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How would you feel if you found this "Emergency Notice" on your local school web site?

The purpose of this message is to inform you that today, Wednesday, January 15, 2014, a student transported a rifle to school and brought it into the High School building. The rifle was in a transport case. When the case was opened in a classroom, the teacher immediately secured the weapon and police were notified. The weapon and the student are now in police custody. No students or staff were threatened or injured during this incident and the police continue to investigate this incident. As a District, we wish to reassure you that all of the students and staff are safe. If you have any questions, feel free to call your school's main office.

This is the actual notice about what just happened at Indian River Central School District in upstate New York.

This comes one day after two students were seriously wounded by a child with a shotgun at a middle school in Roswell, New Mexico, as diaried by NMDad here and by DragonLady1954 here.

Thankfully the student who snuck into school with a rifle at Indian River High was spotted by a teacher and apprehended before any shots were fired. Details are sketchy at this point, but here is information from CNY Central:

Quick action of teacher prevents tragedy when Indian River student brought gun to class

INDIAN RIVER, JEFFERSON COUNTY -- A 15-year-old student at Indian River High School snuck a rifle into the school today, where the quick actions of a teacher prevented tragedy, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputies say.

Deputies say the student had a detailed plan, which was set in motion months ago. At the end of class at about 12:50 pm, the student opened up a case that had the rifle, which he was able to get into school earlier in the day.

The student and the rifle were detained, and the school was put on lockdown...

(Emphasis added.)

And from the Watertown Daily Times:

Student with rifle disarmed at Indian River Central School


Indian River Central School officials notified parents at about 2 p.m. that a student took a rifle to school today, but a faculty member “immediately secured” the gun and police were called.

In an email to district residents, James Koch said the rifle was in a case, which was opened in a high school classroom. The teacher in the class immediately confiscated the gun. Both the rifle and the student are now in police custody...

Am hoping to add updates as additional information becomes available.

Please feel free to provide any news you might discover about this event, and share your civil thoughts about how events like this should fit into our national discussion about firearms, school safety, and gun culture.

Originally posted to WakeUpNeo on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 09:38 PM PST.

Also republished by Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment (RASA), Shut Down the NRA, Support the Dream Defenders, and Firearms Law and Policy.

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  •  "...feel free to call your school's main number." (7+ / 0-)

    if you have any questions?

    Guess they don't want to be alarmist.

    It's mind of alarming, though.


  •  The New Mexico shooter had a plan, too (12+ / 0-)

    Here's an article with more updates. His idiot (but wealthy and connected) parents didn't keep their damn guns locked up.

    Also of note, in both of this instances the situation was defused and gun was secured by unarmed teachers. Not the first this happened. I am mighty impressed with the ability of teachers to keep us safe. If I have to be in a shooting situation (heaven forbid) I'd much rather have a teacher around than a gunslinger!

    I don't love writing, but I love having written ~ Dorothy Parker // Visit my Handmade Gallery on Zibbet

    by jan4insight on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 10:28:57 PM PST

  •  I literally live 35 mins. from (7+ / 0-)

    this school and this is the first I have heard of it.  Granted, this is Redneckville up here - and the Military is literally five minutes away - but, it is something many of us have expected.  I'm really surprised we don't see more of this up here.  Gun nuts are everywhere, they just seem to be thicker up here.

  •  Thanks to all who visited, and for your comments. (7+ / 0-)

    Will be back later today to add any available updates and to check for additional comments.

    Peace ~ WakeUpNeo

  •  Quick update: (7+ / 0-)

    Arianna Editrix has posted a diary featuring a graphic representation of school shootings since Newtown:

    Unsafe in Any School

    Please take a peek.

  •  When I was in grade school in the rural Midwest (6+ / 0-)

    during the 1950s, it wasn't uncommon for 5th and 6th graders to get .22 rifles or 410 shotguns as birthday or Christmas gifts and bring them to school for what is now called "show and tell."
       School shootings were unheard of.
       Of course, in those days there was a concept known as a "fair fight," (pick on someone your own size, don't hit someone who's wearing glasses, don't kick a man while he's down, etc.)
       In 21st Century America, people own and carry firearms for the specific purpose of killing people. Using disproportionate and lethal force is admired by a large percentage of the population, such that shooting somebody for texting in a movie is understandable, as is gunning down an unarmed Africa-American child (or, to that group, thug.)
      So, a child bringing a rifle to school is a threat to everyone.
       We have a problem with hostile and vicious people who are armed with killing machines and waiting for a chance to use them.
       We can't do anything about the existence of that population, so...

