Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Armed resource officer unintentionally fires his gun in school

After the Sandy Hook shooting, the Highland Central School District in Highland, New York, took the NRA's advise and began a program where an armed police resource officers patrolled its schools.

Yesterday, one of those officers unintentionally fired his weapon in the school.  Luckily no one was injured.

The program is now suspended.

From an article:
Police Officer Sean McCutcheon for the town of Lloyd, N.Y., accidentally fired his gun at 1:38 p.m. Tuesday in Highland High School's hallway, the district said. No one was injured, and no students or staff were nearby when the gun went off.  ...
Mark Wallen, 43, whose son is a senior at the high school, questioned the value of having armed guards in the schools. He called the choice to have an armed officer in schools a "knee-jerk reaction." 
"What if a kid had been killed? We got lucky this time and that's purely what it is," Wallen said. 
McCutcheon was assigned as a resource officer following a Jan. 3 special school board meeting, according to the district website. 
Following that meeting, district officials said they were discussing efforts to enhance safety and security in the buildings with local law enforcement. Administrators were exploring hiring trained security personnel with law-enforcement backgrounds and allowing them to carry their side arms in the building. 
Police Chief Daniel Waage assigned McCutcheon to the role while logistics and details for a more comprehensive plan are being developed. ...
McCutcheon, a veteran police officer who served more than two decades with the New Paltz, N.Y., police before joining the Lloyd police, was on routine patrol with no one around when he mistakenly shot his gun, Lloyd Supervisor Paul Hansut said. 
He is a part-time officer with Lloyd and is the only school resource officer in the Highland district. He rotates between the three school buildings, Haab said.

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