Timberview High School parking lot, Arlington, Texas
Watching the news, this morning. Shooting in a classroom in a Texas high school has come to this view. Dozens of cop cars…they’re trying to find the shooter.
“Let’s put it out on the local news and tell parents to stay away.” You know what’s going to happen, right away. Every parent who hears that jumps in the family cqr (or pickup) and heads to the school. Except the cops have already setup road blocks because they knew what would happen.
So, the freeway is backing up because parents are getting as close as possible to the school…and then simply parking along the edge of the freeway to climb over the railings, fence, to run to the school to help their kids, to help the cops.
Except, this is Texas, after all. Everyone learned how to be a hero from watching John Wayne movies. So, now – the biggest danger is from all the parents who grabbed their rifles – bring ’em along to help the cops, right?
I am so glad my wife and her kin moved out of Arlington and Texas, years ago.
Yes, I realize the TV reporter who told us about parents carrying their rifles to the school – might just be full of crap. All part of it, folks.
One thought on “Think you and your kids are safe?”
“Armed Civilians and the UT [University of Texas] Tower Tragedy” http://behindthetower.org/armed-civilians-and-the-ut-tower-tragedy
“It seemed like every other guy had a rifle. There was a sort of cowboy atmosphere, this “Let’s get him” spirit.” Ann Major, “96 Minutes,” Texas Monthly (August 2006) https://www.texasmonthly.com/articles/96-minutes/
“Behind the Tower: New Histories of the UT Tower Shooting” is a public history of the mass shooting that Charles Whitman carried out at UT Austin on August 1, 1966, the collective work of eleven graduate students and one History professor at The University of Texas at Austin.
It was published in July 2016 to mark the 50th anniversary of the event. http://behindthetower.org/
See also University of Texas tower shooting https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Texas_tower_shooting