Perhaps, it was suicide by cop. Maybe, it was just a foolish juvenile act. Unlikely, it was an attempt to murder, since the weapon was a pellet pistol. Whatever the case, when noticed, the presence of the “gun” brought a wave of hysteria to the Brownsville, Texas middle school and police officers arrived twenty minutes later, to end the threat with bullets. Within moments of their arrival, a fifteen-year-old boy lay dead with gunshot wounds to his chest and back of head.
On the day before this event, a seventeen-year-old boy walked into a Bartlesville, Oklahoma tech school with a loaded 9mm pistol in his belt. When noticed, an instructor and a security guard confronted the teen and took the gun. After his arrest, the boy told police he brought the gun to sell it.
Two youthful acts of foolishness with two different results. Perhaps, demonstrating that when there is a “take no prisoners” attitude, people “shoot first and ask questions later,” but where cooler heads prevail, the body count is lower.