York Comprehensive High School, South Carolina (courtesy heraldonline.com)

“A gun belonging to a York County Sheriff’s Office deputy accidentally discharged Monday morning outside York High School,” charlotteobserver.com reports. “The gun discharged into a sidewalk at the school, on S.C. 5 a short distance east of S.C. 64.” Naughty gun! Not to mention the deputy who just might have been showing his piece to someone when the gun suddenly decided to fire. “The deputy, who is the school’s resource officer, was among four people in the vicinity at the time, a spokesman said. Authorities say the deputy has been placed on administrative leave, and another school resource officer has been assigned at York High.” Yes, that’s it! Replace the “expert” with another “expert,” preferably someone in uniform so an active shooter can know whom to shoot first. Once again: cops are less responsible than your average concealed carry licensee who can do a better job protecting kids than these overpaid, overweight, overconfident police pension-pullers. Bush the Elder’s Gun Free School Zones Act must die so that kids don’t.

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38 Responses to Passively Constructed Negligent Discharge Story of the Day: How’s That Whole School Resource Officer Thing Working Out for You?

    • You beat me to it. The gun didn’t accidentally (or even negligently) discharge itself. I also object to “the car went out of control…” no, the negligent driver neglected to maintain proper control of the vehicle.

      (what I lack in promptness I sometimes try to make up for in verbosity.)

    • There is no such thing as an accident, only negligence. By the way, there’s one sure way to guarantee that you’ll never “have an accident.” Simply be sure that whatever you do, you do it on purpose.

  1. I told you so!
    If a highly trained super human police officer can have an accidental discharge, why should we allow mere mortal teachers to carry firearms? (Maybe,,,,For the CHILDREN)

    I so do wish the super humans wouldn’t F’up so to disqualify mortals.

      • Thanks, I saw that and was going to edit it but my time ran out.
        I pulled the “post comment” trigger both accidentally and also negligently for not correcting.
        Oh well, back to the keyboard range for more training.

        • Just so long as you know you’re not allowed near a school with a keyboard. Think of the children, for pity’s sake!

  2. Rather thin data base on which to base such a broad scope opinion; it is no different than saying that gun owners should be banned because IGOTDs run amongst us. The high schools in my community have LEO resource officers, and I have never heard of a discharge, much less a negligent one.

    • Hyperbole to make a point. Kind of irritating at times, but the points made on this site usually need to be made, and in fairness, the officer is the one who screwed up. I think it’s well deserved criticism.

      • Of the individual officer, yes, just as any other IGOTD, but not of police as a whole, or for that matter school resource officers.

  3. “A gun belonging to a York County Sheriff’s Office deputy discharged itself without warning or provocation. Fortunately, the officer, leading three heroic public servants, was able to subdue the Austrian assault weapon before it could hurt any of our precious children.”

    FIFY, media douchebag. No charge.

  4. The owner of the gun was “in the vicinity” when the gun went off? This story doesn’t contain enough information to make sense.

  5. administrative leave = paid vacation. What a great reward, maybe the next officer should throw his firearm and hope for a discharge too.

  6. Maybe it was Miley’s foam finger that pulled the trigger..
    Couldn’t have been a NY cop screwing up with a firearm!

  7. It really is true that people-not-of-the-gun read these sorts of stories and conclude, “well if the uniformed guys are that bad, the citizen with a gun must be awful.” Which, of course, is the opposite of reality. While both uniforms and faculty will vary in quality, there is no substitute for making sure a school-defense gun is in the hands of somebody who actually cares to assure their gun is sighted-in and they know how to shoot it at speed.

    When I read the details of Columbine, how the deputy with a red-dot equipped AR missed multiple times in two separate chances to hit one of the perps at 40-50 yards, I was just stunned, and realized he was really there just to prevent hazing from getting out of hand.

