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11 year old child accidently shot/died
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Wade Burt    Posted 10-06-2004 at 13:03:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We all live in the country or would like to at some time such as retirement. I am a elementary school Principal in a small town in Calhoun County, MS. Our school is Vardaman Elementary and we have about 410 students in k-4 through 6th grade.
We had no students Monday and Tuesday due to Staff Development that had been planned since the beginning of school. Three sixth graders and one fifth grader were working on a computer looking up a science project. The house was across from the school. One of the boys thought he heard something outside and he got a loaded .22 from the father's bedroom. When he cam back into the house the gun went off striking one of the boys in the temple. He was unplugged off life support at noon today. This was a bright young man that had never been sent to my office for any reason. I told a parent that it is common to see a first grader that had killed an eight point white-tail and boys do not realize the danger that loaded guns pose. I guess I just wanted to say, moms and dads make sure that you do not leave children in the house unattended with loaded guns. I would hate for anyone else to go through the pain that we have endured for the past two days.

screaminghollow    Posted 10-07-2004 at 13:35:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Story sounds kinda fishy to me. Thought he heard something outside and accidentally bumped the gun and it went off when he came in. Just being naturally suspicious I guess. Obviously several rules of firearms safety were broken and a young man paid a horrible price for another's carelessness. Never allow a loaded gun in the house. Ammo and guns stored seperately, Never allow a firearm, loaded or not, to be pointed at the direction of anyone. Always open the action of a gun when you carry it (and you aren't out hunting.) I was at a flea market yrs back and a dealer had some guns for sale, a very foolish person picked up one of the guns and aimed it directly at the back of my head, and within a few inches. When I saw it, out of the corner of my eye, I immediately turned and pushed the barrel up in the air and slugged the person. It was mostly a instant reaction. I started screaming at the him, to never point a gun at me again. It turned out to be a 15 yr old kid and the kid's father started yelling at me. It turned into a real hassle, cops and all. Fortunately for me, several bystanders stayed and told the cops the kid just aimed at the back of my head with his finger on the trigger. Even the dealer said he told the kid not to touch the guns and the kid said "FU" The father wanted me charged with assault and I wanted the kid charged with assault with a deadly weapon. The kid was charged. Cop said I was acting in self defense and told the father to shut up or he'd be charged with harrassment. There was no bolt in the rifle, but I didn't know that when I reacted. I was shaking for days over the incident and still have an occasional nightmare about it. I am certainly not in favor of most gun control proposals and have come to the conclusion, that although thir are some folks who should never have a gun, they don't care about the law and will get them anyway. Law abiding citizens will need the guns to hunt and to protect themselves from those folks, cause the law can't.

ron,ar    Posted 10-06-2004 at 19:17:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
That is indeed sad for that boys death and for the other boy also. He has to live with it fo the rest of his life unfortunatly.
I live on adjoining property to our elementary
school. I have several guns, both longguns and pistols. I keep trigger locks on them all and keep them in a steel gun cabinet, locked. Still I worry about the unthinkable happening. With an 11 year old in our house and his friends visiting I can't help but worry. Thanks for the message and sorry to hear of this tragedy.

RayP(MI)    Posted 10-06-2004 at 18:10:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
As a teacher for over 34 years, and a 4-H shooting sports leader, this is a real paindful story to hear. Whenever I deal with kids and firearms, safety is absolutely #1. My kids are all adults now, but we took the mystery and awe out of firearms early in their lives, and they were both comfortable with them, and respected them. All my children have firearms, and one daughter even has concealed license.

TomH    Posted 10-06-2004 at 17:38:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Can you post a news article of this? I searched Google, it found Vardaman Elementary but there's no mention of a shooting. Usually the media jumps all over something like that.

Battleborn    Posted 10-06-2004 at 22:15:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
I may have been thinking the same thing as you, but I was wrong. Here's the link.

DD    Posted 10-06-2004 at 16:02:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Prayers and Thoughts go to all who are affected by this sad loss : )

jeanette    Posted 10-06-2004 at 13:08:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
oh how tragic. my prayers go out to you all. something like this effects the entire town.
that is why it is so important to teach kids about gun safety.

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