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I'm Trying REALLY Hard Not To Freak Out 
3rd-Oct-2008 10:00 am
Two boys from my nephew's high school were arrested yesterday for bringing loaded guns to school, guns they stole from a house they broke into last Friday. One of the boys has a history of bullying and harassing Jake for well over a year now and has made numerous threats against him as well as physically assaulting him on more than one occasion. Jake is the kid who wears the goth clothes and has a mohawk, he doesn't take shit off these kids who pick on him and understands that the price of being different means you're going to get gawked at by ignorant assholes. He wore a Bad Religion t-shirt and was sent to the office because it offended some other students who it was later found were staging it because they don't like the fact that Jake is an atheist. The principal told them that it was his right and that they needed to get over themselves.

The story is only being covered by one local news station as far as I can tell, having just broke this morning. Only last night Jake was telling us upon hearing the rumor about this incident that he was actually becoming fearful of them for the first time at the possibility of this being true and wanted us to call his counselor tomorrow. Only last week someone tried to pick him up and throw him into a trashcan, but he didn't know who it was as there were many kids trying to board the bus home. He had an altercation with this kid as recently as a week ago at the bus stop, wherein the kid verbally assaulted Jake.

They stashed the guns in the bathroom ceiling tiles so as to avoid the hall monitor cameras. They were showing them off to others on the bus yesterday when a student text messaged soemone on another bus to let them know what was going on out of fear, the student receiving the text notified their bus driver and that was when the authorities got involved and boarded the bus for search and seizure of alleged weapons. The kids at that point were passing the guns back and forth under their seats to try and thwart them, and a female student smuggled the guns off the bus in a backpack - but obviously to no avail.

I know that he's safer today than he was yesterday and that the boys in question are now in custody, but I'm having a rough time calming myself down because I'm motherfucking furious. Not just at these kids, but at their parents as well for not doing a better job in knowing who their children really are.

I've collected myself and spoken on the phone with close friends before posting this, and I'm beyond furious right now. Believe me, six different kinds of hell will be raised in the days to come.

EDIT 1: They changed the news story, apparently the kids are in the custody of their parents. WHAT. THE. FUCK.

EDIT 2: I just received an email from the news channel covering this story after I left a comment on the site asking if we would like to be interviewed. I called the reported back as he'd asked me to do and we spoke for several minutes. He asked if I would be willing to go on camera, and I told him I would consult with my family and get back to him. Of course I would be willing if we agree as a family, but I'm not willing to make that decision without first discussing it with them.
3rd-Oct-2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
Man, I'd be at the school every day. Kids with weapons is enough to freak anyone out...
4th-Oct-2008 02:28 pm (UTC)
You're telling me!
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3rd-Oct-2008 02:29 pm (UTC)
Yes. Every single one of them that touched the guns needs, at the very least, the fear of fucking god put into them, and possibly some sort of punitive action. Community service, a fine.... something.

But good on the kid who texted his friend on another bus. That was very smart.
3rd-Oct-2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
Man, poor Jake!
4th-Oct-2008 02:31 pm (UTC)
When he came home from school yesterday he wasn't much different than usual, if for a little bit more aware of how serious this is. Emotionally speaking he was about the same. He was told by me before Mom & Dad got home to be more aware of his surroundings and to notify people should he ever see these kids at school or anywhere else.
3rd-Oct-2008 02:24 pm (UTC)
< lurky stranger >

Damn. That's terrifying. Thinking good thoughts for you and your family (and for the school/authorities to get their shit together).

< / lurky stranger >
4th-Oct-2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
Today is a much better day for us all. We appreciate it!
3rd-Oct-2008 02:29 pm (UTC)
Since the school seems to be at least partially aware of the history between Jake and the asshats, could you ask the school to talk to the sheriff?

Remind them that no one wants a school shooting to occur (duh) and that if it DID happen and the media found out that this explicit warning came up and the principal/school board did nothing to hinder this dangerous little fuck...
4th-Oct-2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
This is high school, last year was middle school - disciplinary records don't transfer from school to school, but we are absolutely notifying the high school and the sheriff of this information on the boy's history.
3rd-Oct-2008 02:49 pm (UTC)
Mike Jolley is a good guy, he's been Sherrif in Harris County for many years. Hell he was the sherrif there when Mack had his car wreck. He's always been a real nice guy. When he says they'll prosecute those punks, I believe he means it.

