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http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-01-04/texas-student-shot/52379064/1

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Police shot and killed an armed eighth-grader who "engaged" officers in the main hallway of his middle school on Wednesday, the South Texas school district said.

By Brad Doherty, AP

Brownsville school district officials said administrators called police after the student brandished a weapon at about 8 a.m., shortly after classes started at Cummings Middle School. When police arrived, the student "engaged" the officers and was shot, district spokeswoman Drue Brown said in an emailed statement.

Cameron County Justice of the Peace Kip V. Johnson Hodge pronounced the student dead at a hospital and has ordered an autopsy, said court coordinator Israel Tapia.

The school, with an enrollment of about 750 students, was placed on lockdown when administrators called police and no one else was injured, Brown said.

A seventh grade student who said he was two classrooms from where the shooting took place said the school was already on lockdown when he heard three shots. Miguel Grimaldo, 12, said students later followed police out of the building and boarded buses that took them to a neighboring park. He said his mother picked him up late Wednesday morning.

"For now they're not saying anything, just pick up your kids," said the boy's mother, Maria Grimaldo.

The street in front of Cummings was lined with police cars and blocked off.

The lockdown was lifted about two hours after the shooting, but the students and employees were relocated while officers investigated at the school, Brown said.

Brownsville police Detective J.J. Trevino said investigators hadn't determined whether the student fired any shots, and he said officers had no information on why the student might have had the gun on him.

"It's still under investigation, as far as how he came about to bringing the weapon or if he encountered anybody or anything else," Trevino said.

Brownsville is 280 miles south of San Antonio on the southern tip of Texas.
 

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Bring a handgun to school, announce you're going to kill everyone, point it at police who tell you to drop the weapon, and bad things are bound to happen. One can't help but wonder exactly when the concept of right and wrong disappeared from society's consciousness....and it surely has.
 

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The world is becomeing a very sad place.  Parent have no time to raise their kids.  The kid have no concept of right and wrong
 

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ontargetguy said:
The world is becomeing a very sad place. Parent have no time to raise their kids. The kid have no concept of right and wrong
Of course there's no concept of right/wrong... Look at what their parents let them watch on TV with no supervision/guidance ("you know, that's not real junior...") So they see the same actors gettign killed over and over in movies from a young age (and until 6-8 years of age there's no real understanding of life & death...)
 

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just heard that the kid was carrying a pellet gun
 

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I blame Barney !!!

"I love you , you love me " , "everyone is special ". Everyone is a winner !!

As soon as these kids realise what the world is really like , and figure out that they have been lied too
and they are not special or a winner for just showing up, they are pissed off at the world.

Add that with what was said above about no parenting, no concept of right and wrong and there you have our modern society!
 

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UPDATE

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - An armed eighth-grader gunned down by police officers in the hallway of his Texas middle school Wednesday was brandishing a pellet gun that looked like a firearm, and he refused repeated orders to lower the weapon before the officers opened fire, police said.

The carbon-dioxide powered pellet gun 15-year-old Jaime Gonzalez was holding looked like a handgun, and the initial report to police that sent officers rushing to Cummings Middle School Wednesday morning was for a student seen holding a gun, Orlando Rodriguez, Brownsville's interim police chief, said at a news conference.

Robert Valle, a 13-year-old who was among the school's 750 students locked down in their classrooms during the confrontation, said he heard police run down the hallway and yell "put the gun down," before several shots were fired.

"He had plenty of opportunities to lower the weapon ... and he didn't want to," Rodriguez said. Two officers fired three shots, striking Gonzalez at least twice, he said. The autopsy results are pending.

Rodriguez said that before the confrontation with police, Gonzalez walked into a Cummings Middle School classroom and punched another boy in the nose. He said he doesn't know why Gonzalez was brandishing the weapon.

Earlier Wednesday, before police said the weapon was actually a pellet gun, Jaime's godmother Norma Leticia Navarro told The Associated Press she couldn't imagine what led to the fatal confrontation.

"Jaime was not a bad kid, and I wish I could ask him why he did that, why did you put yourself in that position?"

Still, she said she understood that police were doing their job, but she expressed frustration that a child was killed and wondered if something else could have been done.

"I'm not saying he was perfect or an angel, but he was a very giving person."

She said both of his parents work, and that his stepmother raised him from infancy and was very strict with him.

As word of the shooting spread quickly through the city on Texas' southern tip, where violence frequently spills over from Mexico's drug war, frantic parents rushed to reach their children.

Those who got their early on were able to retrieve their frightened children, but some who arrived later found the street outside the school lined with squad cars and blocked off. About two hours after the shooting, dozens of frustrated parents and relatives flooded out of the park pavilion without their children after school officials announced that all remaining children had been bused to a high school and could be picked up there.

Julie Tomalenas waited for an hour to pick up her 13-year-old sister before being told of the relocation.

"It was very stressful not knowing if she was OK, where she was, when we could see her again," Tomalenas said.

The lockdown was lifted about two hours after the shooting, but the students and employees were relocated while officers investigated at the school, Brown said.
 

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Suicide? Nah, this is different... Like "stupicide" or something. What a moron.
 

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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45886149/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/

Sad situation.

Parents are upset. They're parents. I'm not going to second-guess how they feel right now but I don't think the cops had much of a choice. I'm sure the cops are even shaking their heads on this kid's choice.

Anybody that thinks in this situation a cop should've "shot the gun out of their hand" or "winged 'em" somehow should be brought to a range and given the opoortunity to try the same under duress and time constraints.

Hell, give 'em a month to practice and then bring them to the range.

Paul
 
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