First off this is my first post after lurking on these forums for over two years. I have enjoyed most of the banter between members and have been
content to sit on the sidelines and watch. However as of today I can no longer sit by and watch as this thread gets twisted and dragged on about this
particular shooting. I believe what we need here are some facts to guide the discussion.
I live in Taft. I graduated from TUHS in 91. It is a small town composed mostly of Ag and Oil fields. This was not a gang shooting. It was a for
lack of a better term a bullied kid trying to express his wish to not be bullied and call out his bully in front of the whole school. It was beyond
stupid. He will pay for it for the rest of his life. The two people shot were not intended targets. The more seriously shot kid actually tried to
talk to the shooter. Unfortunately for him hes a big guy, the desks are small and when he got up and turned the desk jarred and startled the shooter
into swinging the gun and discharging the weapon. After he realized what he did the shooter even said "Oh god man I didnt mean to shoot you!" At
that point the shooters plan of calling out the bully started to fall apart. The teacher to his credit and a former schoolmate of mine cleared the
class and the shooter fired two more times once at the intended target and once more at another student on his " Hit List".
The teacher after clearing the class remained behind with a school supervisor and both of them talked the shooter into laying down the shotgun. Taft
PD took him into custody moments later. All of this took place in less than 4 minutes. Taft PD was on scene 2 minutes after they got the call of a
kid with a gun going into the school. Within 9 hours the FBI had cleared everyone from the school and allowed the children to be turned over to their
Within hours of the shooting it became clear that this was not intended to be a mass shooting and its being treated as a case of bulling. The school
had evidence of this shooter being expelled the year before with another hit list. The school vice principal had texts from other students dating
back to at least Dec18 2012, warning that people should start taking this kid seriously and being nice to him before he carries out his new hit list.
The administration did nothing but punish the girls that brought their texts to the admins attention.
There was no gang activity......we dont have them...we have some wannabe like gang bangers not the real thing.
There was no "assault weapon" involved. It was a standard 3+1 shotgun from Big5 Sporting goods.
He took the rifle from his brother. No one sold it to him. Its legal in CA.
The school was to have a "lockdown" drill schedualed for 4th period that day. They was no government conspiricy to stage another school shooting.
Taft is a small town with small town values. Normal Rockwell would feel right at home here.
We are not part of Bakersfield......you can keep that hell hole of a town, with all its gang violence and drug lords running around thank you very
This folks is simply a case of a kid pushed too hard, that had crap parents, doing a very dumb thing that caused problems far beyond what he as a bowl
full of mush braindead teanager could comprehend. Again its a mistake that will change both this town and the people involved forever. Its really
simple teach your children right from wrong. Properly teach them the proper use and treatment of guns, and teach them to think instead of reacting,
anf maybe just maybe in 40 years we can put this crap behind us.
Oh and to the pompus numbnuts that thinks Taft is some armpit of a place to live, Im sorry you never met our town the proper way, but I kinda dont
think we we would want you anyway.
edit on 12-1-2013 by Fedki because: (no reason given)