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    What We Know About the Santa Fe High School Shooting

    What We Know About the Santa Fe High School Shooting

    10 dead, more wounded

    https://www.click2houston.com/news/police-confirm-reports-of-active-shooter-at-santa-fe-high-school

    In Santa Fe, Texas, just southeast of Houston, a community is mourning the loss of 10 innocent lives (at the latest count). At least one gunman opened fire at Sante Fe High School.

    Two teenage men have been detained:

    Explosive devices have been located on and off campus.

    Harris County Sherrif Ed Gonzales briefed reporters:

    From local ABC news:

    At least one gunman opened fire at a Santa Fe High School killing eight to 10 people, most of them students, authorities said. Now possible explosive devices have been located both at the school, and at a site off campus. Anyone who sees anything suspicious is urged to call 911.

    Law enforcement sources tell ABC13 that 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis was the gunman in the deadly shooting.

    …Witnesses say the shooting took place in an art class on campus between 7:30 and 7:45 a.m. Students were evacuated from the building, and backpacks were searched before they were transported to Alamo Gym at 13306 Highway 6 to be reunited with their parents.

    “We thought it was a fire drill at first but really, the teacher said, ‘Start running,'” student Leila Butler said.

    President Trump issued a statement:

    Texas Senators Cornyn and Cruz and Texas Governor Abbott give a press conference:

    We will update this post as more information becomes available. Everything listed above is the most up to date information available at the time this post was published.

    We are praying for everyone impacted by today’s senseless tragedy.

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    Henry Hawkins | May 19, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    At any given moment there are about 14 million students in American public high schools, and several million more in private high schools. That is a huge ‘draw pile’ and a certain percentage are going to develop significant mental health issues. Just 1% of 17 million HS students makes for 170,000. 1% of *that* number produces 1,700 HS students who might have serious psychiatric problems, though the actual number is likely much higher (regulations guarding the identity of psych patients, especially juveniles, makes researching the actual number more difficult than I’m going to do for a single post). My point here is that with such big numbers you are going to have problems no matter what you do.

    Factor in public school policies on mainstreaming students with problems, meaning whenever possible they are kept with the general population rather than segregated into specialist programs and classes (in vulgar terms, the ‘short bus’ kids). At risk, potentially dangerous students are left swimming with the sharks who bully them.

    Factor in the Obama-era practice of minimizing arrests of juveniles, particularly minority students, who are unwittingly taught there will be no consequences for their bad behavior.

    Factor in the ‘lone wolf’ effect, that there will always be kids who go off the deep end for no readily identifiable reason. With such a large draw pile, this number of students alone will be quite high.

    Factor in that most of the thinking and worrying and planning will be conducted by school-associated psychologists. As a retired forensic psychologist of 30 years, let me assure you that the field of psychology is as screwed up as you suspect it is, a messy amalgam of untested or poorly tested hypotheses, conformity with political correctness and SWJ tropes as pressured by school boards and administrators, and worst, an inablity to simply admit “I don’t know what causes school shootings or how to prevent them.” Watch these ‘experts’ on cable TV – they all are absolutely certain of themselves.

    When a call goes into 911 reporting a house fire, the responding fire department does not begin by trying to determine what caused the fire. First they put the fire out, and then investigate its cause at leisure.

    I believe the solution to school shooting prevention is not a single action, but a multi-facted effort. But first you put out the fire, so to speak. First you bolster armed security within the schools. This has ended many school shootings before they started, and has in some cases minimized tghe number of deaths. Given all school shootings are ambush-style, the shooter has the initial advantage. Skilled, qualified, armed personnel in our schools can quickly reverse that advantage.

    Second, you review all school policies that mainstream disturbed or historically violent students. Mainstreaming is intended to benefit the problem student, but it must be measured whether it comes at the risk of general population safety. Too many of the mainstreamed are easy targets for bullying.

    Third, you augment the NRA’s already substantial efforts to educate gun owners on the proper storage of weapons within the home, especially if minors are present or visit the home. I taught my kids that if they ever saw an unsecured weapon out in the open while visiting a friend’s house, leave. Call me, I’ll come get you. I’ll make up a reason so you can save face (teenagers, right?), but leave. Gun safety not in use, so leave.

    Fourth, I suspect a substantial number of parents, guardians, extended family, neighbors, friends, coaches, etc., etc., have witnessed things that made them wonder about the mental state of a given kid, but said or did nothing until it was too late. Similar to the domestic anti-terrorism call “if you see soemthing, say something” would prove useful, assuming it isn’t carried too far in the other direction.

    My nearest neighbor is a nice guy, a liberal who likes to goodnaturedly rib me as a conservative, especially during the Obama years. He actually said the foolowing to me:

    Neighbor: “We need to ban guns, all of them, not just assault rifles”

    Me: “About 1.3 million people die in car accidents every year in America. Should we ban cars?”

    Neighbor: “That’s crazy. Cars don’t cause accidents, bad drivers and bad weather conditions do.”

    Me: “Say that again slowly. Do you realize what you’ve said?”

    Neighbor: “Huh?

    He didn’t get it, refused it upon my explanation that guns don’t kill people either, people do.

    Fifth: Avoid feel-good bannings on this rifle, that handgun, that magazine, etc. They will change nothing and take the place of effective actions, delaying actual progress. Ex.: Chicago, DC, etc.

    Sixth: Stop glorifying school shootings – and shooters – on TV. The potential for personal glory and fame adds motivation to some/many school shooters. The Santa Fe shooter avoided shooting students he liked so they could “tell my story” in the post-shooting follow up. Columbine’s round-the-clock media coverage iconized the wearing of trenchcoats, now a common feature among school shooters.

    We also need to study the prevalence of HS age students on psychotropic medications and their effects on still forming brain functions.

    As well, we need to study the prevalence of single parent homes among previous shooters, the prevalence of fatherless families.

    To simply cry “ban the guns!” is short-sighted, ignores actual gun crime stats and data, preempts actual solutions, and is incredibly selfish because banning guns would have zero effect on school shootings, but would make the gun banners feel good.

    Ultimately, given the number of HS students, you are going to have school schootings, or stabbings, or bombings, or arson, or poisonings, etc., no matter what we do.

    I’m surprised there aren’t more school shootings.


     
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    94Corvette | May 19, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    One factor that no one has mentioned is the consolidation of our schools into mega-schools. I graduated from High School in a class of 12. I jokingly said that I could have dated every girl in my class in a week. Even in the ‘larger’ schools in our district, you might have just 500 attending High School. Now – schools have 3,500 students. I cannot help believing that this is also a factor.


       
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      Shane in reply to 94Corvette. | May 19, 2018 at 9:00 pm

      When the government runs it, money is no object, until someone gets the tab and then there is a problem. The large schools are for cost savings. The money that the Hoggs of the world think is so evil when it is do with the NRA, but not so much when it comes to the government. When will they learn.


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