The good news is that no one was hurt. However, a school shooting in Georgia today raises all sorts of fears once again as children across the country head back to school.
According to CNN, it happened at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Georgia. While the elementary school had increased security efforts and requires all visitors to be buzzed in through locked doors after being identified, police say a man dressed all in black likely slipped in behind someone else. Staff tried to stop him, but still he eventually opened fire with an AK-47 "and a number of other weapons." when confronted by police.
His motive isn't known as of yet, but at some point the suspect reportedly demanded that a staff member call WSB-TV. He told her he wanted TV cameras there "as police died."
The suspect eventually surrendered to police, and he has since been identified as 20-year-old Michael Brandon Hill. He's been charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, terroristic threats, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Thankfully the 800 school children had been evacuated, and no one was hurt. It's horrifying to think how much worse this could have ended, and it's terrifying to think that even though security has been increased at our schools, someone can still enter and open fire like this.
While no one was hurt, these children and staff had to be terrified. How will they enter that building again without thinking of all the what-ifs and if-onlys. How can any of us send our children to school without doing so when deranged individuals like this can get a hold of assault rifles? Something has to change. How many more of these incidents do we have to have before something does?
Does this incident make you fearful to send your kids back to school?
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