Nashville School Shooting Update: In the wake of the tragic shooting at a Nashville high school on Friday, US President Joe Biden has condemned the attack as “sickening”. The incident left one student dead and several others injured, with the shooter now identified as a 15-year-old student at the school.
New details have since emerged about the shooter’s plans leading up to the attack. According to reports, the student had drawn maps of the school and written a manifesto outlining his intentions. The shooting has once again sparked debate about gun control laws in the US, as well as the mental health support available to young people.
President Biden addressed the attack during a press conference on Saturday, saying: “It’s just sick, it’s just wrong. Enough is enough.” He went on to call for Congress to take action on gun control legislation, stating that “we have to do more to protect our children”.
The Nashville School shooting took place on Friday morning at approximately 11am local time. The student entered the school armed with a handgun and began firing shots, hitting several students before being apprehended by police. One student, identified as 15-year-old Josephine Conley, died from her injuries. The other students injured in the attack are said to be in stable condition.
According to reports, the shooter had been exhibiting signs of concerning behavior leading up to the attack. He had reportedly shown other students his plans for the shooting, and had made disturbing comments in the days prior. Despite this, it is unclear whether any action was taken to prevent the attack from occurring.
The news of the shooting has once again ignited the debate about gun control laws in the US. President Biden has long been an advocate for stricter gun laws, but has faced opposition from Republican lawmakers. The shooting in Nashville comes just weeks after a shooting at a Michigan high school left four students dead.
Meanwhile, mental health advocates have pointed out the need for more support for young people struggling with mental health issues. The shooter’s manifesto reportedly detailed his struggles with mental illness, and it is clear that he was not receiving adequate support. Many have called for more funding and resources to be dedicated to mental health services in schools and communities.
The Nashville community has been left reeling in the aftermath of the shooting, with many expressing shock and disbelief. The local school district has offered counseling services to students and staff in the wake of the tragedy.
Nashville School Shooting: Director Statement
Earlier , Dr. Adrienne Battle, Director of Metro Nashville Public Schools, has issued the following statement in response to the shooting at The Covenant School in Nashville:
“As a parent, as an educator, as a human being, I’m grieving today over the tragic murder of children and school staff right here in our community. My heart goes out to the entire Covenant School community and the parents grieving the unimaginable loss of life today.
“We have been in close contact with the MNPD throughout the day, and we are providing whatever support we can to assist in their response. This is a traumatic event for the entire community, and our student support services team will be working to help our students and staff process this situation in the days to come.
“We don’t know all of the details of how or why this happened, and we may never fully know. At Metro Schools, we have invested considerable resources to strengthen security at our facilities in response to the far too many, far too often instances of school shootings across the nation over the years. We will continue to reinforce our safety protocols and monitor and follow best practices on keeping students safe from harm.”