Was the Hug High student shot by police a special needs student? Does it matter?

Was the Hug High shooter a special needs student? Does it matter?

So far I’ve only seen this being reported in the Daily Mail so take that for what it’s worth. However, they are reporting that 14-year-old Logan Clark was a special needs student. Clark was the student at Hug High School in Reno, Nevada, who was shot by police after wielding knives in the high school.

What I haven’t seen reported is what his special need was. Since the bullying claim seems dubious, in my opinion, I would lay odds that it will be claimed he has Asperger’s. I am not saying that Asperger’s is a made up disorder or anything like that. What I am saying is, that when it comes to deflecting blame from those responsible for school violence a lot of suspects and defense attorneys will blame the crime committed on the suspect’s Asperger’s Syndrome. Asperger’s does not make anyone a killer and doesn’t corrupt anyone’s sense of right or wrong. To claim otherwise does a great disservice to people who truly have Asperger’s.

Previously, Clark’s father had spoken to the media saying that his son was protecting himself from bullying. Now, his mother has taken to Facebook to also blame other people besides her own son…

‘Our so-called protectors have a duty to set an example themselves. When there is an out of control child, police have a legal and moral duty to subdue rather than shoot to kill or maim.

‘What this boy needs most now are nurturing and the government’s protection from the violence of bullies. So government has failed in two ways. First by harming him, and second by not protecting him in the first place,’ she said.

‘You don’t shoot kids. You don’t shoot our kids. That should be a last resort if any resort.’

Except your son allegedly cut someone in the face before taunting police and refusing to drop his weapons. I don’t know where you got this idea that police have a legal and moral duty to subdue, but they do have a duty to protect as many people as possible and in this case it meant stopping your son before he could hurt anyone else. Personally, I think that parents have a moral and legal duty to prevent their kids from taking weapons to school.

On a somewhat unrelated note, Clark’s father was recently arrested for allegedly driving under the influence. I could never understand the stress that his family is going through right now, so this could be just a one time offense. However, if there is a history of alcohol abuse in the family that could explain so much of what is wrong with this story.

UPDATE 1/2/2017: Clark is being moved to a rehabilitation hospital and is said to be communicating with his family.

Hug High School student who was shot by police was looking for a fight

Hug High School student who was shot by police was looking for a fight

Reno, Nevada, police have recently released new information about the student that was shot there by police earlier this month. While the 14-year-old student has not been identified by police or media, his family has identified him as Logan Clark.

After interviewing over 100 people, Reno police say that not only had Clark allegedly taken knives to school previously, but he did so in order to initiate a fight with another student

Police say during the course of the investigation it was learned the 14-year-old boy who was shot December 7, 2016 had taken knives to school on the days leading up to the incident, with the apparent intent to start a fight with another student. That altercation didn’t happen, but December 7, just before the shooting incident, the 14-year-old was involved in an altercation with a different student.

What’s the term for someone who goes around looking for a fight in school while armed? It’s on the tip of my tongue. Oh, that’s right, a bully. Funny how that always seems to work out.

According to police, not only did Clark cut the face of the student involved in the altercation but he also allegedly made ‘challenging statements’ to police while refusing to comply with police orders to disarm. It’s really no wonder this kid got shot, but let’s blame police instead for not talking to him about his feelings.

Speaking of police, there have still not been any charges filed against the acting officer or against Clark.

Father of Hug High knife-wielding suspect makes excuses for his son

Father of Hug High knife-wielding suspect makes excuses for his son

The teen suspect who was shot by a police officer at Hug High in Nevada, has been identified by his father as 14-year-old Logan Clark. An interview with Logan’s father recently aired on the Today Show on NBC. I recommend not only reading the article, but watching the video as well. I’ve included the video in its entirety below.

While I’m obviously saddened that his son is in a medically induced coma I have a number of issues with his telling of the story. First off, one of the knives that Clark is seen wielding in the video appears to be a rather lengthy knife. Even if it is a butter knife, like his father claims, it can still cause a considerable amount of damage. The second thing is his so-called defensive posture. What Clark’s father calls defensive I call wildly flailing into a crowd which could be viewed as an offensive move. Lastly, your son gave police no time to get to know him, not like that’s their job anyway. All the officer knew was that there was a male suspect brandishing a knife who allegedly refused to comply to police requests to relinquish the knife. The police officer had a split decision to make, viewed Clark as a threat to other students, and in my opinion acted accordingly. To put it bluntly Clark gave the officer no choice. That is the reality of it.

What no one seems to be talking about is the state of the officer. Do you think that the officer is happy that he put a 14-year-old kid into a medical coma? Do you think he was out that night drinking pitchers of beer with his friends celebrating another shooting? I know it’s real popular to hate on cops these days, but even an officer drawing his weapon in the heat of duty can be a traumatic experience. This officer not only drew his weapon but discharged it into the chest of a 14-year-old boy. The officer is probably wracked with guilt thinking if there was something else he could have possibly done. A number of years ago there was a shooting in a Florida school where a kid was holding another student hostage with a gun. When police arrived the kid refused to drop the gun and was shot and killed by a police officer. The gun turned out to be a realistic looking pellet gun. While it was ruled that the officer had acted within the lines of the law he left law enforcement over the incident.

Police are not superheroes who can immediately know the history of every suspect and then instantaneously reason them into surrendering. They’re human beings who sometimes have to make decisions of life and death within the blink of an eye in order to protect innocent lives from coming to harm. Would you want that responsibility? I know I sure as hell wouldn’t.

Cop shoots knife wielding teen at Nevada High School. Was this level of force necessary?

Cop shoots knife wielding teen at Nevada High School. Was this level of force necessary?

This past Thursday in Reno, Nevada, a school resource officer shot a student who was allegedly brandishing a knife at Hug High School. The teen was ordered to drop his weapon but when he failed to comply he was shot. The 14-year-old student is currently in critical condition but is expected to survive.

Many in the community, including the suspect’s family, think that the level of force used was excessive. Through their lawyer the family said

“There are many questions to be answered as to what happened and what could have been done to avoid the use of lethal force,” the boy’s family said in a statement Thursday.

“We believe options were available to law enforcement that were not pursued,” the family said, adding: “All matters will be fully investigated and all answers necessary sought out.”

While it was not mentioned in this instance yet, in previous similar instances some people have asked why couldn’t the officer have shot the suspect in the leg or shoulder. As I have mentioned before, shooting a suspect like that is nothing more than Hollywood movie magic. Police are trained that if it is necessary to fire on a suspect they are instructed to aim at center mass, specifically meaning the center of the torso.

I’m not saying that the suspect was on his way to committing an attack like that at Mountain View High School, but what if the student had stabbed and killed someone before police acted. Then we’d be asking why police didn’t do enough?

While not every cop is a stalwart of society, many of them have a thankless task, and in today’s climate they must feel like that any move they make to protect the public could be seen as malicious. However what you don’t hear about is all the instances where police have done their jobs without incident in order to protect the public they’re sworn to serve.

UPDATE 12/12/2016: The suspect was said to have been bullied. These claims always seem to surface when an incident like this occurs but rarely ever proves to be true. If that even was the case, when you don’t surrender a weapon at the request of police, they have to make a split second decision to determine if you’re a threat to others. If you are it shouldn’t come as a shock when you’re shot.