School Shooting Has Just One Victim But Isn't That Enough?

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classroomSchool shooting. Two words that put American parents into a panic. We're primed to expect the worst. What happened at an all-boys parochial high school in Cincinnati, Ohio this morning was bad enough.

It isn't a story of mass casualties. Just one student at La Salle High School was injured, and so far cops say the investigation indicates he shot himself.

At press time, the school shooting's sole victim was still alive -- thank heavens -- and was rushed to a nearby hospital. There's no indication that threats were made against the school or that the other students are in any danger (or ever were).

This school shooting seems to relate to the tragedies at Sandy Hook, at Columbine, at Chardon, at Virginia Tech only in that there was a shooting and it happened in a school.

But I can't help but note the visceral reaction to the words "school shooting."

My stomach clenches. Tears start at the corners of my eyes. My fists began to form little balls. And all this comes before I begin to read the details. All this happened this afternoon before I learned the sad tale of a child who is now fighting for his life at a Cincinnati hospital.

What happened at La Salle is a tragedy of a different sort from those other school shootings. They're both heartbreaking, but comparing them is impossible.

That we even think to is a sad commentary on what has become of our society. We are a nation where school shootings are so commonplace that we're primed to expect something more of the Newtown variety than the equally upsetting but very different suicide attempt that authorities indicate happened in Ohio this morning.

It wasn't always this way.

I was raised before any of the tragedies I mentioned had come to pass. We had a rifle range in the basement of my school. Classmates drove onto campus with guns in the backseat of their vehicles. School and shooting were not words strung together in the way that they are now.

I miss those days.

When the gun in the rack in a pickup truck on school grounds wouldn't raise an eyebrow, forget the SWAT team.

When the news that a boy had shot himself inside a classroom would have made us wonder more about that poor child and less about the risk he posed to other kids.

What comes to your mind when you hear the words "school shooting"?


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Grant MacDonald

The Bible & Torah should be banned!

Here are several really loving excerpts from the Torah; the first five books of the Old Testament in the bible -- perhaps read to the congregation on Friday night at a synagogue or a Sunday morning church in the meadow.

1. Kill any friends or family that worship a god that is different than your own. Deuteronomy 13:6-10
2. Kill all the inhabitants of any city where you find people that worship differently than you. Deuteronomy 13:12-16
3. Kill everyone who has religious views that are different than your own. Deuteronomy 17:2-7.

Rabbinical / Priestly rules:
Leviticus 21:17-18 … “No one who is blind or lame or has a defect or any blemish may approach to offer the bread of his God.”
Leviticus 18:22 … “You are not to go to bed with a man as with a woman; it is an abomination ….”

Rabbis; the pope and churches fully aware that Leviticus 18:22 applies to rabbis and priests … refuse to remove this stigma maliciously persecuting gays. Kids are being bullied into suicide …!

Being left-handed – being black or being gay is just as natural. It is a sometimes rare occurrence to fall in Love and to hold that person in your heart and be loved in return ... it is something that should be celebrated! If it is love between two guys or two girls … all the better … it takes even more courage to defend that LOVE!

nonmember avatar Cass

^As a lifelong atheist, I still say this guy is an asshole. Preaching why religion is to blame for every bad thing in the world is just as bad as saying that the bad thing only happened because someone didn't pray enough. On behalf of the world, STFU and preach in a more appropriate forum, where I won't have to choose between agreeing with you or feeling like a decent human being.

Vegeta Vegeta

...Dafuq Grant?

Aaanyway. There should be a different term for this than 'school shooting' that's just a headline eyeball grabber. If a kid attempted suicide by hanging at a school, would it be a school hanging? Label it as a suicide attempt not a school shooting. All the mommy's apparently get they're pantys in a bunch before even hearing 1 detail.

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