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Embry Riddle Finals Week Mass shooting ---Averted (4AM prep, apprehended 935AM)

(if'I've made a ton of mistakes in my typing, I don't know that it matters... spilling it out here as i process)

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One ray of hope - FINALLY one of them is still alive and charged with Terrorism.

Not sure how to entitle this blog. So I get my son for one more day?

I'm still processing since i got the text and call at 230 while driving. kids who don't answer texts for hours to days is not cool while living in ZombieLand. 

I never fool myself and think for a second any of us are safe from mass gUn violence.

So, Today it was OUR Turn and only through what a headline called "the Grace of god" but I call LUCK... My son was not gunned down alongside his classmates and staff by a fellow student-- headed off to campus today with a backpack containing a collapsible rifle, 6 magazines and boxes of several hundred additional rounds.

As Usual he had made statements on social media and wrote about his mental state. Today 2 Students who saw his posts where he described his plans and told exactly how he was packing his backpack at 4:10AM, they reported the threat to ERAU Campus Police who reviewed the messages and contacted Daytona Police. Only by the luck that 2 students SAW his snapchat in the middle of the night, did the PD get a chance to stake OUT his apartment and apprehend him AS he was leaving to go to campus to commit mass murder at 9:35AM. 

kids were on their way to finals. This one sold his car to buy the arsenal he had and confessed directly to police. This is the first time we've stopped it before it happened AND the shooter is charged with Terrorism.- step in the right direction. My son's roommates are all in the flight school and one is an alumni instructor. This 19 year old was iN flight school - probably on his way to the room where his finals were taking place and we may have lost SO many souls including instructors and profs. this is the RARE story. 

When I used to talk to one of my best friends here, I'd be laughed at about how seriously i take guns because of what I've seen growing up and in the real world.  I don't have a twisted desire to shoot things or own one for any purpose when there are other ways to defend person and property. When you come from the real world where the sound of a gunshot means there's a person on the receiving end of that bullet, you're cut from a different cloth.  I also have 2 sons who have had their share of emotional disturbances while growing up in this completely Fvcked Up world. I KNOW that if a firearm is present and a person is unstable or even having a MOMENT of despair, it's almost a guarantee one of the first "ideas" they will have as a solution to their despair would involve that object which promises FINALITY. 

It's just a matter of time until it's your turn. 

This story will not surface widely because there isn't a pile of dead kids this time

 I used to be glad I left teaching, then glad when my kids finally got out of High School buildings, then I had to worry about college campuses , their stadiums and  mass gatherings ,  then prohibit them from attending Protests to avoid being mowed down by vehicles or brutalized by police.. then back to school sh00ters.

This school has an awful record of student suicides in the last few years. The most recent student suicide was last week and the one before was about 1 month AGO. A memorial in the grass this spring with flags for Every suicide looked like a 911 memorial. 

we are a species in Crisis and our youth are in the worst shape...yet, Crickets.

Do come to the mental health office for crisis support, though, but be sure not to TELL them you are SAD, because they Baker Act every student instead of getting them help in Florida. The Abuses of the Baker Act in Florida traumatize students from age 5 and up at a rate of over 100K for every 4 deemed to be legitimate by psych eval. Some of these children die in custody. There's now a citizens civil rights group fighting these abuses for years with no change except 1 recent decision against a school when the child died as a result of the false reporting and institutionalization.  We're fvcked at a society which doesn't value life...

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Thank you for keeping our sons from becoming another statistic today. #EmbryRiddle parents .

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