JOPLIN, Mo. -- A 13-year-old student fired an AK-47 inside his middle school Monday morning after confronting two others students and his principal, but no one was injured, authorities said.
The student was wearing a mask and pointed the assault rifle at Principal Steve Gilbreth, Assistant Superintendent Steve Doerr and two students, saying, "not to make me do this," Superintendent Jim Simpson said.
Simpson said the teen then fired a shot into the ceiling, breaking a water pipe, and said again, "Please don't make me do this."
"It was a very close call," Simpson said.
Doerr and Gilbreth persuaded the student to leave the building, where he was confronted by two police officers with weapons drawn. The student dropped the rifle and was taken into custody, Simpson said. The student's identity was not released.
Joplin police Officer Curt Farmer said officers found a note in the student's backpack indicating that he had placed an explosive in the school, which has about 700 students. Students in the school were moved to nearby Joplin Memorial Hall, and the school was closed while officers searched the building.
The student was wearing a mask and apparently had been planning an attack for a "long time," Simpson said. He didn't elaborate and said authorities did not know whether others were involved.
Joplin, which has about 40,900 residents, is in southwest Missouri, on the Kansas border about 140 miles south of Kansas City.
Schools across the country have been on alert after three deadly school shootings in three states in the span of a week, and several schools have been locked down or closed entirely during the past two weeks because of threats.
In Pennsylvania Amish country Monday morning, church bells tolled across the region in remembrance of the five young girls who were shot to death at their one-room schoolhouse one week earlier
Well, you can pretty much narrow it down to family or friends. That of course begs the question, what kind of people are they to leave a AK-47 laying around for a kid to pick it up and take it to school. Who knows, I've given up on trying to understand the mentality of others. I just laugh and make rude comments once they are out of earshot.
I know that parents say... "Well, I had my guns locked up!" Duh, you dip ****, kids will take your keys! Try putting the guns in a safe, with a combination on it, that they don't know. I swear, we have some dumb ass parents in this world. If you have a gun, make sure that it is in a place that a child can not take it/use it.
Growing up my dad kept his shotgun under his head. Still does. Did I mess with it as a kid? Hell no. My parents explained that it could hurt me. That is to say I would get my ass smacked if I touched it... nevermind the gun.
Seriously though, parents don't teach children the danger of guns. They think it's a toy.
Times have changed... kids are more violent. I don't know if video games with such blood and gore are helpful. I'm not blaming it on games... but, these kids learn it somewhere, and think... "I'm pissed off at the world, and I'm going to shoot some people up!"
I think kids are more violent because they are not taught the difference between fantasy and reality. I graduated high school in the mid-90's, and when I was a wee lad there was no PG-13. It was either PG or R. There were no television ratings or music censors. Kids need boundaries and more often than not a kick to the rear.
I agree... there aren't the boundaries when we were growing up... and certainly nothing like when our parents were growing up. These days, kids see, and hear, it all. There isn't much that is censored. Parents don't care (not all...) what their kids are watching, playing, doing, etc... We live in a society where you put your kids in front of a computer, or tv, and let them do their thing, so you can do yours. When I was growing up, we all watched tv together, as a family. We played games together.
Well they should not be owned by civilians plain and simple, I used them in the marines and it is without a doubt the best but also the most dangerous gun ever made it is ridiculously easy to handle, reload and fire.
Mind you tghe kid could have got it fromk anywhere since communism fell in Russia these types of weapon are easy to get if you know where to look.
In the U.S. there is a fanatical group called the NRA that is very observant of laws regarding civilian use of firearms. It's a well financed organization that therefore has a lot of representation in the government. To some in the NRA trying to strip them on an AK is just like trying to take a handgun.
I ain't to up on the NRA I know they are a bunch of nutcases that our Prince Phillip would gladly be aligned with if he got the chance. Howvere I am willing to bet two things 1. they are more likely to lean to the right and 2. the majority are relgious or that god is mentioned in thier constitution if they have one.
The problem with kids today is that they don't know the difference between right and wrong. This whole "time out crap" is stupid. Parents are so concerned with their kids getting their feelings hurt and having insecurities that they just DON'T punish them anymore. Parents are so lenient now it's ridiculous. And all those stupid video games - it's true, kids DON'T know the difference between reality and fantasy. I'm gonna stay on top of my kids. Parents seem to just not care anymore.
Lawless said this in post #8 : Times have changed... kids are more violent. quot;
No kidding! For example, those 8-10 years younger then i am treat each other at least 100 fold worse then i did at that age. Its horrible, and much of it is the way parents bring their kids up. I know people around 18-20 whose parents LET them smoke weed, get drunk, and then sleep with multiple people while the parents are in the other room watching a movie. And these are people you wouldn't think would allow stuff like this to go on.
There's a matter of morals and respect, and these dipshits today are taught none. Its like the parents just let the kid do whatever they want and we have the shrinks out there to thank for that one. Oh, your child just wants to express themselves, here perhaps they are AD. LETS put them on drugs. Do not spank them no matter WHAT!
That makes them evil and mean. wtf ever!!
my parents spanked my ass every time i did something wrong and i turned out 1000 times better then my friends who played with them selves in time out! v
Time out does nothing, and i've seen that first hand. The only thing it does is make the child angry with the parent for making them look at the wal for 20 minutes. Spanking is a much better form of conditioning. Time out has no pain. No pain no gain, and no learning either.
I don't know that kids are more violent. I think the same amount of kids are being just as violent, but with a lack of discipline and a non-existent or ill formed moral compass the kids cease to respect authority, know the difference between right and wrong or fathom the consequences of their actions.
Teachers and parents have gone soft on kids and as a result control in the class and at home is at an all time minimum. The Happy Meal Generation is here to destroy us.
my personal opinion is the violence has always been there, but after the school shootings started, and they get all the press coverage, all these weirdo's get to watch hours and hours of coverage, grieving parents, pissed off reporters, dumbfounded politicians, and they LOVE it. They want some more of it.
It's become the average whacked out mental case's ultimate goal, to shoot up a school.
Fad or not, it still goes back to parenting. Parents are supposed to teach their kids that doing it just b/c it's a fad IS WRONG. just thinking that shooting up kids is wrong.... I MEAN DUH!!!! Man, I hate how teachers aren't even allowed to yell at kids in class anymore b/c it "humiliates them." lame. These kids need a spanking. I'm pro-spanker. I'm not pro-abuser, but damn, sometimes kids need a spanking. I know I deserved every spanking I got as a kid and I turned out fab-u-lous. Time out only works so the kids can plan their NEXT evil act. I was taught respect with a slap in the face. said something disrespectful? SLAAAAP! you better believe I thought about the next thing that was gonna come out of my mouth after that. I've actually seen kids yell, curse and ***** out their parents, and all the parents do is roll their eyes or curse back at them. uh wtf?