    •  Not quite unheard of 1950s - 21 school shootings (3+ / 0-)
         April 25, 1950: Peru, Nebraska, Dr. William Nicholas, 48, president of Peru State College and Dr. Paul Maxwell, 56, education department head, were shot to death at their desks by Dr. Barney Baker, 54-year-old psychology professor. Baker was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot at his home on campus.[97]
          July 22, 1950: New York City, A 16-year-old boy was shot in the wrist and abdomen at the Public School 141 dance during an argument with a former classmate.[98]
          January 24, 1951: Alton, Illinois, Henry Suhre, 61, quartermaster at Western Military Academy was shot to death in the cadet store on campus.[99]
          March 12, 1951: Union Mills, North Carolina, Professor W. E. Sweatt, superintendent and teacher at the Alexander School, was shot to death by students Billy Ray Powell, 16, and Hugh Justice, 19. The assailants had been reprimanded by Sweatt, and they waited for him as he locked his office door.[100]
          June 4, 1951: New York City, Carl Arch, a 50-year-old intruder to a girl's gym class was shot and killed by a police officer at Manhattan's Central Commercial High School.[101]
          November 27, 1951: New York City, David Brooks, a 15-year-old student, was fatally shot as fellow pupils looked on in a grade school.[102]
          April 9, 1952: New York City, A 15-year-old boarding school student shot a dean rather than relinquish pin-up pictures of girls in bathing suits.[103]
          July 14, 1952: New York City, Bayard Peakes walked into the offices of the American Physical Society (APS) at Columbia University and shot and killed secretary Eileen Fahey with a .22 caliber pistol. Peakes was reportedly upset that the APS had rejected a pamphlet he had written.[104]
          September 3, 1952: Lawrenceville, Illinois, After Georgine Lyon, 25, ended her engagement with Charles Petrach, Petrach shot and killed Lyon in a classroom at Lawrenceville High School where she worked as a librarian.[105]
          November 20, 1952: New York City, Rear Admiral E. E. Herrmann, 56, superintendent of the Naval Postgraduate School, was found dead in his office with a bullet in his head. A service revolver was found by his side.[106]
          October 2, 1953: Chicago, Illinois, Patrick Colletta, 14, was shot to death by Bernice Turner,14, in a classroom of Kelly High School. It was reported that after Turner refused to date Colletta he handed her the gun and dared her to pull the trigger, telling her that the gun was “only a toy.” A coroner’s jury later ruled that the shooting was an accident.[107]
          October 8, 1953: New York City, Larry Licitra, 17-year-old student at the Machine and Metal Trades High School, was shot and slightly wounded in the right shoulder in the lobby of the school while inspecting a handmade pistol owned by one of several students.[108]
          March 31, 1954: Newton, Massachusetts, John Frankenberger, 14, was accidentally shot to death in a classroom at Day Junior High School when a pistol being held by a classmate discharged.[109]
          May 15, 1954: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Putnam Davis Jr. was shot and killed during a fraternity house carnival at the Phi Delta Theta house at the University of North Carolina. William Joyner and Allen Long were shot and wounded during the exchange of gunfire in their fraternity bedroom. The incident took place after an all-night beer party. Mr. Long reported to the police that, while the three were drinking beer at 7 a.m., Davis pulled out a gun and started shooting with a gun he had obtained from the car of a former roommate.[110]
          January 11, 1955: Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, After some of his dormmates urinated on his mattress, Bob Bechtel, a 20-year-old student at Swarthmore College, returned to his dorm with a shotgun and used it to shoot and kill fellow student Holmes Strozier.[111]
          May 4, 1956: Prince George's County, Maryland, 15-year-old student Billy Prevatte fatally shot one teacher and injured two others at Maryland Park Junior High School after he had been reprimanded from the school.[112]
          October 20, 1956: New York City, A Booker T. Washington Junior High School student was wounded in the forearm by another student armed with a home-made weapon.[113]
          October 2, 1957: New York City, A 16-year-old student was shot in the leg by a 15-year-old classmate at a city high school.[114]
          March 4, 1958: New York City, A 17-year-old student shot a boy in the Manual Training High School.[115]
          May 1, 1958: Massapequa, New York, A 15-year-old high Massapequa High School freshman was shot and killed by a classmate in a washroom.[116]
          September 24, 1959: New York City, Twenty-seven men and boys and an arsenal were seized in the Bronx as the police headed off a gang war resulting from the fatal shooting of a teenager at Morris High School.[117]
      2010s ---- 66 so far... six more years to go.

      Wikipedia - scratch the surface

      Now they have the 2nd (safety net for sloppy) Amendment, and can't be infringed to actually treat their gun like a gun and not a video game controller.

      by 88kathy on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 04:50:03 PM PST

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  •  Hopefully at some point (7+ / 0-)

    We can have a conversation about why children, who have had the ability to do this for well over 100 years, maybe more so in the past than now, are acting out in this way. Millions and millions of children and adolescents have lived in homes with ready access to firearms for most of our history. What changed....

    •  I was wondering about that, too. (3+ / 0-)

      The easy answer is "video games." People get killed but are back the next time you play, so death seems impermanent. But I don't really know the answer.