  8. This pisses me off. Just started a job as campus supervisor, and we’re supposed to believe in and trust wholeheartedly the SRO. I brought up in our training that essentially they have a target on their back, and that maybe it would be beneficial to the school for several people to be trained in firearms handling and for them to carry as well. I was nicely told to please be quiet, and that all of us were there to provide the illusion of safety, not much in the way of actual safety, and that the police were the only people to be relied upon for situations dealing with firearms. So, as I work at my school, which (I hate to say) fits the profile of a school susceptible to being targeted (predominantly white, upper-middle class, plenty of entitlement culture), my 1911 sits in the safe. Feels good. I’m glad my safety and the safety of the children and staff rests in such capable hands.

  9. Cops have accidental discharges of their firearms, and yes it was the cop not the gun. However, I don’t think every AD by a citizen makes the news. Probably a lot more happen than folks are aware of. The cop’s AD will most always make the news, other people not so much unless someone is injured.

    • The police are SUPPOSED to be goddamn professionals. Yes, professionals are held to a higher standard, as they should be. Professionals should not have negligent discharges outside of controlled training environments where they are intentionally pushing their limits. I say this as an NRA certified instructor with lots of shooting buddies who are cops.

  10. Don’t believe the lies! We know that was no “accident”.

    As any Brady, MAIG, MDA, etc. gun expert will tell you, guns are remorseless murder machines than crave the blood of children. It probably fired that shot hoping it would ricochet off the ground and hit a passing student. Fortunately the “officer” was “in the vicinity” to wrestle the murderous machine to the ground.

  11. “cops are less responsible than your average concealed carry licensee who can do a better job protecting kids than these overpaid, overweight, overconfident police pension-pullers.”

    Pretty sure I am as responsible as any responsible gun owner should be just because I decided this career field does not mean i have to become an idiotic asshole to the public. Whether or not i have my uniform on, i am a civilian. Just like any other responsible gun owner , I treat firearms with respect. Just cause you hear about a bad cop or see one on youtube doesn’t mean I am that cop.

  12. “The deputy, who is the school’s resource officer, was among four people in the vicinity at the time, a spokesman said.” See, that’s what happens when you play “Spin the Glock” in front of the school.

    You’re welcome.

  13. “The deputy, who is the school’s resource officer, was among four people in the vicinity at the time,”

    Glad he was in the vicinity when that evil gun went off, so he could stop it from going off more. If only he had it in his possession, it might not have gone off at all. Cause you know them crazy guns, always going off when they shouldn’t.

    /s/

  14. The majority of the people commenting have no clue what they are talking about and this article is ridiculous. It is made for one pupose… to excite others and stir the pot. I know this man and his commitment to safety and all people around him.

    • Tiffany, your loyal statements are noted, but do nothing to shed the light on what was actually happening when “the gun went off.” See, that passive construction is the point of this post. The article says “the gun discharged,” but not how, or why. Modern guns virtually never go off without direct human interaction, and modern journalists virtually never place the responsibility where it lies, which is in whoever was handling the gun at the time it went off. The fact that they continually write their stories as if it “just went off” just perpetuates the fear of guns among the ignorant. So, if this man was one of four nearby when “the gun discharged,” who was handling it, and what did they do wrong? Because unless this was a complete black swan event, someone (not the gun) did something wrong. Is that person aware of their mistake, and are they being educated on how to not repeat it? Or are they (falsely) secure in the knowledge that “it wasn’t their fault” and “it could have happened to anyone” or some other responsibility dodging idea?

      You might be new to guns, or new to this site, but a term you sometimes hear is “accidental discharge” or AD. Most of us around here eschew that term in favor of a more accurate one: “negligent discharge” or ND. Because, as I said above, modern guns virtually never “just go off.” There is almost always human intervention to make that happen, and that intervention is either purposeful or negligent, but virtually never is it “accidental.” There are four very simple rules to gun safety, and when people are not following them, then they are being negligent. So the question is, which (and how many) of the four rules were not being followed in this case? We are asking the question, because by writing that “the gun discharged,” the reporter who wrote the article did not.

    • If he’s so committed to safety, why was his gun not in his holster? Was there an imminent threat or just goofing around with it? Pick one.

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