Students fresh from the Thanksgiving holiday were greeted to a high school gun standoff at Scott High School in Toledo, Ohio Monday Morning. According to the Toledo Blade, tensions were expectedly high as many students were hastily ushered into closets when news of a student with a weapon swept through the school.
This gun incident is just short of the December 14th anniversary of the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut where 26 innocents were murdered. 20 children ages six and seven lost their lives along with elementary school officials and teachers reported CNN.
Unlike the tragedy at Sandy Hook, this ended without incident and the 14-year-old was isolated in a school classroom, according to The Toledo Blade. When the student was taken into custody it was revealed that his weapon was a pellet gun which he had hidden in a bag when he entered the school.
Even though the school students and officials were not ever in any potential harm, police officials reported that the quick action of teachers, showed that the, “teachers did what they were supposed to do inside the school,” suggested the Toledo Blade.
The Toledo Police Department Swat Team was able to negotiate with the teen and actually talk him into surrendering to authorities. On Monday, a school in New York City had to be evacuated when the students and school staff were threatened, but this time by an alleged bomb threat. In fact at that very same school on November 20th, the school building had to be evacuated when a similar threat was reported, according to the New York Daily News. Nothing was ever found at the school.
What can be learned from the quick actions of the school’s teachers and officials is that continuous security and safety training does pay off, which is what the NRA supports for all school. This has to be the goal instead focusing on taking guns away from gun owners.
Whether it is a pellet gun or any other type of weapon, the mainstream media should treat the gun standoff incident at the Toledo high school as an example of how preparing students and school officials for incidents like this can and will save lives.
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