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Friday, October 12, 2012

Gun-Crazy Country: Student Shoots Himself In Front of Class

Posted by on Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 8:16 AM

CNN...

A North Dakota freshman walked in front of his class, made an apology and then shot himself with a handgun Thursday morning, Richland County authorities said.
The injured boy was coherent when he was taken to a hospital, said Principal Jay Townsend of Fairmont Public School, which has 112 students from kindergarten through 12th grade.
Authorities don't know what the apology was about, Sheriff Larry Leshovsky said.
The student wasn't in any kind of trouble that the principal was aware of.

Though reason is certain that the root of this sad incident is complicated, the instincts find it hard not to give some weight to the simple fact that the life of this young man has been entirely spent in a rural community with less than 400 people.

 

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Cato the Younger Younger 1
I don't care what the NRA freaks say...this shit simply doesn't happen in other western countries. There is some serious shit wrong in the US. And it's getting worse.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on October 12, 2012 at 9:02 AM · Report this
Banna 2
Jeremy?
Posted by Banna http://www.ucp.org on October 12, 2012 at 9:04 AM · Report this
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mudede, would you please just write a coherent sentence, please?
Posted by kasper on October 12, 2012 at 9:08 AM · Report this
Posted by Matt from Denver on October 12, 2012 at 9:31 AM · Report this
Keister Button 5
The USA: not as bad as the Russian Federation when it comes to males aged 15 - 19 attempting suicide in 2004. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/article…
The popular wisdom in Yankland is "guns solve arguments and make everything better." Maybe the drinking age should be lowered so males can temporarily obliterate their troubles instead of heading for Grandpa's gun case or Mom's medicine cabinet. Or maybe you people need to import some competent child psychologists.
Posted by Keister Button on October 12, 2012 at 9:47 AM · Report this
Wicked Virgin 6
Charles, I wish you'd stop making speculative comments about the recently deceased.
Posted by Wicked Virgin http://goo.gl/nBxVY on October 12, 2012 at 9:54 AM · Report this
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Oh, yes. And of course it has something to do with being rural. I forgot that ubiquitous, urban black-on-black violence is just a big myth in Mudede World.
Posted by Stranger'sWorstNightmare on October 12, 2012 at 10:07 AM · Report this
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Whose instincts Charles?
Posted by Cherry2000 on October 12, 2012 at 10:09 AM · Report this
thatsnotright 9
Do not people, including young men, in communities far larger shoot themselves? What has rurality to do with this? You have a lot of distinct prejudices which make one wonder whether you are applying reason at all. It sounds more like reaction, charles.
Posted by thatsnotright on October 12, 2012 at 10:28 AM · Report this
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Every factor in this young mans life led to the incident. Small town rural life can be nurturing and comforting, it can be claustrophobic and malicious... These things are true of urban life as well. One thing is for sure.. More and more people are making the choice that life is worthless and TO ME there seems a correlation to the values of our nation. The US places little value on human life, if it stands in the way of RIGHT. Think on the "wrongness" inside the person that powers the choice to commit such an act of public defiance and disgust as this young man felt obligated to do.
Posted by pupuguru http://www.godsweed.org on October 12, 2012 at 10:37 AM · Report this
lark 11
Good Morning Charles,
Gonna part with you big time. The fact that this tragic incident occurred in a very small rural community has no relevance whatsoever. Clearly, the student was troubled. And, as you acknowledged it is indeed more complicated.

Let's hope this young man pulls through. My empathy is with the community.
Posted by lark on October 12, 2012 at 10:55 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 12
@1: Young people in other countries also committ suicide you know.

Unless you are only finding it distasteful because he used a gun, in which case you would be completely insane.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on October 12, 2012 at 11:09 AM · Report this
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I guess Jeremy's spoken or something.
Posted by Jizzlobber on October 12, 2012 at 12:04 PM · Report this

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