A Van ISD Employee Shot Himself in the Leg at School-Sponsored Gun Training Class

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In the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook, Don Dunn, the superintendent at Van ISD, 70 miles southeast of Dallas, sent a memo to parents explaining what the district was doing post-Sandy Hook to ensure students' safety. These included adding school resource officers, brushing up on emergency drills, locking classroom doors, and adding a security system.

When the Van ISD Board of Trustees met in January, they added something else: guns.

As the district explained in a press release, the board authorized "specific school employees and other persons" to carry guns on school property.

That way, there would be people who could properly respond to any number of scenarios "including invasion of the schools by an armed outsider, hostage situations, students who are armed and posing a direct threat of physical harm to themselves or others, and similar circumstances."

The district ordered a training class on Wednesday to train employees on the proper use of firearms. There, one of those employees, who wasn't identified by the district, shot himself in the leg.

According to a statement released today by the district and reported by the Tyler Morning-Telegraph, the individual stayed after class to have the instructor check out a "mechanical malfunction."

"With the assistance of the instructor, the malfunction was addressed, but the gun misfired and the bullet ricocheted coming back to strike the VISD employee in the left leg," the statement read. "The VISD employee was attended to at the scene and transferred to Tyler for further treatment. The injury is not life threatening or disabling. Because of privacy and security issues we cannot make any further statement."

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ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Who is writing this stuff?  Orwell, Kafka, Carroll, Hiaasen??  Exxxcelleeent.

Americano
Americano

The Observer was all over this story.  No one covers the Van ISD like the Dallas Observer!


bifftannen
bifftannen

If he had a gun, this never would have happened.

ruddski
ruddski

Government employee. Cops screw up a lot like this too.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

Since when is getting scratched by a ricochet being "shot"? The district has probably had bigger injuries from people throwing their backs out lifting copy paper.

Steve Black
Steve Black

If the gun wasn't there, it wouldn't have happened.

Rudy Cruz
Rudy Cruz

There is no such thing as a "misfire." It's called a "negligent discharge." That trigger was pulled.

Scott M. Lieberman
Scott M. Lieberman

In the old days it was never even an issue. My Father used to be on the Gun & Rifle team at Brooklyn College. Guns in school, even in NY was rather uneventful until the 1960s. In East Texas they were common place. There have already been more then a few shootings stopped in this country by armed teachers, and many will still carry with or without permission.

Joe Downey
Joe Downey

I see a disability claim in the making

todd
todd

Idiots are making it difficult for me to remain pro-gun.  This was an accident that very easily could have been prevented.  Point the muzzle of the weapon into a clearing barrel before attempting clear the malfunction.  That way if there is a discharge, the material in the clearing barrel absorbs the round and no one gets hurt. 

roo_ster
roo_ster

If only were he as well-trained as a DEA agent, this would not have happened:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeGD7r6s-zU

That clip never gets old.

FTR, it took me about an hour to teach a woman gun safety, the manual of arms of a 1911, and to hit the target earlier this week. 


duanewmurphy
duanewmurphy

I bet the phones are burning up at VISD!! I know this is not funny but i cannot quit laughing.

Frank Martian
Frank Martian

While I'm pro gun, arming teachers is a bad idea for many reasons. Steve Nabors pointed one out. Another would be a bigger student taking one away from the teacher. Armed guards aren't the right idea either as the cost/training/etc. to put a min of two (days off/sick days) in every school in the US is not financially feasible for most districts that are already financially strapped.

meechy
meechy

This had to happen in front of the Camden Glen Lakes Apt. Surely there must be surveillance of some sort. And I used to live there before the liquor store opened and there was always people waiting for the gates to open. No witnesses to call 911??

Lori Hensley McKinnon
Lori Hensley McKinnon

I agree with Steve. This whole "teachers with guns" thing is the most misguided mess I've heard of in years. I have a daughter in 4th grade in Plano, and not one single one of her teachers has any desire to be armed in the classroom. Thank heavens.

Steve Nabors
Steve Nabors

I'm just waiting for the first innocent child to be shot by accident or because a teacher or someone felt threatened and jumps the gun. Hope it doesn't happen of course, but i'm realistic.

cheeseburger
cheeseburger

Presumably, you'd have to pass this portion of the training to be allowed to carry.  As long as this equates to a failure, he won't be carrying.  Sounds like the system works.

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

"Because of privacy and security issues we cannot make any further statement." 



So I guess everyone is going to have to walk with a limp until the injured party gets better ?

crimjunkie
crimjunkie

I feel guilty for laughing out loud at this.

No wait, no I don't.

observist
observist topcommenter

It will probably take only until 2014 before "school resource officer"accidental shootings outnumber insane killer school shootings.

Double-O-Joe
Double-O-Joe

@bifftannen 

Simple.  His gun needs to carry a gun.  That way, the gun's gun could prevent the misuse of the gun.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

@everlastingphelps Bullet at velocity only achievable via firearm making contact with any part of a human body before coming to rest equals being shot.

You can do better than that, phelps.

epicmale
epicmale

@Rudy Cruz Not true, Rudy.  Ammuntion can be faulty, or contaminated with a penetrating oil (such as WD40).  Either condition can create a 'hangfire', which means the round discharges some seconds or minutes after the trigger was pulled.  Additionally, firearms do 'misfire'.  For instance, a broken firing pin can be lodged in the bolt so that when the slide is closed it strikes the primer.  There are legitimate reasons for a firearm to 'misfire'.  Other than that, and a few other rather rare mechanical failures, most unintended firearm discharges are as you characterize:  NEGLIGENT.

However, that is why we have TRAINING classes, which seems to escape a number of posters here.  Do they want to gloat and dance in the streets if someone has a fender bender during their Driver's Education Course?  LOL...  No, but they get irrational if you say or write the word 'gun'.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@Rudy Cruz There is such a thing as a "misfire" but it means the gun isn't firing at all.

EastDallasMark
EastDallasMark

Presumably but there is nothing in the referenced penal code that requires training ... Only written regulations or authorization by the institution:

"Sec. 46.03.  PLACES WEAPONS PROHIBITED.  (a)  A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly possesses or goes with a firearm, illegal knife, club, or prohibited weapon listed in Section 46.05(a):

(1)  on the physical premises of a school or educational institution, any grounds or building on which an activity sponsored by a school or educational institution is being conducted, or a passenger transportation vehicle of a school or educational institution, whether the school or educational institution is public or private, unless pursuant to written regulations or written authorization of the institution;"

... And for those people who did bother to get a concealed handgun license and presumably have some degree of training:

"(f)  It is not a defense to prosecution under this section that the actor possessed a handgun and was licensed to carry a concealed handgun under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code."

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@observist Based on what?  DISD school resource officers, or more plainly, DISD Police, seem to handle the task of securing schools without accidentally shooting themselves, students, teachers or visitors just fine.  I don't think I've heard of one DISD police accidental shooting since I moved here.  The DISD police force might be the only part of DISD that works the way it is supposed to.

epicmale
epicmale

@CornyDoggy You don't see many news stories about this because the MSM is firmly committed to destroying the Second Amendment.  However, if you look yourself, you will find a few where it has occurred.

I might also point out that when there is no discharge of a firearm, there generally isn't a lot of newsmen lining up to print something that was only some jerk being arrested near or on the edge of a school campus.  After all, if the news reported that a teacher or principal stopped a thug from selling drugs on the playground by showing him his .45, they would be encouraging others to follow that example.  And that is contrary to the MSM's goals.

CornyDoggy
CornyDoggy

@FEDUP

Where are the mods?  Why do we allow racist filth to remain posted here?

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