School Security: As the School Year Begins, Shootings Resume
With the beginning of a new school year, school shootings have also resumed. On September 28, a teenager with a handgun opened fire at an elementary school in Townville, South Carolina, about 40 miles southwest of Greenville, fatally wounding a six-year-old boy and also wounding another male student and a female teacher. The deceased student died in a hospital three days after the shooting. Investigators believe the suspect killed his father at home, then drove to the school where he crashed the pickup truck (see photo) and began firing at children who were coming outside to play.
The South Carolina shooting follows an incident at a high school in Alpine, in west Texas, on September 9, in which a 14-year-old girl killed herself after shooting and wounding a 17-year-old female student. Police said last week the shooter intended to kill her 14-year-old stepbrother, but her plans were disrupted when she encountered the other girl, who saw her weapon, in a restroom. After wounding the 17-year-old, the younger girl fatally shot herself in the head.
In a recent gun-related incident at a school in New Jersey, a 15-year-old student at Absegami High School in Galloway Township (Atlantic County) was arrested on September 23 after school officials were told he was carrying a handgun on campus. As police approached him, the suspect appeared to grasp something in his pocket and then fled. When police apprehended him, he had no weapon on him, but a loaded .38-caliber handgun was found under the nearby bleachers.