Oh My God! He’s Got a Gun!

Hat tip to Cory at Madville Times.

I can’t help but display a little snar-casm at the headlines about Tea schools going into lockdown over a guy getting ready for hunting season.

The man unknowingly caused the lockdown. He was apparently holding a gun while on his property, which is located by the school, preparing for duck hunting and that’s when someone called police. [“Tea Area Schools Experience Friday Lockdown.” KSFY.com. 25 September 2009.]

Note to Tea: Yes, we should protect our children.  And yes, it’s important to have a policy in place to do so.  But please note that even though you are pretty close to being swallowed up by Sioux Falls, you’re still a part of South Dakota. And South Dakota is still largely a rural state with an extensive hunting tradition.

The freak-out was reported (trumpeted?)on KELO’s website as a great practice for locking down the school, with the following quote from Superintendent Jerry Shutz:

What we did, just how we prevented them from getting in, that’s very important. Actually, what I saw this morning just reinforces my comfort that we have security measures in place….[Johnson, Eric. “Tea Schools Get Practice in Lockdown Policy” 25 September 2009.]

Whom did you prevent from getting in, Mr. Superintendent? And why was it necessary, after making sure you prevented “them” from getting in, to have the police then sweep all three schools to “look for anything suspicious”?

Was it really necessary, I wonder, to scare the bejeebers out of a whole bunch of students and parents by locking down the schools and checking IDs and continuing to limit access to the building after the lockdown expired, and after it became clear the reports were nothing to be concerned about?

I’m a parent, and I’m concerned about my child’s safety.  I’m also concerned about people who are in positions of authority freaking out instead of remaining calm when there’s a possibility of something amiss.

Now, I wouldn’t do this or recommend doing this to anyone else.  But is there anyone else who feels at least a little temptation to call the Tea Schools hotline and report a guy with a fishing pole?


4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by redhatterb on September 27, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    When I was in school, any of the rare times that one of the rural boys would drive their parents car to school, there was always a gun in the car, so that they could do roadside hunting on the way home—-sometimes it wasn’t even for food, but for fun. Most of the time all the rural kids rode the bus, because their parents only had one vehicle. Also all of the boys would have a knife somewhere on their person. Some had pocket knives, some were even switch blades, and then there were the boys that had hunting knives strapped on their belts. Nothing ever happened with these guns or knives. In face a lot of the time if a boy had a car and a gun at school, the superintendent would go out and admire it. The cars were never locked either—those were the good old days.

  2. Whenever a teacher asked if one of us if we had a knife, it was usually because he needed one.


  3. I saw a blonde kid with a slingshot in his back pocket a few blocks from an elementary school. I’m afraid the kid may be a menace and plan to call the cops if I see him again.

  4. Posted by flyingtomato on September 28, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Crap! That’s probably my kid…

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