Today on April 2, 2012, a gunman opened fire at Oikos University, a small Christian school in Oakland, California. The mayhem began midmorning when the suspect walked into one of the school buildings where he first shot a woman at the front desk, and then preceded down hallways trying to get into rooms. The man then entered one of the classrooms, and ordered everyone to line up against the wall. He then began shooting point blank at the victims. After this horrific tragedy ended seven people lay dead with an additional three wounded. The suspect was not caught at the school, but instead was found at a shopping center about three miles away from the school. Apparently, the suspect was approached by a security guard at the store where he told the guard that he had to talk to police immediately because he had shot people. It is said that the suspect was a nursing student who had been absent for months before returning today. I am sure there will be more concrete information on this incident in the next couple days, but I felt like writing about it right now.
The reason I choose this article is because these sort of incidents make me extremely angry. Ever since the Columbine shooting I have been asking myself why would anyone want to do that to so many innocent people. Right when it seems like we have not heard of anything like this happening for awhile it then suddenly happens. Everyone wants to immediately point fingers at someone, but in reality these type of scenarios are just unpredictable. To relate this to some of our classroom material, some may say it was a breakdown within an organization's structure. The question is did the university fail to prevent this, or is this just a horrible tragedy that no one could prevent? I believe there is no correct way something like this can be prevented. There should be no reason a finger be pointed at anyone. If there should be someone to blame it should be the offender, or anyone else that had known about this before hand. By using the organism metaphor we can hope that this university and others can be able to adapt/make changes to how they react to these certain type of situations. For example, as a school/university you can implement some sort of evacuation plan or protocol to follow. On the other hand I am pretty sure that most police agencies if not all have a certain protocol that they follow when given this certain scenario. In the end this whole incident is just a horrible tragedy. It is truly unfair for innocent people to be killed from some psychotic person taking out their anger in such a horrific way.