Teacher Fires His Gun And Barricades His Classroom, Raising Questions About Arming All Teachers

As a parent, the last couple of weeks have been stressful to say the least. I send my child to school fully knowing that there’s a chance she may not return home.

The issue of gun reform and school safety is probably the most talked about topic as of late, and not only in the media, but by my colleagues at the water cooler and parents whose kids play sports with mine.

We’re all racking our brains to try and come up with a solution that will make our schools safer, because honestly, none of the ones that have been proposed by politicians and advocacy groups seem effective enough.

President Trump proposed that teachers should be armed, so in case of a shooting they would be able to protect themselves and their students. However, an incident that took place at a high school in Georgia has already challenged this solution.

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Jesse Randall Davidson, a social studies teacher and football announcer at Dalton High School, brought a gun to work on Wednesday and fired a shot.

“My favorite teacher at Dalton high school just blockaded his door and proceeded to shoot,” a 16-year-old student named Chondi Chastain wrote on Twitter. “We had to run out the back of the school in the rain. Students were being trampled and screaming. I dare you to tell me arming teachers will make us safe.”

“I feel like there just shouldn’t be guns at school at all,” she continued. “It’s our basic student right to feel safe at school and if (teachers were armed), I wouldn’t feel safe.”

According to reports, Davidson was supposed to be teaching a third period class, but when students came to his classroom door, it was locked and he wouldn’t let them in. Obviously, they did not expect their trusted teacher to be brandishing a gun.

The Five Year Anniversary Of Sandy Hook Tragedy Is Marked With Charity And Love

On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and opened fire on the students and faculty in one of the worst mass shootings to ever occur in this country.

In the aftermath, the dead numbered 20 children, six adults, and Lanza, who turned the gun on himself after his spree had ended.

The country was struck by this horrific act of violence, the pain and trauma multiplied by the senseless loss of children who were just beginning their journey of life. The day it happened we stood frozen watching the TV screen as more information came in about the poor boys and girls who would never come home from school that day.

It was impossible to know the heart-wrenching pain that their parents were going through at the time, and it is something that I’m sure no one is capable of truly getting over.

Yet somehow, life must go on. It would be perfectly understandable for many family members and friends to give up and hide themselves away from the world. But instead, the community has done all it can to connect and provide support to each other in order to continue living without their little ones.

“You have two choices,” said Rebecca Kowalski, mother to 7-year-old Chase, who was killed in the attack. “I could be in the bottom of a bottle; I could not get out of my bed. Or, I could do what’s making us heal a little bit every day.”

In the months that followed the tragedy, the families of the twenty children killed in the shooting reached out to one another and shared stories about their sons and daughters on a website dedicated to preserving the memory of these innocent souls.

Their stories document the quirks and interests of these kids who would never grow up, but would remain in the hearts of their loved ones forever.

“She liked to snuggle on the couch and watch movies with us. Her favorites were The Chipmunks, Lemonade Mouth, and all of the Barbie movies,” reads the memorial to Josephine Gay, who had just turned six-years-old a few days before the gunman robbed her of her life.

After the shooting, a variety of support programs were opened up to the community, but it didn’t stop there. The families decided that the best way to remember the little angels they had lost was to keep the parts of them alive that they could.

A series of charities and campaigns were started in memorial to these kids, and they have gone on to change the lives of children everywhere.

5-Year-Old Church Shooting Survivor Wants You To Send Him A Christmas Card

The family of a little boy who lived through a horrible experience needs your help to give him a merry Christmas this year.

Ryland Ward was one of the youngest survivors of last month’s church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Ryland lost his mother and two of his sisters in the attack, and was shot five times – once in the elbow, twice in the stomach, and twice in the leg.

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The 5-year-old has already been through more surgeries and treatments than most adults to help him recover. He was put on life support machines, including a breathing tube, had a stint placed in his kidney, and needed skin grafts. Ryland will also need to use a wheelchair for months once he’s sent home from the hospital.

While his family expected Ryland would be home for Christmas, trouble with the young boy’s kidney and shattered femur mean he’ll spend the holidays in a hospital bed.

The church in Sutherland Springs was decorated to honor the shooting victims.Bloomberg

Ryland’s grandmother, Sandy Ward, reveals that he hasn’t even heard the worst news yet. “They still haven’t told him yet that his mom and sisters are dead,” she explained to KSAT 12, “but I’m sure he’s kind of getting some kind of idea because he’s 5.”

It’s clear that this tough little guy could use a Christmas pick-me-up, and his family wants your help to make his holidays merry and bright.

Jason Aldean Breaks His Silence On The Las Vegas Shooting

More than six weeks after it happened, America is still grappling with the tragic deaths of 58 innocent people in Las Vegas.

