New Mexico School Shooter May Have Warned Classmates

12-year-old allegedly shot two students

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The 12-year old accused of shooting two of his classmates at a New Mexico middle school on Tuesday may have warned some of his classmates not to come to school that day, police say.

In an ordeal that lasted only 10 seconds, police say the suspected shooter entered a gym full of students at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, N.M., pulled out a sawed-off .20-guage shotgun, and shot a 13-year old girl in the arm and an 11-year old boy in the face before a teacher apprehended him, the Albuquerque Journal reports. State Police Chief Pete Kassetas said late Tuesday that authorities had “preliminary information” that the shooter may have warned some other students not to go to school that day.

Eighth-grade social studies teacher John Masterson persuaded the suspect to put down the gun, and the child was quickly apprehended by a state police officer who happened to be dropping off his child at the school. “It was a harrowing experience,” Masterson told the Albuquerque Journal. “All I can say was the staff there did a great job.”

Both victims were airlifted to a hospital in Texas after they were first stabilized at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center. The 13-year old girl is in satisfactory condition, but the 11-year old boy was still in critical condition Tuesday night. He had undergone two surgeries for face and neck injuries.

[Albuquerque Journal]

9 comments
proactivemom
proactivemom

Unfortunately, even when a child & his parents inform the school of bullying, confidentiality & burden of proof are in favor of the bully. My son's situation has escalated from racial slurs and shoving to destruction of his property--but with few  to no witnesses for a majority of it, my son giving his bully the finger in the hallway is the incidentthey chose to act on. My 4.0 student with an absolutely clean disciplinary record is the one who got detention for the gesture because he was honest and said he did it because he was being provoked. His bullying issues that have been properly reported and documented have not been acted upon...no consequences for this student in the least. His comments to my son--'you can't prove I'm doing anything to you.." It's sickening. 

richard.draucker
richard.draucker

It's always the parents fault.  Even in cases of bullying, the child should feel comfortable telling his parents about the situation and asking for help.  


Of course, that's probably too much to expect of a nation that invaded Afghanistan because the government refused to arrest and extradite a suspected terrorist, and invaded Iraq because, well, because we could.  


DennisMadden
DennisMadden

Good Job Joe Biden. You now have them using shotguns rather then assault rifle's. Of course one shotgun shell can take down about 5 kids at one time.

YOU GO JOE!!!!! YOU WOULD MAKE A FINE NEW PRESIDENT AFTER OBAMA. NOTHING WOULD CHANGE. 

TAHKICT
TAHKICT

I blame the parents.The kids shouldn’t have access to weapons and parents should teach kids not to bully other kids.

donvon1204
donvon1204

So...as a sad insight into the priorities of our society, and how common-place these shootings have become... There are currently 68 comments on Time, for an article about how cats view their human owners.  No one, as of yet, felt the need to comment here, on 'yet another school shooting'.  Meh...sometimes being human doesn't seem worth the effort.

Windex
Windex

@donvon1204 Don't work donvon, it won't take long for the anti-gun idiots to post. As you said, these types of incidents have become common-place, maybe people simply don't want to hear about tragedy.

I hope that the boy and the girl who were wounded recover. I hope that someone holds the parents of the boy who brought the gun responsible for not keeping a weapon out of their child's hands.

tom.litton
tom.litton

@Windex@donvon1204You realize holding people accountable after the fact, doesn't actually prevent anything because, well, it's after the fact.

Are you really satisfied with knowing if your kid gets killed that people will be held accountable?  I would hope, as a society, we could do better then that. 


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