An unidentified male student shot another student in a crowded hallway before classes began Monday morning, following a fight between the two. The victim died within hours, and the suspect was arrested.
The model and actress noted on Instagram that she graduated from the school in 2005.
As strange as it must have been for her to watch her former high school on the news, Decker said that she was “shocked by how unsurprising the whole event was.” She asked why people were relieved that just one student had died and — in an apparent reference to devices sent to CNN, former President Barack Obama, and others last week — “the bombs didn’t detonate.”
In response to Decker’s post, people voiced their own concern about the frequency of school shootings. While the exact number of such incidents is disputed, the Washington Post reported in March that in the United States there had been “an average of 10 school shootings per year since Columbine.” At that time, 2018 was “among the worst on record,” as there had been 11 shootings just three months into the year.
“I cannot believe we are growing so accustomed to tragedy,” one person commented.
Another wrote, “I’m terrified by the current events … I’m enraged that so many people don’t seem to care, can’t be bothered, are so desensitized. I don’t know the answer to this. I just want to say that I am with you and anyone else who wants to try to figure this mess out.”
Someone suggested, “We need to be checking in on others … asking them how they feel, how they are doing, if they need anything.”
Interestingly, people were genuinely throwing out their ideas. They were having a conversation rather than slinging insults at each other, for the most part.
After some people commented that they couldn’t believe the school had resumed classes after the shooting, others debunked that. The people who had been spreading the misinformation apologized.
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