School shooting limited to one injury

Monday, February 4, 2013
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CNN host Piers Morgan attempted to discredit a heroic victory last week, while at the same time pushing forward the Obama administration's gun-control agenda.

Even though an armed guard at an Atlanta middle school stopped a 14-year-old shooter Thursday from killing anyone -- only one was injured -- CNN host Piers Morgan claimed the off-duty police officer had failed.


The ardent gun-control advocate -- who has publicly denounced the National Rifle Association's proposal to have armed guards stationed at schools nationwide -- made his stance on the issue quite clear through a posting on his official Twitter account:

"REVEALED: Armed guard was NOT able to stop Atlanta school shooting," Morgan tweeted a day after the event.

With President Obama's intense gun-control agenda sweeping the nation, supporters of a "gun-free America" have argued that guns have no place on school campuses … even those held by police officers or authority figures as a means of protection or defense.

Despite the 14-year-old opening fire on the public school campus, the heroic armed school resource officer was able to prevent a potential massacre from taking place by disarming the shooter, with just one 14-year-old getting wounded by a shot to the neck. Morgan, however, showed no indication of conceding that having an armed guard on campus thwarted what could have been another mass shooting -- because one person sustained a non-life-threatening injury.

And Morgan's take of the situation persisted long after Atlanta's police chief publicly announced that the school's armed guard courageously disarmed the teen shooter (who was only able to shoot one student before being restrained).

No Newtown here

Shortly after a student opened fire to get off multiple shots in Price Middle School's courtyard, police reported that the armed guard was able to quickly and safely take the assailant's gun away.

Besides the one neck wound from a gunshot, only one more injury was reported from the incident, as Atlanta Police Chief George Turner indicated that a teacher sustained minor cuts in the aftermath. Police spokesman Carlos Campos announced that charges against the shooter were pending and that the boy who was shot arrived at Grady Memorial Hospital in the afternoon "alert, conscious and breathing." He was discharged later that night.

Dealing with the drama

One piece of the puzzle that hasn't been figured out yet is how the assailant student's gun got past the school's metal detector, which scans the school's 400 students daily.

"The obvious question is, how did this get past a metal detector?" pondered Atlanta Schools Superintendent Erroll Davis about the shooter's gun. "That's something we do not know yet."

For two hours after the shooting, students were held in lock-down by dozens of police officers before being released from the school building. With their parents impatiently waiting on the nearby streets, students were then loaded on buses and driven about half a block away, where they remained parked in front of a church while police officers swarmed the area.

Aware of parents' frustration, Davis had compassion for those expressing dissatisfaction with the amount of time it took for their children to be allowed to leave the school building, yet he expressed that school officials adhered strictly to all emergency protocol during the incident.

To deal with the traumatic event, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced that students, faculty and family members were invited to seek solace and answers from counselors on campus. He also expressed his contempt for such senseless violence taking place within schools.

"Gun violence in and around our schools is simply unconscionable and must end," Reed insisted in a public statement. "Too many young people are being harmed, and too many families are suffering from unimaginable and unnecessary grief."

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