Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Scaring the herd

In a scene reminiscent of other school shootings, a Northern Virginia Community College teacher spotted a weapon and ducked to avoid gunfire. Students ran from the classroom building while others barricaded themselves inside, piling desks in front of doors.
Thank God nobody was hurt. And by that I mean that God was the only thing standing in between a gunman and his prey.

I would ask why students and their families, cops, and campus faculty aren't screaming outrage from the rafters about how the only approved actionable recourse in the school's standard operating procedure for this type of violence is to collectively bury everyone's head in the sand and wait for guys with guns who are minutes away, but I think I know the answer to that already.

Students who attend college are still considered kids by all accounts that I'm aware of.

The shame of it is is that the school is busy patting itself on the back for a job well done, considering that their email system alerting everyone to cower in a corner actually didn't seem to fail this time. Just look at how orderly everything looks in that little 20 second video clip of students being calmly escorted out of the school by police, after the shooter had voluntarily given up I might add. If he had been firing down on them with his "high-powered" rifle (as opposed to a low powered one?) then things would have been different.

I am glad that nobody was hurt, but ultimately I don't think this ended as well as the school and the media would have you believe. When the hero of the day gets accolades for ducking when shot at and shouting out "RUN," you have to notice how low we're setting the bar.


mike's spot said...

Couldn't agree more. As someone who has spent his entire life in higher ed since 2003, its a sad day. The goal isn't saving lives, its saving face in my assessment.

Unknown said...

Yup. Ultimately, I think that when you follow the reason why the staff feels the need to save face instead of saving lives, it leads to some freaking lawyer. It always leads to a lawyer.