Outside of that, I ache for you honey. I cannot imagine the amount of fear any parent or relative of these students must be feeling right now. I'm glad Jake is well, even though I'm sure scared out of his wits.
4th-Oct-2008 02:34 pm (UTC)
I hope so, but then I'm in need of more evidence that this is being taken more seriously in order for me to not want to raise complete hell about it.

Thanks, love - it is appreciated!
3rd-Oct-2008 02:54 pm (UTC)
Oh. My. God.
*is so shocked that can't say anything coherent in English... or any language*
4th-Oct-2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
That was me for more than half the day yesterday, but we are much better now.
3rd-Oct-2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
I think it's definitely to Jake's benefit, and possibly others, to be as visible and vocal as possible. While he made get made fun of, it will likely get the boys' parents to pay MUCH closer attention to them, since it's obvious who the perpetrators would be, should anything happen.

I would also focus on the legal aspect and not the emotional aspect, because that puts the sheriff in a weird situation. Every single child that touched the weapon should be charged with helping the boys, and they should be in serious trouble as well. Not taking this seriously is A.Bad.Idea, for the school and law enforcement.
4th-Oct-2008 02:40 pm (UTC)
This weekend will involve a lot of processing and discussion to determine a course of action, but there WILL be action happening from us. Count on it,

Couldn't agree more - the emotional aspect is for the media and the other parents of children at the school as a means of motivation.
3rd-Oct-2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
Wow, I'm sure it makes you still wonder how far it could have gone. So glad for the smart kids who relayed the urgent issue to the right people. Lots of dumb kids in this crowd too for sneaking the guns around. They're just not aware of the dangers. Hell, with Columbine so long ago, do they even know about it?

Remind yourself that everyone is safe right now due to some smart thinking kids. That shows we do have some smart people looking out for us and I'm sure Jake would do the same thing. At least everyone is far more aware of the situation now and hopefully all of the kids a little wiser. That's how kids learn.

Edited at 2008-10-03 03:10 pm (UTC)
4th-Oct-2008 02:42 pm (UTC)
That's ALL I could think about yesterday, the 'what if's'. Funny you mention Columbine, when Jake was little one of his occasional babysitters lived in Littleton and went to Columbine.

Hard to keep focus on the ones who did well when I'm still in the emotional tornado of how close I might have come to losing my baby boy - but it will come.
3rd-Oct-2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
Oh my :-/

These kids need to be put into actual custody immediately. Their parents allowed this shit to happen in the first place, and bringing loaded guns to school isn't something you just slap a kid on the wrist for.
4th-Oct-2008 02:42 pm (UTC)
3rd-Oct-2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
FUCKING CRAZYNESS. Renea told me about this, and let me just say: WTF?!?!

I'm sorry that this happened, it says horrible things about the state of our country, education system, youth, and culture. However, I'm glad it was discovered before any huge harm could be done.


Oh, and your BFF is awesome. Srsly. ;)
4th-Oct-2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry I was so short with you on the phone but glad you understood why!

Thanks love - and yes, she certainly is!
3rd-Oct-2008 03:29 pm (UTC)
What even happened to so-called "zero-tolerance"?

   >> The story is only being covered by one local news station as far as I can tell, having just broke this morning.

Sadly, bullying and (actual) school shootings are becoming the norm in the United States and are no longer shocking at all.
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3rd-Oct-2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
Christ on crutches thats scary. What the hell is wrong with these kids, and their parents? I'd cry for the world if I hadn't shed too many tears for it already.
4th-Oct-2008 02:44 pm (UTC)
I will never understand how as a parent these kids do this stuff and it flies under their radar.
3rd-Oct-2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
Wholly Shit! I definitely concur with what several other individuals have posted that the students who helped smuggle the guns off the bus should be charged. I'm sorry to hear about this. It is events like this which sometimes make me question my wanting to be a teacher. It's the sort of thing which scares me stupid.
I'm hoping and praying everything turns out alright.
4th-Oct-2008 02:45 pm (UTC)
Today is a better day, so we have to trudge ahead!
3rd-Oct-2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
The kids are in their parent's custody... What the fuck is right. They should be treated like anyone else who takes a gun into a place they are not allowed i.e. a government building... slammed on the ground and hauled off to jail.
4th-Oct-2008 02:45 pm (UTC)
...and charged to the fullest extent of the law.
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