Here the media goes again

The media has a job to be journalists, and to report the news. Sadly, the push for ratings continues to lead the media to try and create controversies and to make news stories into soap operas. The police shooting of a 14-year-old-boy who was threatening fellow students with knives is a great example. Bob Owens explains

Let’s turn to the CBS News story Reno officer’s shooting of knife-wielding teen sparks debate to see how media hacks are attempting to turn a school resource officer’s very measured response to a violent student armed with two knives into a fake news scandal.

A school police officer in Nevada faces new questions about shooting a knife-wielding student.

Cellphone video captured the moment at Hug High School in Reno. Police said the teen ignored orders to drop a pair of knives and threatened other students. But there’s a debate over the use of force, reports CBS News correspondent Carter Evans.

On Facebook, a man who identified himself as the father of the teen defended his son’s actions, saying he was being bullied at school and was just trying to protect himself. He said after the shooting, his son had to have part of his lungs removed, but that he’s expected to survive.

A day after a school police officer shot the 14-year-old, Washoe County Schools Superintendent Traci Davis praised responding officers.

“Had it not been for their quick actions and professionalism, I truly believe the outcome could’ve been much worse,” Davis said.

Cell phone video captured the teenager waving knives surrounded by students apparently after a fight. His attorney, David Houston, spoke to “CBS This Morning” by phone.

“It was clear that the child was not being aggressive, but rather was trying to keep people away from him. He was not attempting to hurt people,” Houston said.

For some students and parents, the police response is causing as much concern as the boy’s actions.

“It was pretty traumatizing. I’ve never seen anything like that before, like pulling out knives and then a cop shooting a child,” said student Joslyn Walker.

“There are alternatives. Mace, for one, pepper spray,” said Demick LaFlamme, whose son is friends with the teen. LaFlamme was worried about the dozens of other kids standing nearby.

“They should actually be writing formal apologies to every single student’s parents there for putting all their children in danger,” LaFlamme said.

Actually, the child was being aggressive, moving towards at fellow students, and slashing with two butcher knives, which are very dangerous weapons. He was presenting a deadly threat to the other students, and frankly, I cannot see what legitimate options the resource officer had

Clark’s multiple assaults with a deadly weapon (each one of which should earn him a felony charge) finally ended when he advanced upon the school resource officer.

The correct response to an armed assailant is not a taser.

The correct response to an armed assailant is not a chemical spray.

The correct response to an armed assailant is to engage the deadly force threat with deadly force until the armed assailant is no longer a threat.

Yes, it is disturbing to see a young person shot, but equally disturbing to see that kid slashing and lunging at other kids with two butcher knives. I know, I can hear the cries of “but he is only 14” Yes, and so were all those other kids he was a mortal threat to. How horrified would these folks be if he had stabbed some other students? Wanna bet they would be criticizing the officer for NOT using proper force? The fact is this. Common sense dictates that someone threatening others with deadly weapons is, in fact a threat to their lives. Common sense would also dictate that someone using deadly force to STOP that threat is acting properly. But, common sense, is, well not too common, instead it has been replaced by emotionalism. Consider this quote

“It was pretty traumatizing. I’ve never seen anything like that before, like pulling out knives and then a cop shooting a child,” said student Joslyn Walker.

Again, the focus is on the age of the child. Not on the actual situation. That child was threatening and presented a mortal danger to other kids. His age became irrelevant once he decided to bring butcher knives to school and threaten other students. Then there is this nugget of stupidity

“There are alternatives. Mace, for one, pepper spray,” said Demick LaFlamme, whose son is friends with the teen. LaFlamme was worried about the dozens of other kids standing nearby.

“They should actually be writing formal apologies to every single student’s parents there for putting all their children in danger,” LaFlamme said.

What LaFlamme did not suggest the officer should have shot the knives out of the kids hands? Or maybe that he should have shot the kid in the leg? I am sure Mr. LaFlamme is an expert on use of force. I am sure he has seen police shows on TV, or some action films, so he knows all about this. Fact is mace and pepper spray are highly unreliable, and need to be deployed at very close range to be effective. Does this man truly think letting an assailant with two of these get close enough to use them a smart move?

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As to LaFlamme’s call for the police to apologize for “putting kids in danger” is about as idiotic as I can imagine. The only one putting the kids in danger was the kid with the two butcher knives. The officer ended that danger. He should be commended

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