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    Re: Police kill armed eighth-grader in Texas school

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    Re: Police kill armed eighth-grader in Texas school

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    I believe, if practical, students should be punished more severly for bullying, because obviously it's not being addressed enough.
    they've implimented far more strict "anti-bullying" policies . . . but sometimes they backfire - my 2nd son has been in "trouble" in situations where he was not at fault for what happened. If school officials had more common sense - and didn't go too far, too fast and overeacted to everything these days then there would be less of a chance for backfire when they impliment heavier policies.

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    Re: Police kill armed eighth-grader in Texas school

    I am sure someone has already mentioned it, but the kid had a pellet gun. The parents believe the police overreacted, and the police chief is saying they did the right thing.

    Sad day.
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    Re: Police kill armed eighth-grader in Texas school

    Quote Originally Posted by Blue_State View Post
    I am sure someone has already mentioned it, but the kid had a pellet gun. The parents believe the police overreacted, and the police chief is saying they did the right thing.

    Sad day.
    It is a sad day, since the kid pointed a realistic pellet gun at police. Understandably, the parents are grieving, so it's natural they'd think the police overreacted.

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    Re: Police kill armed eighth-grader in Texas school

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    It is a sad day, since the kid pointed a realistic pellet gun at police. Understandably, the parents are grieving, so it's natural they'd think the police overreacted.
    I think the police were in their right. I was just updating on the news that was coming out today.
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    Re: Police kill armed eighth-grader in Texas school

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    It is a sad day, since the kid pointed a realistic pellet gun at police. Understandably, the parents are grieving, so it's natural they'd think the police overreacted.
    What did the parents expect? Were the officers supposed to wait until they were actually taking fire before responding in kind? If that picture is the pellet gun the kid was carrying, it looks like a good enough replica of a Glock that I'd feel threatened if someone was brandishing one at me. I feel for the parents, I really do, but the officers on scene really wouldn't have had any other option. Pellet gun or not, this kid forced their hand.
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    Re: Police kill armed eighth-grader in Texas school

    Quote Originally Posted by theangryamerican View Post
    What did the parents expect? Were the officers supposed to wait until they were actually taking fire before responding in kind? If that picture is the pellet gun the kid was carrying, it looks like a good enough replica of a Glock that I'd feel threatened if someone was brandishing one at me. I feel for the parents, I really do, but the officers on scene really wouldn't have had any other option. Pellet gun or not, this kid forced their hand.
    Grief does not often beget rationality and understanding.

    Consequently, as Wake said, it's understandable that the parents would question the police officers' actions.

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    Re: Police kill armed eighth-grader in Texas school

    The kid probably didn't consider that it looked real to the cops. He probably thought, "It's not real, they won't shoot me." He was wrong. The police were justified in shooting him.
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    Re: Police kill armed eighth-grader in Texas school

    Face it, if the kid was 15 and still in the eighth grade, he clearly wasn't the brightest porchlight on the block.

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    Re: Police kill armed eighth-grader in Texas school

    I know if some kid pointed that thing at me I would most likely wet myself.

    It's just all around sad. Death by stupid. Happens all the time at that age. Kids run out into streets. Just all kinds of stupid **** can get ya killed.

    Sad for everybody involved.

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