Nothing can take away from the tragedy that has taken place at this elementary school. Of course, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the victim. It will be interesting to see what lies in the wake of the shooting from a criminal justice standpoint. Like all other shooting, I am sure this will bring a backlash from anti-gun communities as these situations always do. Additionally, the elementary school will undoubtedly see security changes, which are always welcome. Education on the part of the parents is key in the end. Firearms in the home are a privilege granted to us through laws but should be only for those smart enough not to let an elementary student take one to school. The boy's parents will surely be charged heavily, especially when the outcome is learned of Amina Kocer-Bowman.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
WA state school shooting
The 9 year old boy plead guilty to possession of a gun, bringing a dangerous weapon to school, and reckless endangerment. He will be required to complete 48 hours of community service, before serving 12 months of probation. In addition, the boy is ordered to write an apology letter to the victim.Kocer-Bowman has undergone 5 surgeries for excessive injuries to her vital organs and is currently in critical condition at a Washington state hospital. The father of Kocer-Bowman, John Bowman, has been obviously outspoken on the issue, most recently stating, “It’s unfortunate but we can’t make excuses for his circumstances, for his actions, it’s totally unacceptable.” Depending on the source, Mr. Bowman has been said to have forgiven the boy who shot his daughter. His opinion may be subject to change though as his daughter is still in critical condition.
It seems no matter the source, the boy’s parents are being blamed. Jamie Lee Passmore and her boyfriend, Douglas Bauer, are currently attending a NASCAR event in Nevada but are expected to be arrested when they return home. They are accused of allowing the boy access to the firearm during a weekend visit.