Another school shooting. This one in Decatur, Georgia. I never really understand why we cannot just call this child abuse. Hit or miss. Discharging a deadly weapon. Child abuse. If the public cannot see their way to gun control, why not gun control regarding child abuse?
PBO hit Twitter 3 hours ago about the McNair shooting. @BarackObama " When it comes to gun violence nine in 10 American supported expanded background checks. #WhatWillItTake to get Congress to act?" PBO also posted some other information and suggested the public contact your Congressman to DEMAND a protective gun law.
Kimberly S. Brusk @peaceforus4ever is an Atlanta area domestic violence survivor and gun control advocate. She expressed concerns that her State Senator, Johnny Isakson has supported special interests over family protections and continues to be frustrated with local government and national government over same. Her former spouse discharged a shotgun at her inside their home. The blast blew a hole in the wall the size of a dinner plate. She left the house, grateful that it missed. She did not understand until another day when she returned to get belongings after he had gone to jail that the "missed blast" would have competely removed her head.
McNair Learning Center http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/mcnaires is in a bedroom community of Atlanta, Georgia. That part of South Dekalb, which is Decatur, Georgia is a kind of sleepy,heavily wooded suburb with a nominal amount of foot access. Dekalb itself is nationally famous for being an oasis of predominantly middle class and working class African Americans. McNair, was Dr. Ronald McNair, an African American Physicist and astronaut. http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/mcnair.html The school is relatively modern.
Dekalb is the largest county in Georgia, and in that is perhaps as much as 8x larger than any other county there. It is pretty heavily populated. BTW this is no less an unexpected, undeserving, "nice place" than Sandy Hook, Newtown, MA.
Dekalb homepage does not announce what they do in situations like what happened today. After Sandy Hook, Newtown MA, the Dekalb schools did change procedures and they reformatted school entry and
My daughter actively attends Fernbank Elementary at another Dekalb school less than five miles from McNair. http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/www/documents/redistricting/attendance-areas... Please note that McNair is the dot generally below Fernbank. Fernbank is located on the LEFT side of your screen, McNair is the now UNMARKED DOT BELOW THAT. Dekalb Schools have been back in school for about a week there.
Since Newtown, my daughter has described changes in school and drills.Parent messages indicate changes in the day/school/process. Most schools have a multi-layer system for entering the property. There is no indication of how the shooter arrived at the school, or how he got in the building. What has been said, is this person appears to be a male, a 20 something.
If this shooter is like most 20 somethings ANYWHERE, he did not get the weapon on a purchase. It was given as a gift ( most common), taken from a family member, bought or traded 'on the street', thefted....... but not bought. I completely support background checks and working to get control of loose weapons, but I won't hold my breath about how this guy had a weapon, and where he got it from.
Dekalb school pages don't indicate the policy for hostage situations.http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/search?q=emergency
OKCPS policy does and this is practiced, along with fire and tornado and earthquake drills, so kids understand about a cooperative plan in an emergency. http://okcs.schooldesk.net/SearchResults/tabid/200/Default.aspx?Search=h...
A peer on Twitter @dirtyprettyart noted her family members do attend that school, and that they (families) had received reports, unconfirmed that 4 were dead. She also noted that there was really no news being dispensed about the situation, and expressed concerns as an AA female, that the AA school and AA children were not of interest. She noted the kids were ok, and want to be able to go to school... but are scared.
Please remember 2 things. One is that the City of Atlanta had a prior history of child kidnapping that rings in the heart of any AA person I ever met. And I see the fears, especially upon the heels of the Trayvon Martin case in neighboring Florida. And now this.
WSB-TV in Atlanta, http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/dekalb-police-chief-responds-incide... noted to have sent 16 crews to "cover all angles". The gunman demanded the police AND WSB be called. The gunman was apprehended and removed from the property shortly thereafter.
No family or visitors are allowed to come to the school site. Children are being removed from the lawn and taken to a local store parking lot for pick up.