On the anniversary of the horrific school shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado, there was another school shooting in Florida.
This time, the police didn’t run from the sound of gun shots.
As reported by News4Jax:
Friday’s shooting at Forest High School in Ocala happened on a day planned for a national classroom walkout to protest gun violence. A 17-year-old boy was taken to a hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening wound to his ankle.
The suspect, Sky Bouche said “sorry,” followed by “It doesn’t matter anyway” to reporters as he was led from the school in handcuffs by several deputies. Authorities said Bouche was a former student at the school.
“I didn’t shoot anyone,” he said to reporters. He ignored most of the other questions until asked what he’d say to the shooting victim. That’s when he said, “sorry.”
The shooting comes just over two months after a gunman killed 17 people and wounded 17 others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Nikolas Cruz, 19, faces the death penalty if convicted in that Valentine’s Day shooting.
It also coincided with a nationwide student walkout to protest gun violence on the anniversary of the 1999 massacre at Colorado’s Columbine High School. The Ocala school had planned its version of a walkout, students said.
This was no Parkland, however. During the Parkland shooting, the school resource officer waited outside while the murderer went on his shooting rampage.
Not at Forest High School. Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy James Long rushed into the school to protect the students.
Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods praised the quick response by the school resource officer, as well as school personnel and first responders. In the Parkland shooting, school resource officer Scot Peterson retired amid accusations he didn’t do enough to confront the Stoneman Douglas gunman.
The Forest resource officer, Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy James Long, “did not hesitate. He went right in,” Woods said at a news conference. Woods said Long heard a “large, loud banging sound” and immediately responded.
The sheriff said the Bouche wasn’t injured, wasn’t fired at and was arrested without resistance.
“Marion County does everything to protect their children,” Woods said.
Deputy James Long showed us what a real hero does.