School Board Shooter Clay Duke Brings Out the Holiday Spirit (VIDEO)


Clay Duke'Tis the holiday season, and not even Clay Duke, the ex-con who showed up with a gun at a school board meeting in Panama City, Florida this week, can undo the spirit. The school board shooting video shows Duke make a giant red symbol from the film V for Vendetta on the dry erase board wall, then order everyone but members of the board who fired his wife from her job in the district to "hit the road."

It was the first sign of the holiday spirit -- most gunmen tend to take as many hostages as they can rustle up. But Duke let the "innocents" go immediately. It almost negates the horrors that would occur later (almost).

The scene that unfolded on camera after that proved that chivalry is not dead. First came a woman, identified as Ginger Littleton, who snuck back into the room and tried to take Duke out with her purse. Already dismissed from the room, she could easily have taken off for the hills, but she came back in an attempt to help. Check out the video (warning, kick the kids out of the room first):

What she did was incredibly stupid, sure, but incredibly altruistic too. We can't help but speculate that was the spark needed for the rest of the room to keep its cool. Littleton surely inspired the remaining school officials, who you can't see on this video but can hear offering themselves up to Duke if he'll only let the others go. She reminded them they weren't alone in that room, and that helped them stay strong.

I don't know if I'd have the wherewithal of Bay City Schools Superintendent Bill Hasfelt, the guy heard telling Duke he signs off on firings, so he'll take the heat. It was ballsy. And just as stupid. But Hasfelt fought off the natural "flee" instinct and owned up to what he had done in front of a crazed man with a gun. That's promoting peace on earth and goodwill toward men.

As the video describes, Duke eventually shot himself after a confrontation with security. It's a sad way to end the story, but with everyone else in the room surviving the ordeal, I'm sure there will be a lot of people in the Bay City School District putting an extra emphasis on the true reason for the season this year -- spending time with the family they love. What about you?


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Phils... PhilsBabyMama

:(  Sad.  Glad more people weren't hurt.

Madel... MadelynMc

1) he spray painted the V symbol on the wall, he didn't draw it on a dry erase board and

2) the superintendent didn't own up to it - no one could remember firing the guys wife because she never worked for them. Which just makes the story really bizarre. He flat out said he didn't remember the guy's wife.

jeann... jeannesager

I couldn't tell if it was a wall or a board Madelyn, my apologies. And the superintendent said he does the firings -- he didn't know the guy's wife, but he did say he is the one who signs off on firings.

Madel... MadelynMc

Yeah I just watched it on the Today show and I guess they just made it really obvious by playing the clip of the guy spraying it on the wall over...and over. And then the clip of the woman assaulting him with her purse over...and over. And then the whole clip again during their interview so we could see their reactions. Haha

Really wierd story, nonetheless. Also, did anyone else think the guy looked intoxicated?

jeann... jeannesager

Gotcha! I used to cover a lot of school board meetings (not at this school) and they always had giant white dry erase boards -- without fail!

nonmember avatar Guest

It's a story that could have been a lot sadder. That only the gunman was hurt is nothing short of miraculous. At first they thought was shooting blanks because no one else was hit. Later they clarified that he had real bullets.

This morning they're saying he had an extra clip as well as a full box of ammo in his pockets, so he intended to do some damage to the men in that room. Thank God for Mike Jones, the head of security who shot him (the killing shot was self inflicted tho).

And, just fyi, it's Bay County School and Superintendent Bill Husfelt. :) (I work just a few blocks away from where it all went down.)

Madel... MadelynMc

I don't know, in the interview the board members seemed to think that he was stalling and waiting for the police to rush in and shoot and kill him. I also thought that after the woman hit him with her purse and he didn't shoot her.

aeon_... aeon_elyse

It's Bay County School District, not Bay City.  I actually grew up in Panama City.  

I don't think this has anything to do with holiday spirit...  He just wasn't quite as crazy as he could have been.  

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