Students Were Unable to Stage a Walkout Yesterday Because of a School Shooting

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While thousands of students staged walkouts nationwide yesterday to mark the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting tragedy, a 19-year-old reportedly fired a gun at Forest High School in Ocala, Florida. A 17-year-old was hit in the ankle but is in good condition, CNN reports. Minutes after the shooting at around 8:40 AM, a school resource officer, Deputy Jimmy Long, took the shooter into custody “without resistance.”

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According to the Washington Post, the shooter, a former student, has been charged with terrorism, aggravated assault with a firearm and possession of a firearm on school property.

In a stark video interview posted by the Ocala Star Banner last night, the shooter said that he has a lot of bipolar and schizophrenic family members who “are violent and scream...on a daily basis.” He claimed that he didn’t see the victim whom he’d shot through a door. He said that he put down his weapon, a sawed-off shotgun, after seeing a girl in the hallway and “gave [himself] to a teacher.”

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He calmly stated that on the morning of the shooting, at home, he felt no emotion, simply adrenaline.

“Pretty much all I’m feeling at this time is an adrenaline rush. It’s not anger, it’s not hatred, it’s just an adrenaline rush, I’m about to do something. I spend most of my time in the room alone...so I’m getting this rush.”

He said that when walking through the school with the gun, the adrenaline turned to a “disgusting feeling.”

When asked how he’d obtained the gun, he said he’d learned how to get around background checks from a VICE News segment. He claimed that he purchased an unlicensed gun about a week after the Parkland massacre.

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A 16-year-old student posted this photo about an hour after the shooting. He captioned it:

School shooting at my school, this crap is terrifying.... Praying for everyone. There was actually a scheduled walkout today. It becomes super real when it’s your school.

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When asked if he felt that he should have had a gun, the shooter said no.

Staff reporter, Gizmodo. wkimball @ gizmodo

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kennybeaverstine
Kenny and the Llamas

Gun control has to be the litmus test for the left that abortion is for the right. Anyone, candidate or incumbent, and yes I mean exactly who you think I mean, who denies the need to ban assault weapons needs to be GONE. Get the fuck out.

Yes, I know this bullshit is driven by the scum on the other side of the aisle, but the only thing we can do about them is outvote them. Which means the first thing we have to do is tend to the log in our eye.