I read somewhere that a student said they heard him say "I'm going to kill everyone." What were they supposed to think?
I don't want to see religious bigotry in any form. It would disturb me if there was wedding between the religious fundamentalists and political right. The hard right has no interest in religion except to manipulate it. ~ Billy Graham in Parade magazine February 1, 1981.
Without knowing the exact circumstances, it's impossible to say whether the police acted rightly in shooting him or not. I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt though unless evidence to the contrary comes out. It's sad that it happened though definitely. I wonder what the kid's motivation was?
If you build a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day.
If you set a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
Something I think may be just as disturbing, suppose the altercation with the other student lead to him contemplating suicide. And since most children from these days and times know police shoot to kill, all he would have to do is point something at them. (something dark colored it doesn't even have to be a gun!?!)
Well, I for one feel terrible for the boy's family and for the cops involved. I can't imagine having to live with knowing that a teenager was killed brandishing what turned out to be a pellet gun.
It was not the fault of the police. They did was they were trained to do, what they had to do. Nonetheless, this is still going to traumatize the crap out of them, and all the kids in that school who heard/saw it happen.
A tragedy caused by the utter stupidity and volitility of a childish teenaged brain. Damn.