School Resource Officer Stops Shooting in FL — Where is the Media?

Police officer aiming a pistol.

“If it bleeds, it leads.” When the shooter in Parkland Florida committed his atrocity, news agencies not only covered it for days, lawmakers took part by hastily enacting poorly planned, conceived, and executed legislation. In large part, the shooter-caused carnage was laid at the feet of the school resource officer who sheltered outside instead of engaging the shooter—a fact the media covered to a lesser degree. Then, last week, there was another school shooting in Florida, but this shooting was much different.

Police Responding
When good guys with guns engage the bad guys, the threat can be minimized or neutralized.
This time, when the shooter touched off his first shot, the school resource officer immediately rushed to the direction of the report of the gunshot, engaged, and took the shooter into custody—eliminating further danger. Did the news media cover the shooting? Was this plastered across your TV screen? Are lawmakers changing firearm legislation as a result? Of course not, they do not have a tragedy to capitalize for their own purposes.

The shooting happened Friday morning at Forest High School in Ocala. The suspect was first identified as a student, but later clarification shows that he was not a student at the school.

He brought a shotgun into the school, concealed in a guitar case, and blended in with students. At some point, he fired a shot at the bottom of a door, and some pellets from the shotgun blast struck a student in the ankle. As soon as the resource officer heard the noise, he rushed to the area. The suspect was quickly taken into custody by a school resource officer—Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy James Long.

Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods said, Long heard a loud bang! about 8:39 a.m. and immediately rushed to the source of the sound. Within minutes, at about 8:42 a.m., Long reached the shooting scene and had the shooter in custody, officials said.  “[Long] did not hesitate. He went right in,” Woods said at a news conference.

There is no telling what the gunman had planned or how much damage he was looking to do, but one thing is clear. Had an armed resistance not been there, this kid could have fired more shots and/or made a clean getaway. Thanks to Long, none of those were an option. In the video above, you can see police coming into a room and telling everyone that they are alright. While the students’ hands are up, the police check the room for potential threats.

The shooting happened on April 20, 2018, the same day that a nationwide walkout was planned to protest ‘gun violence’. This particular school had planned to participate, but the event was canceled in light of what had taken place that morning.

The media took note of this thwarted school shooting but unless there’s a lot of death and destruction, they’re rather moot. This type of outcome doesn’t feed ratings, and is why they are overlooked. If the U.S. population actually saw these events like they do the tragic ones, I am certain we would have a lot more people fighting for the idea of armed personnel inside of schools.

Why do you think this story was not covered by the network media? Share your answer in the comment section.

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Comments (52)

  1. The following is the reason this incident created little news coverage:

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    ‘Use yellow journalism to scare the public into demanding that legislators pass a law to fix the nonexistent problem.’

  2. The reason the media is not there is because the cops were doing their “job.” People don’t go out and pat the back of the truck druver that brings the food to the grocery store so you can eat. It’s their job, it was a choice. I have been a first responder for 19 years and was part of a SWAT team for 7, I am a veteran, and a gun owner but this line of thinking where we become outraged because the media didn’t cover the police for doing their job, is ridiculous and toxic.

    The truth is that nobody is going to take the guns away. The truth is that there are to many people out there that should not own guns. If you want to be that “good guy with a gun” then subject yourself to a psychological examination like our “Good guys” (law enforcement) does. Forums like this one are nothing but echo chambers and I truly believe that we are better than that.

    1. It’s not about selling papers, it’s about selling the Chosen narratives. Anything running counter to the “Gun Control Now!” narrative is just ignored by the national media – dozens or hundreds of times a day. Stories of the thousands of law abiding citizens who protect themselves using firearms never get past the local level (if they even make it that far).

  3. Attend school the same way we did? I was underage and drove my motorcycle to school. We played on school grounds on weekends. Having a gun was not look down upon and there was no social media to advertise stupid views.

    No they cannot and should not dictate anything. They do not know anything beyond the end of their phone.

  4. Why would there be coverage of a successful armed response. It would further debunk the socialist democratic party’s flawed stats They invent, then quote them as gospel. Anytime a constitutional right is under attack, there are always lies and flawed stats quoted to validate their logic and intent.

    1. Social democrats are against resource officers? I’d love to read whatever source is telling you this. As a gun carrying social democrat, that’s news to me.

  5. Where is pu$$y little David Hogg. You know that 18 yr. Parkland H.S Drama club senior student who’s father is retired FBI millionaire. So happens senior David Hogg was in the freshman building during the shooting.. oh how convenient right. Then he goes on blaming the NRA and gets massive media coverage on fake news liberal media. Of course the parkland shooting happened during emergency drills the school has been participating in that week. Massive cover up on info on YouTube just like sandy hook .

    1. Whats the sandy hook cover up exactly? And dont start with the crisis actor bs, i know people who buried their children as a result of that horrific event.

  6. This is why this didn’t get media coverage. The Parkland students screamed, yelled, and demanded action to STOP all school shootings using their demands in new gun laws. So the Florida government raised the age limit to 21 as one of their demands. A 19 year old managed to get into the school with an illegally possessed shotgun that wasn’t an AR-15 to shoot up the school. It showed that new gun control laws still did not stop a school shooting as the media advertised.

    1. No one died and the officer did their job. Not really front page news. And to follow your logic, wouldnt the “left” want to pounce all over this to show the new gun laws didnt go far enough? It certainly isnt a “oh shucks lets give up trying” moment.

  7. Of coarse there’s no coverage on this one it doesn’t fit Obambam’s and the Demon-Crats narrative. They can’t use it to disarm America and Americans, which is their ultimate goal.

    1. It is a sad thing that it was not all over the news. But leave it the Demoncrat and Holwood is tring to take are disarm us poor Americans that use are gins to hunt and sporting events. The media is a bunch of bull—t. And like Trumps said you can not believe in the media today.

    2. Democrats goal is to disarm America? Really? Lol. And Obamas gone time to retire that boogeyman…

  8. Typical liberal media, unless it can be used to further their anti-American agenda, they ignore it. This is where we – the supporters of the 2nd amendment – need to stand up and make sure this is seen, post it on Facebook, write to your local news paper, email your local news media, do whatever it takes to make this known!

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