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    just heard about it a minute ago.....rediculous

    Louisiana School Shooting: Student Shoots Himself In The Head After Firing At Teacher
    | May 18, 2009 02:52 PM EST |

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    Larose, La. — A student shot himself in the head Monday at a Louisiana middle school after he pointed a handgun at a teacher who had never taught him, then fired over her head, sheriff's officials said.

    The 15-year-old student, whose name was not released, fired once around 9 a.m. inside a classroom at Larose-Cut Off Middle School, then went into a bathroom and shot himself, said Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre.

    The boy was in critical but stable condition Monday afternoon, said sheriff's spokeswoman Sgt. Lesley Hill-Peters.

    About 500 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders attend the school about 45 miles southwest of New Orleans. Webre said there's no indication the boy was in trouble with the school or the law. The teen had no reason to be in the classroom, he said.

    Several other students described him as a quiet youth who never talked about guns or violence. He was a year or two older than most of his classmates.

    "I believe he had a cousin who was a student in the class," Webre said. "Other than the fact that they are cousins and from the same small community, we have not drawn any other conclusions."

    The school was locked down, and the students were evacuated room by room to a nearby VFW hall. A nearby elementary school was also being evacuated.

    The teen walked to the front of the room and pointed what deputies believe was a .25-caliber chrome pistol at the whiteboard, Hill-Peters said. He tried to fire at the board, but it wouldn't go off. He then stepped forward, pointed the gun at the teacher, raised it and fired a single shot over her head.

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    On Monday afternoon, parents gathered in a line four or five across and more than a block long to get their children.

    "This kind of thing doesn't happen in a place like this," Gay Orgeron said.

    Her 14-year-old daughter, eighth-grader Hailey Orgeron, was weeping. The girl said they had just changed classes for third period when the principal announced, "We need a lockdown."

    Coley Gaspard, 14, said he was in his seventh-grade English and reading class at Larose-Cut Off Middle School when the boy came in just before 9 a.m. The teen yelled for everyone to get down, cursing at the class.

    Nobody moved. Gaspard knew the boy, whom he described as quiet and nice, and thought it was a dramatic enactment for some sort of lesson. Then, he said, the boy walked over and pointed the gun at the teacher, ordering her to say "Hail Marilyn Manson," Gaspard said.

    She said nothing. He fired into the wall and told another boy to get up. The seventh-grader stayed in his seat, and the teen left.

    Hill-Peters, the spokeswoman, said she could not confirm or deny that account.

    "After a situation like this you're going to have a lot of kids, a lot of parents, a lot of people saying a lot of stuff," she said.

    Eighth-grader Dustin Sevin said that he has been close friends with the boy for several years, and that they had the same second-period home room. He said his friend never talked about guns or violence. At the end of second period, his friend said he needed to see the nurse and left with his backpack.

    "That was the last I saw him."



    Police and emergency officials arrive at Larose-Cut Off Middle School in Larose, La., Monday, May 18, 2009. Authorities say a student shot himself in the head at the middle school after he fired at a teacher and missed. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)
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    I am a firm believer in CC on school property, such as here in Utah. Perhaps the teacher would have done nothing even if armed, but this could have turned out very differently. There could have been multiple teachers and students shot. A teacher with a CCP may have chosen to do nothing, and it apperas that could have been the right thing in this situation. But it could also save many lives if a teacher was armed. They are all very lucky that his intended target seemed to be himself.
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    im with you all the way i was actually talking to my grandfather about this earlier he is a retired marine/teacher and when he was principle many moons ago, he was deputized by the sheriff and carried a colt .38special in a shoulder holster here in eastern kentucky. Needless to say he laid the law down and turned the school around
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    Your grandfather sounds like the kind we need more of in the world (and our schools) today.
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    Here we go: Search for the guilty, punishment of the innocent, and promotion for the non-participants.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saber View Post
    Here we go: Search for the guilty, punishment of the innocent, and promotion for the non-participants.
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    Larose is my home town and this goes to show you that this foolishness can happen anywhere. I went to that same school as well as most of my family and my niece was in the room across the hall when that happened earlier today. Please pray for all the kids, they are pretty shaken up with what happened there today.

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    At least the shooter seemed to have forgotten or overlooked a few crucial steps in planning his event.
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    "This kind of thing doesn't happen in a place like this," Gay Orgeron said."

    It did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goldshellback View Post
    "This kind of thing doesn't happen in a place like this," Gay Orgeron said."

    It did.
    ANYwhere, ANYtime!!
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    Unfortunately "places like this" is happening in my home town or yours. There is no such thing as "things don't happen here" any longer. Violence knows no geography today.

    Why is it that even our youngest kids today feel so bad that they get to this point. God Bless our Nation

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    Quote Originally Posted by sigmanluke View Post
    ANYwhere, ANYtime!!
    You can count on it!
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    Very confused kid. Sad all around... could have turned out far worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldshellback View Post
    "This kind of thing doesn't happen in a place like this," Mr. said."

    It did.

    Fixed it for you!
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    Wonder what this will do to pending Legislation In La. There is a new bill on CCW and schools. Jindal said he would sign if it passed.
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