A monument to the Las Vegas shooting victims.WSJ

Hundreds of people were also injured when gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest Festival. While police are still investigating Paddock’s motivations, they say he opened fire on the crowd from his room in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino before taking his own life.

Paddock was a millionaire and known as a professional gambler.David Becker

In the days after the shooting, survivors shared stories of heroes who rescued them from certain death. One of the people recognized for helping to prevent further bloodshed was Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos. He confronted Paddock moments after he opened fire, and helped bring police to his hotel room.

In an emotional interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Campos described the moment he confronted the shooter:

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But Jason Aldean, the country star who was performing on stage when Paddock opened fire on the crowd, has avoided discussing the shooting over the past six weeks. While he’s shared his feelings through social media posts and played at benefit concerts for the shooting victims, he hasn’t given an interview about his experience during the attack. Until now.

Aldean finally sat down to share his memories from that tragic night.Today

Aldean sat down with the Today show this week, sharing his memories of the shooting, and revealing how he’s coping in the aftermath of the tragedy.

If It Wasn’t For These Heroes, The Texas Church Shooting Could Have Been Worse

America was shocked this weekend by the news of another mass shooting, this time in a small church outside of San Antonio, Texas.

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Around 11:30 a.m., during Sunday worship, the gunman opened fire on the crowded church, killing at least 26 people and wounding 20 more. But in the aftermath of the shooting an incredible story of heroism has come to light, revealing how two locals managed to chase down the killer before he could do more harm.

Local man Johnnie Langendorff was driving past the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Sunday when he saw the alleged shooter, Devin Kelley, firing at another bystander. Stephen Willeford, a local plumber, had arrived on scene and exchanged gunfire with Kelley, managing to hit him despite the body armor that Kelley was wearing.

“I pulled up on the intersection and I saw the shooter coming from the cars,” Langerdorff described, “actually right outside the church his vehicle was parked, doors open, engines open and him and the neighbor across the street and exchanging fire.”

When Kelley fled the scene in an SUV, Willeford told Langendorff what had happened inside the church. Soon, the pair were following the gunman in a high speed chase…

She’s Now Friends With The Man Who Shot Her In The Face

Would you be able to forgive someone if they shot you during a random act of crime? I think it’s safe to say that only a minuscule percentage of people would honestly be able to turn the other cheek.

Debbie Baigrie is one of those very rare people.

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In July 1990, Debbie was out with some friends for the first time since having her second child. On the same day, Ian Manuel, who was 13 at the time, was hanging out with some older kids from his neighborhood, one of the poorest and most poverty-stricken housing projects in Tampa Bay. This is also the day their paths crossed for the first time.

Manuel saw Baigrie and approached her before drawing a gun. He asked her to “give it up”, referring to money, before he started shooting. One of the bullets hit Bairgrie in the face, blowing out her jaw and most of her bottom teeth. Several days after the incident, Manuel was arrested for an unrelated crime. While in custody he confessed to the shooting.

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Even though he was only 13 at the time of the shooting, the judge took note of his prior arrest record and decided to make an example of Manuel, sentencing him as an adult, to life in prison without any chance for parole.

Security Guard Injured Trying To Stop Las Vegas Shooting Breaks His Silence On Ellen

After the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas earlier this month, stories of heroism have slowly trickled out through the media.

But one of the people at the heart of the event, the security guard who was the first person to confront the shooter Stephen Paddock, has stayed out of the spotlight since the shooting two weeks ago. Jesus Campos was patrolling the halls of the Mandalay Bay Resort Casino on the night of the shooting.

Police originally said that Campos managed to stop Paddock from firing on the crowd, then changed their story to say that Campos confronted and was shot by Paddock minutes before the shooting. The security guard was expected to clarify what happened that night on a series of TV interviews last week, but he canceled them at the last minute.

It seems that the man many are calling a hero needed time out of the spotlight to reflect on that night and recover. As he told Ellen Degeneres on his first TV since the shooting, Campos is “doing better each day, slowly but surely. Just healing mentally and physically.”

And he also revealed details of his dramatic confrontation with Paddock during the interview…

She Survived Both The San Bernardino and Las Vegas Mass Shootings

The world is a strange place. It can be warm and beautiful, full with life, but it can also be cold and ruthless. For Melissa Castruita, here’s hoping that she finds the rest of her life to be warm and beautiful. She can now be considered one of the world’s luckiest (or unluckiest people, depending on how you look at it) as she has survived not one, but two mass shootings.

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Her fiance remembers the day, December 2, 2015, when he got a text from his fiance while she was working at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, “active shooter.”

