On Wednesday, students across the nation walked out of school for 17 minutes to protest Republicans’ inaction after yet another school shooting (and multiple since then) in Florida. But students in the Atascadero Unified School District in California were forced to skip the protest because of — you guessed it — threats of gun violence.
Atascadero High School was placed on lockdown after a student threatened to shoot up the school just before 8 a.m. The student was taken into custody and police searched his home. No weapons were found, but then another school in the district had a, unspecified gun incident.
The entire school district was then placed on lockdown because of “safety concerns at two of our sites.”
The district-wide lockdown was ultimately lifted and some students went through with the walkout despite the threats, highlighting the adamancy of students’ resolve in making sure that they are safe from the NRA and their acolytes.
At around the same time, Righetti High School in Santa Maria was also placed on lockdown after rumors of a gun on campus surfaced.
While Trump and friends have suggested arming teachers and filling the schools with more cops, Tuesday managed to show us how bad of an idea that was when a trained teacher accidentally fired his gun, injuring three students. In a separate incident, a school resource officer accidentally discharged his weapon inside a middle school.
Republicans love to tell us there’s nothing to fear, but this is multiple gun threats in the same area on a day when students planned to take a stand against gun violence in schools. If you can’t see the problem with that, you’re not human enough to be part of the debate.
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