Initial thoughts on the Alpine High shooting

Alpine High School

Alpine High School

I’m sure by now you’ve heard of the tragedy that unfolded at Alpine High in Alpine, Texas. A 14-year-old female shot and wounded another female student before the shooter took her own life. As of right now I have not heard anything about the shooter’s name or any kind of motive. I could speculate but there’s really no point in that.

What I would like to address at this point is a quote from this article by the Dallas Morning News

The shooter, who was 14 and who authorities initially believed was another victim, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, said Brewster County Sheriff Ronny Dodson, adding that his department had never had to deal with a situation like this before.

“It’s not supposed to happen here,” he said.

Please, for the love of God, stop saying this. As I’ve said before these shootings tend to happen in smaller communities rather than big cities. I’m sure many of us would have never heard of Paducah, Jonesboro, Littleton or Newtown if it wasn’t for the calamities that happened at these locations.

We need to stop having this mindset, because it’s unfortunately been proven wrong over and over again.

UPDATE 9/11/2016: Authorities have said that the shooter and the victim did not know each other. It was also mentioned that bullying has not been discussed as a motive in the shooting.

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