|10-12-2006, 02:51 PM||#1|
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Folsom Prison
school violence thread
I'll probably be sorry for this, as I got in trouble with someone over Columbine, when I said when the cops heard gunshots in the school, their job was to go in, and if they had to let the shooters shoot them first to make sure who was good and who was bad ... well, it's a crappy job, but they signed up.
But, I saw this article this morning, and it's really about the saddest thing I can recall seeing in a long time.
Then, I was curious about what was going on with the Colo shooting so I started poking around. What I found makes me a little nervous. I should tell you that my kid is in a MS (independent not public) that's about 100 yards from the HS. All in all there are about 1200 kids, which I think makes it roughly comparable.
When I've been there, I'm challanged pretty quickly by teachers or administrators if I don't have a "pass" on. The physical layout is pretty similar, except to change classes, the kids have to physically go into an open air area - a courtyard htat the classes open onto. When classes change, there's always more than one adult outside, watching.
Even before Platte Valley, I'd had 'vague' fears of what if some parent goes nuts? A guy with a twelve gauge pump could do a lot of damage before the cops got near. Being "independent" we don't get a free cop. (not a gripe, as I'm not sure I want one)
It's easy to look in hindsight, but that isn't my reason for posting. It's that it seems to me that the school was very lax. Very naive of what's out there (though hey, I've seen the worst of humanity walking around, so maybe I'm hyper sensetive.) Still, I wonder what security is like elsewhere.
By Staff And Wire Reports
September 29, 2006
The doors to Platte Canyon High School are usually locked, Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener said Thursday.
But at some point Wednesday, gunman Duane Morrison walked inside and roamed the halls before taking his hostages.
"It looks like it was in between periods," Wegener said. "It's something we're going to have to see if we can't resolve. Who'd have thought it?"
The school has no special security measures such as metal detectors, school district spokeswoman Marilyn Saltzman said.
However, the sheriff's office and school district conducted a drill in August on staff responsibilities during a lockdown and what officers' response would be.
A sheriff's deputy who doubles as the school's resource officer had been at the school earlier, but was called to the station to work on a case, Wegener said. The deputy's salary was partially paid by a $90,939 federal grant the department received from the COPS in schools program in September 2001.
Gov. Bill Owens on Thursday said the high school was designed and built after 1999 with the Columbine shooting in mind.
"It (the design of the building) allowed us to keep it to one room," Wegener said. "It lessened angles (the gunman) could see out."
Last edited by bendog; 10-12-2006 at 02:54 PM..
|10-12-2006, 02:53 PM||#2|
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Folsom Prison
By Fernando Quintero, Rocky Mountain News
October 12, 2006
The 53-year-old hooded stranger who took six girls hostage at Platte Canyon High School, killing one of them, then himself, was on the campus for at least two hours prior to the violence.
The school's only video camera recorded the gunman, Duane Morrison, arriving in the upper administration parking lot at 8:42 a.m. on Sept. 27, and then appearing at a student lot four minutes later.
Except for a 47-minute time lapse in which his whereabouts are unaccounted for, his vehicle remained in the school lot throughout the standoff.
The details of Morrison's arrival at the school - and the hours he went apparently unchallenged or undetected - were included in a timeline released Wednesday at a news conference at the Colorado Bureau of Investigation's headquarters in Lakewood.
Park County District Attorney Molly Chilson thanked a number of law enforcement and other agencies that responded to the incident but offered little information on the ongoing investigation.
In addition to the timeline, which confirmed that Morrison visited the school parking lot for roughly a half hour the day before the shooting, officials said they have determined that the gunshot that killed student Emily Keyes was fired by Morrison.
(And if you didn't catch it earlier, I posted a story on the Mississippi priciple who stopped the Pearl school shooting by going to his car and retrieveing his 'illegal' pistol. pretty sad story for a guy who seems like a true hero and good educator)
|10-12-2006, 03:04 PM||#3|
Join Date: Apr 2001
Here's another side or something to chew on:
We have the news reporting vastly about adult's using kids for sex, from teachers to politicians. why is it ok for a female teacher to assault a kid, but not a male teacher?
Why does it appear that killing our kids is a past time activity?
Why was paris hilton, linsay lohan, hillary duff so popular?
Why is the human sex trade/slave business so popular?