Rangeview High School employee accidentally shoots student in parking lot
Since the horrific 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, pro-gun advocates have suggested that schools would be safer if employees were armed.
Well, here's an anecdote that represents the other side of that argument.
Yesterday afternoon, a worker at Aurora's Rangeview High School accidentally shot a student in the institution's parking lot. What happened?
The man at the center of the incident is said to work at Rangeview but isn't a teacher; he also has a second job as a security officer -- and not for Aurora Public Schools.
The main entrance of the school, in a photo from Rangeview's Facebook page.
About an hour after school ended on Monday, according to the Aurora Police Department, the man offered a ride home to a student -- he may be eighteen, since he's called an "adult male" in the APD release. But they didn't get far.
Investigators say the driver was moving his gun to the glove compartment of his car when his firearm discharged, striking the student in the leg.
The man took the student to a nearby hospital, where he was rushed into surgery to deal with a significant wound, although he's expected to survive.
At this point, it's unclear if the man with the gun will face any charges. But the incident certainly blew up on Twitter. Here are some sample tweets:
I bet all the other schools / school districts think Rangeview is so ratchet now cause of that shooting today.
— LEECVH. ♡ (@Lsteeeezy) May 14, 2013
PROOF THAT ARMED GUARDS AT SCHOOLS PROTECT STUDENTS!!Aurora PDF investigate accidental shooting at Rangeview High - bit.ly/17YzEBn
— Beth McKinley (@ObamAmerican48) May 14, 2013
The shooting at Rangeview > better get it together .
— Anjel Cherish Harris (@___Youvedone) May 14, 2013
Shooting at Rangeview.. COME ON COLORADO. GET YOUR SHIT STRAIGHT. JESUS FUCK.
— ℳatthew.в⇜ (@Braymor_) May 14, 2013
That's four ways to put it.
More from our Aurora Theater Shooting archive: "Aurora theater shooting victims set up fund to raise money for Sandy Hook victims."
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