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    Re: Police kill armed eighth-grader in Texas school

    I could be wrong, but I thought the kid had a rifle. How did he make it all the way to the classroom with a rifle?
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    Re: Police kill armed eighth-grader in Texas school

    Quote Originally Posted by Thorgasm View Post
    I could be wrong, but I thought the kid had a rifle. How did he make it all the way to the classroom with a rifle?
    Appears to be a normal CO2 airgun, pistol style.


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    Re: Police kill armed eighth-grader in Texas school

    Quote Originally Posted by Samhain View Post
    Appears to be a normal CO2 airgun, pistol style.

    That makes a lot more sense. Stupid cable news got it wrong again when I first heard about this.
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    Re: Police kill armed eighth-grader in Texas school

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    BROWNSVILLE, Texas - Police shot and killed an armed eighth-grader who "engaged" officers in the main hallway of his middle school on Wednesday, the South Texas school district said.Brownsville school district officials said administrators immediately called police after the student brandished a weapon about 8 a.m., shortly after classes started at Cummings Middle School. When police arrived, the student "engaged" the officers and was shot, district spokeswoman Drue Brown said in an emailed statement.


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    As bad as I feel for the family of the boy, I feel tenfold for the cops. This will mess them up I would think.


    Think it would be safe to say that the events that occured at Columbine changed the rules. The responding police had not just each other to protect but the student body as well.

    No idea what was going on in the 15 year old's head, but actions have consequences. Compassion is warranted for the kid's parents but it sounds like the cops just did what they are are supposed to do in a situation such as this one.


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    Re: Police kill armed eighth-grader in Texas school

    Quote Originally Posted by Viktyr Korimir View Post
    Yes, but the root of the problem is that a certain number of young men grow up wanting to kill everyone they know. For very good reasons. We should work on changing that, instead.
    Exactly. In spite of the all to common dismissal of events like this as "senseless violence", there are, in fact, reasons why kids kill people and if we're going to decrease or eliminate such actions, we need to find and understand the causes.

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    Re: Police kill armed eighth-grader in Texas school

    Quote Originally Posted by ThePlayDrive View Post
    Exactly. In spite of the all to common dismissal of events like this as "senseless violence", there are, in fact, reasons why kids kill people and if we're going to decrease or eliminate such actions, we need to find and understand the causes.
    Good luck finding the answer. I would almost guarantee that the reason change every time. It is called "senseless violence" for a reason; it doesn't make sense. Even after this kind of violence, no one ever seems to agree on the exact reasoning. Best any of us can do is make sure we teach our kids right.
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    Re: Police kill armed eighth-grader in Texas school

    Quote Originally Posted by Chaddelamancha View Post
    Good luck finding the answer. I would almost guarantee that the reason change every time. It is called "senseless violence" for a reason; it doesn't make sense. Even after this kind of violence, no one ever seems to agree on the exact reasoning. Best any of us can do is make sure we teach our kids right.
    Not understanding violence doesn't make the violence itself senseless which is why the label is without merit. Moreover, while a single cause is likely not responsible for all violent actions like the one described in the OP, school shooters tend to share distinct characteristics. Consequently, if we understand the causes of those characteristics among others they might share in addition to any individual circumstances that increase one's chances of committing such violent acts, then those acts may be prevented.

    Maybe the best the average person can do is teach their children, but not "any of us". There are certain some of us like psychiatrists, educators and others, who can do much more.

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    Re: Police kill armed eighth-grader in Texas school

    Quote Originally Posted by dirtpoorchris View Post
    The kid was a band geek and his parents had never even seen him with the airsoft pistol before. Sounds to me like he handled some bully picking on him and tried to scare him with an airsoft and some gun-ho cops shot him. I wonder what exact type and model of pellet gun was used.
    "Gun-ho" cops? I don't think so. The kid should never had been stupid enough to point the gun at police. The police did no wrong, since they weren't the idiot pointing the gun at them.

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    Re: Police kill armed eighth-grader in Texas school

    Quote Originally Posted by ThePlayDrive View Post
    Exactly. In spite of the all to common dismissal of events like this as "senseless violence", there are, in fact, reasons why kids kill people and if we're going to decrease or eliminate such actions, we need to find and understand the causes.
    I believe, if practical, students should be punished more severly for bullying, because obviously it's not being addressed enough.

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    Re: Police kill armed eighth-grader in Texas school

    Quote Originally Posted by Samhain View Post
    Appears to be a normal CO2 airgun, pistol style.

    With this I can't fault the police at all. The gun looks so realistic.

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