There was an accidental shooting today in a Texas school district that responded to the Sandy Hook murders by arming its faculty with guns.
Glenn Geddie, a maintenance worker at a high school in Van, TX, is in fair condition after his weapon accidentally discharged and a ricocheting bullet wound up in his leg.
Ouch! That's horrible!
It's unclear whether or not the shooting happened on school grounds, but the Van Independent School District issued a statement:
"At the conclusion of the CHL training on February 27, 2013, one certified person stayed for private instruction with the instructor and had a mechanical malfunction with his weapon. With the assistance of the instructor, the malfunction was addressed, but the gun misfired and the bullet ricocheted coming back to strike the VISD employee in the left leg. The VISD employee was attended to at the scene and transferred to Tyler for further treatment. The injury is not life threatening or disabling. Because of privacy and security issues we cannot make any further statement."
A slew of heated gun-related debates have engulfed the nation since last year's unfathomable tragedy in Newtown.
While we can empathize with those grasping at any straws they can to protect their children, we can't imagine what a principal might tell the parents of a student who was accidentally by a teacher authorized to carry a gun in the classroom.
Even with the proper training, care, and certification, firearm accidents happen and people get hurt.
Surrounding kids with more weapons sounds like an unreasonable solution to a scary problem!
Hopefully Glen makes a full & speedy recovery!
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