School Shooting Leaves 20 Dead, More Wounded
The town of Lima, Ohio, was rocked yesterday when students Levin and Leads opened fire at McKinley High School before killing themselves.
"You just don't expect something like this," Said Officer Kelvin, head of Lima's police force. "There are some guys on my force with kids in that school…some guys who have been on the beat with me for twenty years, and they were coming out of that school sick."
Bently, another officer, said, "It's not really the blood that gets to you…I mean, it is the blood. That never stops being bad. But then you see that it came out of some kid. And then you think, "My God, that could be my kid." That's when you have to get some air. Because these things do happen to you."
Preliminary reports say that two members of the teaching staff are among those who died in the tragedy that also took the lives of at least eighteen students. A dozen more remain in critical condition at Lima Memorial Hospital.
The shooting started at 1:55 in the afternoon near the gym lockers. Many were killed in the hallways after fleeing from the sound of gunshots.
Principal Figgins commented, "I cannot believe this happened in my school. I thought Ohio was safe…I had conversations with Bradley [Levin] and Mitchell [Leads] myself." In response to a question, he threw up his hands, "No, no of course there were no suicidal or homicidal tendencies. Do you think I would have endangered the lives of hundreds of students by lettering people with homicidal tendencies remain at the school?"
At the end of the interview, Figgins added, "I am proud of the actions of the teaching staff…Sue Sylvester and Will Schuester especially…terrible…terrible…."
The day ended with many residents of Lima congregating at the hospital. High school students who were not injured in the rampage passed out candles. Rachel Berry, a student who began a chorus of impromptu singing, seemed shell-shocked when asked about what happened.
"I just can't believe they're all gone." She said,
"I can't believe they're all dead."