After the Newtown school massacre, I compiled a list of 6 simple things we can do in the wake of massacres without government. This was item number 2:
2. Train our kids: When they see something troublesome or wrong, say something. If a young classmate exhibits bizarre or violent behavior toward himself/herself, other students, teachers, or parents, report it right away. If it gets ignored, say it louder. Don’t give up. Don’t just shrug off the “weirdo” saying/doing dangerous things and don’t just hope someone else will act.
The shooting at Taft High School in Kern County, California, yesterday illuminates the importance of this very point — and the need for parents to back up their kids when they speak out. It turns out that a few students did speak up about the ticking time bomb in their midst. As Twitchy reports exclusively, students voiced their concerns about the alleged shooter on Twitter back in December — and were then apparently called into the vice principal’s office. Instead of the school taking action, however, it appears the whistleblowing students were instead disciplined for tweeting about the student. They had warned that the disturbed classmate had “made a hit list” and “always talks about murder like he’s obsessed with it.” Back in December, students also talked about the alleged shooter’s animosity for a student named “Bowe.”
Bowe Cleveland was the student who was shot yesterday.
Who dropped the ball at the school, and why?