I am less sympathetic to the idiots that shoot themselves.<quoted text>
Human error is something I touched on already, granted it just takes one mistake to take a life we all can't account for the stupid that would drop a loaded gun with I am assuming with the safety off in a classroom, let alone what the hell he was doing with it un-holstered and in a fanny pack of all fu@#ing places.
However: hundreds are killed by accident every year. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand what would happen if thousand more guns are put into public schools, e.g., in purses and fanny packs and handbags and left in desk drawers.
Missing: why wasn't this idiot arrested for the discharge?
While legislators in several states are seeking to arm teachers or place police officers in schools, a recent incident at a high school in Highland, N.Y., forced the district to put its school resource officer program on hold.
According to local reports, officer Sean McCutcheon discharged his gun in a school hallway Tuesday while on duty at Highland High School. Though the circumstances surrounding the incident are currently under investigation, Highland Central School District Superintendent Deborah Haab said it was an accident.
"No students or staff were in the area when the weapon discharged, and no one was injured as a result of this accidental discharge," Haab told reporters and parents during a meeting Tuesday evening (see video above). "Moving forward, I'm sure the board will be having a discussion about overall school security."
The apparent mishap occurred near the end of the school day, at 1:38 p.m., while McCutcheon was patrolling the school.
Though Town of Lloyd Police Chief Daniel Waage refused to discuss specifics, the Times Herald-Record reports that Waage confirmed McCutcheon has undergone drug and alcohol tests as part of the investigation. McCutcheon was not expected to return to work Wednesday, and the school district's resource officer program has been suspended pending the results of the inquiry.
The incident highlights a larger question, part of the national debate among legislators, teachers and parents: Should guns be allowed in schools as a protective measure, and if so, who should carry them?