Just recently, three students at an elementary school in Minnesota were injured by an unidentified 2nd-grade student who brought a knife to school and injured them at random. Following the attack, the 2nd-grader was taken to a nearby police station and then released to his parents because he is too young to be criminally charged.
According to reports, the violent stabbing, which took place at Pleasantview Elementary School in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, happened at about 7:15 in the morning when an unidentified 8-year-old boy pulled out a kitchen knife and randomly attacked an 8-year-old first-grader, a nine-year-old fourth-grader, and 13-year-old seventh-grader in less than a minute.
Although their injuries were minor, two of the students were cut in the neck and back of the head and had to get stitches.
After cutting the other students with the knife, the 8-year-old then walked to the school’s office and turned himself in. Upon learning about what happened, school officials promptly contacted the police.
When they arrived, they brought the student to their police station but didn’t charge him with any crimes before releasing him to his parents. This is because, under state law, children under the age of 10 cannot be charged with a crime. Instead, their cases are handled by social services. Shockingly, the officers also did not charge the parents for the child’s violent behavior.
Shortly after the incident, Chief Perry Beise of the Sauk Rapids Police Department spoke with reporters and provided them with a few more details about what happened.
“An 8-year-old student had come to school with a kitchen knife and cut three children in the hallway at random,” explained Beise.
“I don’t think he had an intended target when he came to school with a knife. We’re not sure exactly why he came to school with a knife,” he added, noting, “hopefully he will receive some treatment.”
The school also released a brief statement about the incident. Specifically, they said, “in situations like this, the District’s discipline policy is applied and aggressive students are not allowed in the building(s).”
“The incident happened well before school started and was detected and dealt with immediately. It’s a very serious incident. But we were able to ascertain that the individual was acting alone and apprehended,” added Interim Superintendent Bruce Watkins while speaking to reporters.
Disturbingly, although the incident took place at 7:15 AM, parents did not receive an electronic email notification until about 11 AM. This understandably upset numerous parents.
One of the parents most upset by the delay was Jessica Bryant, who has a 9-year-old child in fourth grade. “I was terrified,” stated Bryant in an email to reporters.
“I am very upset I received a vague email four hours after the fact,” she continued. “I understand waiting until everything is secure, but in instances as this, parents should be notified sooner,” reasoned Brant.
“They took no effort to inform me or my wife. I checked my email, texts, phone calls — my wife did the same,” added parent Chandler Murphy, who has a son enrolled in kindergarten at the school and found out about the incident from a co-worker.
“I know for a fact that they have my contact information because they called me the other day about my son having a cold…I’m infuriated that they would take it upon themselves [to decide] that this isn’t a big enough thing to send kids home,” he noted.
Another parent who spoke with reporters about not receiving any notification from the school was Jessie Madison.
“I didn’t receive a phone call or text message. Not even an email,” she explained to reporters.
“And it’s really upsetting because parents NEED to be informed of these things. It’s not something the school should ignore,” continued Madison, who lives just a few blocks away from the school.
“My heart sank [upon hearing the news]. I wouldn’t want any child to have a moment of terror like that. I feel so bad for the children that were hurt in the attack,” she added, noting, “I’m sure they don’t understand what was going on and happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.”
When asked about the delayed notification, Watkins told reporters, “first we wanted to make sure we had our facts straight and that we could communicate with the staff in the building, and then parents.”
Incidents like this highlight the fact that gun control would not necessarily do much to curb school violence. Despite this, countless lawmakers are still actively pushing to make it harder for law-abiding citizens to have firearms for this very reason.
Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL), for example, recently proposed an updated bill, known as “The Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act,” to increase the federal tax on guns and ammunition.
According to reports, if passed, the legislation, which was co-sponsored by Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ), would increase “federal excise taxes on shells and cartridges from 11 percent to 50 percent” and also hike “taxes on pistols and revolvers from 10 percent to 20 percent.”
This is similar to a previous proposal by Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to impose “a 25 percent national sales tax on guns as well as $2500 license fees for gun dealers.”
And prior to that, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), used the recent Parkland school shooting, where Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old troubled teen from Parkland, Florida, opened fire on students and teachers attending Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, killing 17 and wounding countless others, to promote her bill banning firearms like the AR-15.
“Another mass shooting. Reportedly another AR-15. My bill to ban assault weapons is ready for a vote. How long will we accept weapons of war being used to slaughter our children?” tweeted the liberal senator.
Sen. Feinstein’s comments about her bill banning assault weapons is in reference to an updated gun control bill that she introduced several months ago after Devin Kelley, a 26-year-old man from New Braunfels, Texas, opened fire on a crowd of people attending a church service at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 and wounding about 20 others.
Like Feinstein, United States House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) also used the Florida shooting to push the left’s anti-gun agenda, tweeting, “too many of these instances take place across the country. As leaders, we have a moral obligation to prevent them and protect our communities. We need more than thoughts and prayers.”
Without a doubt, attacking students while they are at school is among one of the worst things a person could possibly do. To prevent people from doing so, however, liberals and school officials should focus on policies that would not only help address attacks with firearms, but also attacks with knives and any other weapon instead of pushing for misguided gun control bills.