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That day changed Castruita’s life forever. Crowds began to make her uneasy, and she often found herself jumping to thoughts of “does that person with their hand in their pocket have a gun?” Time does seem to heal most wounds, because less than two years later she was in the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Festival celebrating her 34th birthday. Fate transpired against her, and the most terrible re-run imaginable began to take place in front of her as bullets started to fly during Jason Aldean’s set.  

Las Vegas Victim Who Showed Respect For President Trump Responds To Internet Bullies

Thomas Gunderson was one of the 500 people who were injured in last week’s shooting in Las Vegas, which is officially the deadliest mass shooting in American history.

Police officers outside the Mandalay Bay casino, after the shooting last week.Red State

The 28-year-old from Newport Beach, California was at the concert with his friends when shots rang out, and was struck in the leg by a bullet. The young man’s life was likely saved by a pair of bystanders who wrapped a belt around his leg as a tourniquet.

While 59 people were killed in the shooting, many were injured, including over a dozen who are still in critical condition. On Wednesday, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited some of the shooting’s victims in Las Vegas.

Gunderson is recovering well, but told Fox News that his gunshot wound makes it “hard to stand, very painful.” That’s what has made this video of his meeting with the president go viral around the world.

I will never lie down when the President of this great country comes to shake my hand! There may be plenty of issues in this country but I will always respect my country, my president and my flag. Shot in the leg or not, I will stand to show my President the respect he deserves!

Posted by Thomas Gunderson on Wednesday, October 4, 2017

While the First Lady can be heard telling Gunderson he should sit down, he insists on standing and shaking the president’s hand. In a message on Facebook, he explained that “There may be plenty of issues in this country but I will always respect my country, my president and my flag.”

But Gunderson’s small gesture has created a big controversy online, and the young man has been forced to respond…

Jason Aldean’s Pregnant Wife Describes “Bullets Flying Past” Her During Vegas Shooting

On Oct 1, thousands of country music fans gathered in Las Vegas for the finale of the Route 91 Harvest festival, but their fun was cut short when Stephen Paddlock fired bullets down on the crowd from the window of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

The 64-year-old’s rampage, which took place during Jason Aldean’s closing set, claimed the lives of 59 people and injured 527.

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Aldean and other celebrities like Garth Brooks have since opened up about the horrific event, expressing their pain, gratitude for the first responders, and urging the nation to “stop the hate.”

Now, days after the senseless tragedy, Aldean’s wife Brittany Kerr Aldean spoke out about being a part of the choas.

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Kerr Aldean, who is pregnant with her first child, was watching her husband’s performance in a tent near the Mandalay when the bullets started raining down.

Of course, the first thing that came to her mind was the fact that she may never get the chance to meet her child. Kerr Aldean took to Instagram to share her sentiments about the experience.

Jason Aldean Shares Emotional Post After The Las Vegas Shooting

On Sunday night, the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States occurred when Stephen Paddock opened fire on concertgoers in Las Vegas, killing fifty-nine people and injuring at least 527.

The attack took place during singer Jason Aldean’s closing set at the Route 91 Harvest festival, a 3-day outdoor country music festival that takes place in Vegas annually.

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Aldean and his band took cover behind the equipment once the bullets were fired. He later updated fans on Instagram to confirm that he and his crew were safe.

“Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still don’t know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that me and my crew are safe,” he wrote. “My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night. #heartbroken #stopthehate.”

A day after the horrific event, the country star has released an emotional statement in which he expressed his pain over the senseless tragedy and urged the nation to come together as one.

More Than 50 Dead And 200 Injured After Las Vegas Shooting

A place that was supposed to be a fun for adults to relax and unwind from their daily lives has turned to tragedy that has taken the lives of over 50 people and injured 200 in the worst mass shooting in modern American history.

A lone gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor into an outdoor country music festival at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on Sunday night.

More than 200 people were injured while performer Jason Aldean was on stage performing on the final night of a three-day Route 91 Harvest festival.

Named Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year in 2017, Aldean assures fans that he and the band were safe in an Instagram post.

“Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still dont know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that Me and my Crew are safe. My Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night. #heartbroken#stopthehate,” he wrote.

At first, people thought the gunfire was fireworks, but only after the second burst did the band stop playing.

“After the second round… everybody hit the ground around us,” concert-goer Sean said on TODAY.

“It seemed like people were hit everywhere.”

The suspect has been identified and the investigation continues.

Hero Teacher Risks Life, Takes Down A Gunman In High School Cafeteria

When shots were fired early Wednesday morning at Mattoon High School students scrambled to take cover.

While others ran away from the blasts a teacher and a school resource officer raced toward the sounds coming from the cafeteria to investigate.

Inside the large room, Angela McQueen, who teaches geometry and algebra, spotted a male student firing what appeared to be a shotgun.

People embrace outside of Mattoon High School.after the shooting.CNN