It wasn’t as widely reported as Parkland or Santa Fe, but there was another school shooting last week, this one in Noblesville, Indiana on Friday. The shooter was a student who asked for permission to leave the classroom and returned armed with two handguns. This time, nobody died. Care to know why? Because the shooter was stopped by the unarmed teacher. A good guy without a gun stopped a bad guy with a gun. And that, my friends, explains why you may not have heard about this school shooting – it wasn’t sensationalist enough for the media, since nobody died, and it wasn’t in keeping with the NRA’s motto.The teacher was 29-year-old Jason Seaman, who is being hailed as a hero. The shooter entered the classroom and immediately began firing, hitting one female student. Mr. Seaman sprang into action, charging the shooter and knocking him to the ground. He was shot three times in the process, but has had surgery and is out of the hospital and doing well. This is his statement:
“I want to let everyone know that I was injured but am doing great. To all the students, you are all wonderful and I thank you for your support. You are the reason I teach.”
Fortunately, the shooter had only handguns and not an assault weapon, else the ending might have been much, much worse. And fortunately, Mr. Seaman was quick-thinking and courageous.
An editorial in The Washington Post begins …
“The national cable-news shows didn’t air Friday’s media briefings about the latest school shooting. The attack in Noblesville, Ind., was the third in just the span of a week, after all. And only two people were shot. Good news, right?
Wrong. Wrong on so many levels. Wrong that we are becoming accustomed to a world in which our children are potential targets. Wrong that we should have to feel grateful only two people were shot. And wrong to believe those two people were the only victims Friday when a student at Noblesville West Middle School opened fire.”
What is the limit? What is the number of students that must be injured in a single shooting event before it becomes major news? Is it 5? 10? Or … is it only major ‘BREAKING NEWS!’ if someone dies? After Santa Fe two weeks ago, many people were stunned to read that it was the 22nd school shooting this year so far. Why? Because few were covered at any length … a mere mention below-the-fold on page 22. I have been guilty of this also, in part because if it doesn’t scream in the headlines, it may not come onto my radar, and in part because I feared that too much coverage could lead to the dilution of the topic … that people would begin to take a ‘ho-hum’ attitude.
But we simply cannot allow the shooting of school children to become the norm. We cannot become complacent. We cannot afford to simply shrug our shoulders and send our useless, meaningless ‘thoughts and prayers’. We can no longer simply be thankful that it wasn’t in our neighborhood, wasn’t our own children.
I no longer call on the republicans in Congress who have time and time again blocked any attempts to limit access to guns, especially assault weapons, to get off their posteriors and do what We The People are telling them to do. Nope … they had their chances … far too many chances. Instead, I am calling on every person who is eligible to vote in November to do so, to vote for the candidate, whomever he or she is in your state, who promises to fight the NRA, who promises to fight for sensible and serious laws to prevent our children being murdered.
Oh, and by the way … Mike Pence, former governor of Indiana, sent his thoughts and prayers.