Back to school shootings

It’s open season on children and teenagers in the United States, as students head back to school without action to stem the tide of deadly gun violence after the year 2018 began with 23 school shootings where someone was hurt or killed in the first 21 weeks.

As summer vacation came to an end, the bad news began again swiftly.

A 15-year-old Rhode Island student was shot and killed outside a high school on just the second day of classes.

Providence Police Chief Col. Hugh Clements said the teen died after he was shot outside the Providence Career and Technical Academy on Wednesday afternoon following a fight with another teen.

A 16-year-old Providence boy believed to be a street gang member was charged with murder, assault with a deadly weapon and multiple felony gun offenses in connection with the shooting of 15-year-old William Parsons.

A 19-year-old New Jersey victim suffered a gunshot wound to his thigh Thursday, September 6, on the 900 block of East State Street in Trenton, about a block away from P.J. Hill Elementary School, which had just dismissed students early due to the heat.

Officials say a gunman walked up and fired several rounds into a vehicle that was stuck in traffic around 1:15 p.m. shooting out the passenger windows of the car and striking the victim, who was taken to the hospital by private means.

The Barnwell County Sheriff’s Office in South Carolina said shots rang out in the parking lot of Williston-Elko High School after a football game but school superintendent Dr. Marcella Heyward said nobody was injured in the shooting.

The Williston Police Department is investigating the incident, which took place at about 9:50 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7. Williston Police Chief Rodney Pruitt said officers chased and stopped a vehicle with at least two people inside following the shooting.

An officer fired one shot at a man who had driven onto the campus of Gilroy High School and was driving recklessly on Sunday afternoon.

Police Capt. Joe Deras said the driver accelerated directly at one of the responding officers, who fired a single shot before the man swerved away.

No one was hit by gunfire or injured, Deras said. The driver eventually spun out on a practice football field, where he was taken into custody by Gilroy police, who ordered an evacuation of the school’s football stadium during a youth tournament due to the incident.

The Associated Press is reporting that three Chicago teenagers are in critical condition after being shot on Monday, Sept. 10, near a South Side high school.

The teens, ages 16, 17 and 18, were taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center. The 16-year-old old was shot in the left shoulder, the 17-year-old was struck in the upper left leg and the 18-year-old was wounded in the right arm and left armpit.

Two victims ran to Chatham Academy High School. Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said the third victim was found a short distance away.

Police said they could not immediately say if the victims were students at Chatham Academy High School.

A 17-year-old boy was caught with a loaded handgun Monday at San Diego’s alternative educational program for students who have been expelled from mainstream high schools.

Officials at ALBA Community Day School searched the 11th grade student shortly after he arrived at the school at about 9:15 a.m., and found a loaded 22-caliber revolver in the boy’s pants pocket.

The student, who apparently had not issued any threats or brandished the pistol on campus, was arrested by school police and booked into juvenile hall. His name was withheld because he is a minor.

As yet there have been no reports on the magnitude of tragedies that marked the beginning of the year.

In one of those cases, a teenager used a shotgun and a revolver to kill 10 people and wound 10 others at Santa Fe High School, in Santa Fe, a town not far from Houston in southeastern Texas, on Friday, May 18.

Another incident involved a 19-year-old man who gunned down students and staff with an AR-15 rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida,

That slaying of 17 students and adults happened on February 14, after the alleged gunman had been expelled over disciplinary problems.

No federal legislation to protect children has been enacted despite a nationwide outcry from parents and students, which immediately followed the Parkland massacre.

Among their demands are calls to close loopholes in federal background check laws to require that firearms buyers are not forbidden by law.


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