A shooting at a Nevada Middle School has left many in shock and searching for answers. The shooter was a 12 year-old boy, whose name has not been released as of yet. He killed one person other than himself, math teacher Mike Landsberry, and from eye witness accounts, it is likely that Landsberry saved several students from getting shot.
The Nevada school shooting happened on a playground, not in a classroom like previous reports had said. The shooter took a 9mm gun to school, most likely taken from his parents. The boy shot a fellow student, causing others to run away. Mr. Landsberry approached the shooter and tried to talk him down. The boy responded by shooting and killing Mr. Landsberry. He shot one other student, then used the gun to take his own life.
Classmates are saying that the Nevada school shooter is not someone they ever would have thought would do something like this.
"He was really a nice kid," schoolmate Amaya Newton said. "He would make you smile when you were having bad day."
Newton also added that the shooter had some trouble with school bullies, noting that she "saw him getting bullied a couple of times, and I think he took out his bullying."
We can’t eradicate school bullying, but we can work to minimize it and provide support for bullied kids. The bigger piece of this, however, is that the Nevada shooter had access to a gun. We don’t know if he was supposed to never touch it, or if he had instructions in case of emergencies, but 12 year-olds should not have unsupervised access to deadly weapons.