at high schools and yesterday, we had a teenager who stuffed her dead baby in bag and then going lingerie shopping.

    Today’s youth are simply out of control and are never held responsible for anything. Why do you think nothing ever improves? It is because we never hold teenagers responsible for anything. There is always that person out there that says — but they are just “children.”

    Honestly, I am not sure going after guns is going to solve this problem. A teenager who wants to do this is going to find a way to get a gun. What will help though is if we got rid of this “they are just children” mentality because frankly, today’s teenagers are not anything like the kids of the 50s, 80s or even 90s. Times have changed dramatically out there.

  • I Agree

    I agree. I am single and have noticed what you are talking about. Parents are the last to realize what is going on because they don’t deal with reality. They deal with how they would like it to be and not how it really is. That is why you always hear parents in these types of situations say “I never saw it coming.” Of course they saw it coming, they just didn’t want to admit it. I know it isn’t the same circumstances but I go to clubs. At every club, there are young teenage girls trying to hook up with older men (sometimes much much older). Those teenage girls know what they are doing. They took the time to get fake ids, lie to their parents, sneak out of the house, and hook up with the guys. Yet, every parent thinks their daughter is very innocent and naive. They see that their daughters look 10 years older than they are, they wear g-strings and dressing provocatively, but still think they are innocent. Those girls know exactly what they are doing. Sex to them is what holding hands used to be to the kids in the 50s or what making out was to the kids in 80s. The problem never gets better because parents always target the older person when in all actuality, if they held the young person accountable, the problems will stop.

    I see it happen all the time. Just my two cents.

    • I Agree

      Sorry, this was supposed to be a response to the person below.