School Shooting in New Mexico Marks Second Middle School Attack in Three Months

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Jan. 14 2014 9:16 PM

Teacher Talks Middle School Shooter into Dropping Gun

185492901-police-officer-stops-traffic-near-agnes-risley
A police officer stops traffic near Agnes Risley Elementary school following a shooting at nearby Sparks Middle School October 21, 2013 in Sparks, Nevada.

Photo by David Calvert/Getty Images

A 12-year-old boy carrying a concealed gun shot and wounded two fellow students today at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, New Mexico. Both injured students, an 11-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl, were airlifted to a Level 1 trauma center in Lubbock, TX where they are receiving treatment.

The Albuquerque Journal reports a nearby teacher was able to get the student shooter to give up his weapon:

“In the 10 seconds that transpired from the time of this thing starting until the teacher had control of the weapon, there was no cowardice,” [School Superintendent Tom] Burris said. “There was protection for our kids. Everyone acted and did their duties today at Berrendo Middle School.”
Eva Gomez, Roswell Education Association president, identified eighth-grade social studies teacher John Masterson as the staff member who stopped Campbell and convinced him to put his gun down.
Advertisement

According to Reuters, today’s shooting was the second to take place at a U.S. middle school in three months. In October, a 12-year-old boy, opened fire at his school in Sparks, NV, killing a teacher and wounding two classmates before killing himself.

The latest event will surely add to the contentious debate surrounding gun control, which escalated following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in December of 2012. President Obama failed to win congressional support last year for sweeping new gun laws, including limits on assault rifles and background checks for gun purchases. Despite the defeat, gun control reform may still have life -- via executive order. Earlier this month, Obama signed two executive orders which make it easier for states to provide information about people with mental health issues to the federal background check system.

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

Don’t Worry, Obama Isn’t Sending U.S. Troops to Fight ISIS

But the next president might. 

The Extraordinary Amicus Brief That Attempts to Explain the Wu-Tang Clan to the Supreme Court Justices

Amazon Is Officially a Gadget Company. Here Are Its Six New Devices.

The Human Need to Find Connections in Everything

It’s the source of creativity and delusions. It can harm us more than it helps us.

How Much Should You Loathe NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell?

Here are the facts.

Altered State

The Plight of the Pre-Legalization Marijuana Offender

What should happen to weed users and dealers busted before the stuff was legal?

Surprise! The Women Hired to Fix the NFL Think the NFL Is Just Great.

You Shouldn’t Spank Anyone but Your Consensual Sex Partner

Moneybox
Sept. 17 2014 5:10 PM The Most Awkward Scenario in Which a Man Can Hold a Door for a Woman
  News & Politics
Weigel
Sept. 18 2014 8:58 AM Does this Colorado Poll Show Latino Voters Bailing on the 2014 Election?
  Business
Business Insider
Sept. 17 2014 1:36 PM Nate Silver Versus Princeton Professor: Who Has the Right Models?
  Life
The Vault
Sept. 18 2014 9:57 AM "The Sun Never Sets Upon the British Empire," Explained in GIF by an Old Children's Toy
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 17 2014 6:14 PM Today in Gender Gaps: Biking
  Slate Plus
Slate Fare
Sept. 17 2014 9:37 AM Is Slate Too Liberal?  A members-only open thread.
  Arts
Television
Sept. 18 2014 8:53 AM The Other Huxtable Effect Thirty years ago, The Cosby Show gave us one of TV’s great feminists.
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 17 2014 9:00 PM Amazon Is Now a Gadget Company
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 18 2014 7:30 AM Red and Green Ghosts Haunt the Stormy Night
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 17 2014 3:51 PM NFL Jerk Watch: Roger Goodell How much should you loathe the pro football commissioner?