      Laws like "Stand Your Ground" certainly don't help =(

      Maybe these children aren't being taught how to deal with anger and aggression? It seems that instead of schoolyard fights, we have shootings. And among girls, it's utterly vicious social media attacks.

      "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony

      by BadKitties on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 07:13:33 AM PST

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    •  what changed (5+ / 0-)

      fewer gun owners with children in homes locking up their firearms.  
      And we are losing the old gun culture, which centered around hunting, where families hunted together and shared the meat of animals they killed.  Now it's more guns for sport and "protection."
      While there are fewer homes with guns in them, those that do tend to have a lot.
      In these homes there are more pistols and semiautomatics.
      The gun industry has fomented fear of "bad guys" to sell more weapons, encourages their easy access (unlocked and ready), and increased used of high capacity magazines.
      The gun industry has fomented fear along with absolute rights to carry, so that the number of people with CCW has increased exponentially, meaning there are more handguns in homes.
      Bullying:  bullying is now 24-7 via media and states and schools have been slow to pass anti-bullying laws and policies, and slow to enforce them.
      Millions and millions of kids operate violent video games the world over but there is little violence correlated with them because......other countries don't allow guns willy nilly like we do.

      •  I disagree about the locking firearms up comment. (1+ / 0-)
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        Mom grew up with the firearms loaded and behind the door. You just didn't touch them.

        Dad grew up with his .22 rifle right there and with ammo available.

        Uncles and aunts were the same way.

        •  Agreed (1+ / 0-)
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          At my parents house, there was a shotgun in the corner of my parents bedroom.  I knew exactly where it was and I knew exactly where the ammunition for it was kept.  It wasn't locked away in a safe, nor did it have to be.  I knew not to play with it.

          The more I think about it, the more I think that the "they must be locked up" mentality is a sign or a symptom of the underlying problem.  I am not saying that they shouldn't be locked up, but I am saying that it is an example of a different philosophy in how children are raised today and that difference could be at least part of what has changed.

          "It's not surveillance, it's data collection to keep you safe"

          by blackhand on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 06:19:02 AM PST

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      •  The thing is (1+ / 0-)
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        The idea that people used to lock up their guns is just wrong. I never saw a gun safe or a trigger lock in my life until the past 15 or 20 years. Guns were leaned in the corner or maybe in some cases inside a "locked" display case you could get into in 3 minutes with a paper clip and 3 seconds with a hammer.

        A frequent sight at my high school (we're talking the 1980's here not the 1950's) was pickup trucks with guns on the gun rack in the rear window.

        •  Maybe - failure to supervise is the better word (2+ / 0-)
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          88kathy, WakeUpNeo

          Parents have guns in their homes and they are failing to supervise both their guns and their own children and their children's friends.

          "The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” — William Arthur Ward

          by LilithGardener on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 02:48:57 PM PST

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  •  I am in awe of the teacher that acted (8+ / 0-)

    so quickly and selflessly. And I'm angry at that asshole of a kid. Sounds like he wanted attention. Glad that he got it, and not for the reason he probably wanted.

    Looking forward to updates. There's something terribly wrong with a culture where guns become an easy means of revenge, especially for children.

    "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony

    by BadKitties on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 07:05:52 AM PST

  •  Thanks for reporting on this story (2+ / 0-)
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    88kathy, WakeUpNeo

    Makes me wonder if the boy wanted to impress people, whether he brought the gun to school as some sort of "protest" after what happened upstate this weekend.

    Republished to Firearms Law and Policy

    "The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” — William Arthur Ward

    by LilithGardener on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 03:05:21 PM PST

  •  When the adults protest this way... (3+ / 0-)
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    TRPChicago, 88kathy, WakeUpNeo

    ... what are they teaching their kids about American Democracy?

    When the adults protest judicial decisions about the NYSafe Act with outdoor shooting as protest events, like they did in upstate New York this past weekend. I dislike Cuomo too, and the way we deal with that is campaign to vote him out of office.

    [...] Throughout New York today gun owners gathered at gun clubs to fire a single shot in protest at precisely noon in what was dubbed by organizers as "The Shot Heard Round New York."[...]

    Sen. Mike Ranzenhofer and Assemblyman Steve Hawley participated in the protest.

    "I thought it important to show solidarity with SCOPE and these hunting groups that are so opposed to the SAFE Act, as am I," Ranzenhofer said. "We're very dissatisfied, not only with the law itself, but the way it's been implemented."[...]

    "Our youth program is core of this club," Marinaccio said. "We're struggling right now because we won't be able to provide ammunition for our kids once the SAFE Act's provisions for background checks on ammunition goes through. It's really going to be a big hit for us because we really built up the program by offering the kids a chance to come down here and shoot for free."

    "The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” — William Arthur Ward

    by LilithGardener on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 03:06:44 PM PST

    •  So (0+ / 0-)

      If your state passed draconian anti-choice measures rendering an abortion virtually impossible to get you'd just "wait for the next election"? You wouldn't be out in the streets protesting?

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