14-year-old brings two handguns to school in Wyoming
GILLETTE, WY – November 16, 2018
Another school shooting could have happened, but was thankfully prevented by the police.
The incident took place in Gilette, Wyoming, a town of only about 32,000 people. Nonetheless, due to the many coal mines, oil factories, and coalbed methane gas plants and companies there, the locals often call their hometown the “Energy Capital of the Nation,” with every right to do so, as about 35% of the nation's coal is extracted there.
Luckily, the police prevented a school shooting there, so the town won’t be referred to as the “School Shooting Capital of the Nation.”
A 14-year-old junior high student who brought two handguns and 36 rounds of ammunition to a Wyoming school and threatened to shoot another student and staff members is now facing nine counts of attempted first-degree murder.
The student told the police he simply “didn’t like” some of his classmates and decided to kill them.
On Tuesday morning, the student was carrying a 40-caliber handgun and had a 9mm handgun in his locker when another student heard him making threats and told the school staff about it. The staff quickly contained the student, called the police, and locked down the school.
The student acted alone, officials said.
The Campbell County Attorney's Office declined to say whether the teen, whose name hasn't been released because of his age, will be charged as a juvenile or as an adult. As has happened numerous times before, the student took the guns from a family member without the owner's consent, according to the police.
This incident is likely to spark a new wave of gun control debates.