Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Another Possible Columbine Prevented

I wish to congratulate the police department and schools of Oxford Michigan for paying attention to what was going on a connecting the dots, preventing what could have been a catastrophe. A 16 year old Michigan youth in that town had a collection of 16 bombs in his home and few other assorted things along with blueprints for his school. They caught him because of an arson that cost his school district a quarter of a million dollars. As bad as that was it could have been a lot worse. The story is here.

When I think about this I remember when I was in school. We took hunter safety right inside the school. I saw guns in the backs of my classmates cars in the parking lot (a lot of them had gunracks). You occasionally saw one in the building, usually headed to shop class for work on them. (They were allowed in certain areas but there was a strict protocol for bringing them in, storing them and working on them; they could not be loaded and the principal had to know they were coming in, where they were, and who they belonged to, as well as had the power to deny permission, and they were locked up in woodshop until their owners started doing whatever he was going to do to them. I don't believe ammunition of any sort was allowed in the school.) That was a different world.

Times have changed but have they really? A short drive from where I live is the town of Bath Michigan where in 1927 a disgruntled citizen, Andrew P Kehoe, set off an explosion that destroyed the school building and killed many children in a slaughter far worse than Columbine. The story is now part of our local lore. It is not entirely a new problem by any means. There have always been both adults and children willing to kill large numbers of children for whatever reason.

Update: Added a photo of the destroyed Bath School

5 Comments:

Blogger Philosopher said...

This is my first time here and I could not help noticing the comic on the top of the page here is a really good link-

http://streams.cei.org/

Now on the post:

Wow, its interesting. The only thing we here about( from the media) are the ones that work, not the ones that the get stopped.

12:13 PM  
Blogger ABFreedom said...

Wasn't there an incident down around Kansas someplace a couple of weeks ago as well? I seem to recall a foiled plot, and this would make two.

I remember those days as well... just about every truck in existance had a gun rack. Kind of a real rare site now. In fact I don't recall seeing one for years.

10:05 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Gun racks are not a rare site here, but they aren't allowed in trucks of highschool kids.

Yes, Shoprat, evil has been around for a long, long time, hasn't it? Anyone who could do something like that doesn't deserve a trial!

10:49 PM  
Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy said...

Scary, in more ways than one...

10:55 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

abf Such things are caught more often than we realize, but they don't get a lot of attention.

Gayle. Evil is as old as man.

10:57 PM  

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