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Did you hear the gun violence outrage and the saturation of media coverage, over the school shooting that occurred at the Rudsdale High School in Oakland?
Me either. I guess hurricanes are handy excuses for the media to ignore inconvenient stories. In this narrative non-conforming event, two gang members exchanged 30 rounds on the high school campus, injuring six bystanders. Here’s a link from NPR.
The victims include two students, a counselor, a security guard and two other campus employees. Two people are in critical condition, and a third is in stable condition. The others have been released from local hospitals
Happily, nobody was killed during this fiasco.
The shooting comes a little over a month after another incident at the same school in which a student was stabbed and pistol-whipped. (The Oakland Police Department declined to answer NPR’s questions about the incident or provide further information.) And it has been less than a month since a 13-year-old suffered a gunshot injury at Madison Park Academy, a nearby middle school. In that instance, the police department determined it was “not a deliberate school shooting” and that the victim was not the intended target. The San Francisco Chronicle reported a 12-year-old was subsequently arrested.
Officials told NPR there have been nine homicides across the city over the last 10 days.
Wow, enrollment in these fine institutions must be mandatory, otherwise, I couldnt imagine a responsible parent sending their children there.
But wait! There’s more!
In the most shocking twist to this story, school officials sent text messages to students and faculty suggesting that they do not cooperate with Oakland Police!
Law enforcement sources tell the I-Team, Oakland police investigators have obtained text messages from the shooting victims’ phones in which Rudsdale school officials tell them not to cooperate with police.
During a virtual news conference, the I-Team’s Dan Noyes asked Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong about that information. He answered, “Our investigation will be thorough, it will be complete and we will exhaust all options to figure out what happened on this campus. But at this time, I will not speak to any evidence that we’ve recovered at this time.”
I would suggest that the person who sent those messages should immediately be employed in the private sector and should be charged with obstruction of justice. But apparently, the school district has a history of obstructing police:
“A kid was stabbed. He was bleeding. He was pistol-whipped. A gun was discovered at school. And yet the school district did nothing about it,” said BayTech parent Mario Juarez.
Police confirmed in August, a student was stabbed and pistol-whipped at the school. And my police sources tell me that Rudsdale obstructed the investigation:
- School officials recovered the gun used in the attack.
- Kept it from police for hours, until finally turning it over in a zip lock bag.
- Sources also say the school would not let police perform follow-up interviews with students.
- School officials said, “They had it under control.”
In this case, I dont understand why the person who did this was not immediately charged with multiple offenses. Perhaps when school officials end up in lock up, they’ll start being more cooperative.
While I dont want to minimize the tragedy of the hurricane’s devastation or the importance of the media coverage. This story really needs to be a national scandal.Published in