Boy to be charged soon in New Mexico school shooting


New Mexico authorities were working Wednesday to bring juvenile charges soon against a 12-year-old boy accused of opening fire at his school and wounding two students before a staff member persuaded him to lay down his shotgun, officials said.

The boy, who has not been identified publicly, will be formally charged Wednesday or Thursday as a juvenile, Roswell-based District Attorney Janetta Hicks of the state’s Fifth Judicial District said in a phone interview.

The shooting at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell Tuesday, in which a boy, 11, and a girl, 13, were wounded, took place in the school gym, where students tend to wait during inclement weather before lessons begin.

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Another school shooting!

Just read an article in regards to another school shooting, which took place in Roswell, New Mexico, at the Berrendo Middle School. As a result, two children shot, a thirteen year old female and an eleven year old male. According to the latest update, respectively, one child is in serious condition and the other is critical. The shooter is a fourteen year male child. Some may disagree with me referring to the victims and shooter as children, but in my opinion they are children.

Apparently the shooter entered the school’s gymnasium where the students congregate prior to the start of school. He removed a shotgun from his violin case and shot the two victims. He then fired one shot into the air, and then placed the weapon on the ground; well, that is one story. The other is that a teacher talked him into placing the weapon on the ground. I am not sure which is true.

This horrible incident will no doubt bring out the left and their anti-gun stance, and as a result, the right will respond in kind with their pro-gun stance. It is the same response with every active shooter incident.

Guns have been around for a long time. I remember the 60s, 70s and 80s and hijackings, terrorist incidents, etc., of the time. However, active shooter incidents in schools were almost non-existent. Is it a breakdown of society, or is it an ever more permissive society? Is it a breakdown of the family unit? Are children not taught how to deal with situations with words, and as a result, they opt to utilize weapons or other forms of violence to settle real or perceived slights? Does anyone think children may be overwhelmed with too many activities?

These are just a few questions, and I am not sure if they are the correct questions I should be asking. Also, does anyone remember during the 70s when psychiatric hospitals were closed because of budget cuts, which resulted in the majority of residents/patients released onto the streets without treatment? Now bear with me. They eventually had children who may have inherited their respective parent’s mental illness and in turn they had children. Does that make sense? We need to direct way more funds into mental health clinics and hospitals. It should not be difficult to access mental health treatment.

An attempt can be made to control guns; make new gun laws, etc. However, the only individuals who obey any laws are law-abiding citizens. The criminal element does not obey laws. That is why they are criminals. It has to be a combination of common sense gun laws, background checks and a retooling of society. We are slipping further and further away; heading right into anarchy. The government must immediately direct funds into mental health research and treatment.

Instead of blaming the police, teachers; what we did not have during the childhood years, etc., let’s take responsibility for what we have created. We need to do it now.


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