The Report Media Wants To Ignore: Police Stop Possible School Shooter Dead In His Tracks
The media is on this sick anti-police trip and its stories like this that just don't get the same coverage. Alabama police sent a strong message to potential school shooters last week.
According to a report from AL.com, a resident living close to Walnut Park Elementary School near Birmingham, Alabama, called police “reporting a suspicious man outside the school.” The man was “aggressively” trying to enter vehicles and multiple doorways. At the time, 34 children were inside the school for a summer literacy camp and went into lockdown, Gadsden City School Superintendent Tony Reddick told the outlet.
“A school resource officer on site responded, talked with the man and called for backup. When a second officer arrived, an altercation ensued,” AL.com reported. “The suspect was then fatally shot. Officials have not said if the man was armed.”
Etowah County Coroner London Pearce identified the man as Robert Tyler White, 32. Pearce said the man lived in the Gadsden area; however, a news release from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said he was from Bunnlevel, North Carolina.
WVTM13 reported that The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency later reported the person was attempting to "forcibly enter" a marked Rainbow City patrol vehicle near the school when the resource officer attempted to stop him.
A physical fight ensued and ALEA reported the suspect was attempting to take the officer's gun. ALEA said Gadsden police officers arrived at the scene to provide backup.
It was during that altercation that the suspect was shot dead.
The children were successfully taken from Walnut Park Elementary and transported to Gadsden City High School. A Thursday morning social media message from the Gadsden/Etowah County Emergency Management Agency informed residents of an “ongoing” police incident, asked them to avoid the area, and instructed parents to bring identification to the high school to pick up their children.
It's all too easy to ignore the officers doing their job when the media acts as an echo chamber damning law enforcement while more often than not, they're the fine line between the innocent and violent criminals.
Florida preemptively sent their message out to potential school shooters. I liked it so much that I thought I would include it here:
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd held up one of his cards showing a picture of two Polk County deputies in a school hallway with guns and summed up PSCO’s school safety policy in what he called “Polk County vernacular.”
“This is the last thing you’ll see before we put a bullet through your head if you’re trying to hurt our children,” Judd said. “We’re going to shoot you graveyard dead.”