A man who “aggressively” tried to enter an Alabama elementary school failed in his endeavor thanks to the school keeping most of its doors locked and having courageous school resource officers present — the same policy prescriptions, incidentally, that leftists have ruthlessly mocked on social media.
“As best I know, there was a potential intruder. A gentleman who was coming around to several doors trying to get into the building,” Gadsden City Schools Superintendent Tony Reddick told local station WBMA.
“Our principal was alerted immediately and went around to make sure the doors were secure, which they already were,” Reddick added.
The principal of Walnut Park Elementary School in Gadsden also contacted a school resource officer and placed the school into lockdown.
It is unknown if the potential intruder was armed.
— Erin Wise (@ErinWiseTV) June 9, 2022
The man, later identified as 32-year-old Robert Tyler White, was apparently also spotted by a bystander walking by the school.
“[A] person who was passing by the school reportedly saw White trying to get into the school and looking into cars. That citizen called the police to report White as being a suspicious person,” WBMA reported.
When authorities with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency arrived, they spotted a school resource officer trying to stop White from breaking into their cruiser.
“ALEA officials said White resisted and attempted to take the SRO’s gun. ALEA officials said additional officers from the Gadsden Police Department responded to the scene to provide assistance. White was shot and pronounced dead,” according to WBMA.
It’s not clear whether ALEA officers or the school resource officer killed White.
The person who was shot and killed in front of Walnut Park Elementary School has been identified as Robert Tyler White, According to ALEA, White is from North Carolina.
ALEA has not specified if the school resource officer or responding Gadsden police officers shot White. pic.twitter.com/tayhTDg2a6
— Erin Wise (@ErinWiseTV) June 10, 2022
The events in Gadsden seem to lend credence to the theory that some school shootings, particularly mass shootings, could be nipped in the bud in part by, for starters, forcing every school to adopt a single point of entry policy and hire school resource officers. Yet these sorts of policy prescriptions have faced ruthless mockery from the left.
Indeed, just this week, after a far-left activist intent on murdering Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was arrested outside the justice’s home, far-left actor Patton Oswalt posted a tweet sarcastically suggesting that Kavanaugh should just implement a single point of entry policy for his home and arm his family.
JUST PUT ONE DOOR ON KAVANAUGH’S HOUSE AND ARM HIS FAMILY PROBLEM SOLVED https://t.co/aqu6BK7WuZ
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) June 8, 2022
Yet locked doors and armed security were in fact what prevented the murder of Kavanaugh, as noted at the time by critics.
It’s amazing that people think this is a clever take when the shooter was stopped by armed security and a locked door.
— Bonchie (@bonchieredstate) June 8, 2022
It was literally armed security and a locked door that saved him … this is not the dunk you think, Patton. https://t.co/nsmoLJmgKw
— The🐰FOO (@PolitiBunny) June 8, 2022
Similarly, locked doors and armed officers prevented White from carrying out whatever it is that he’d sought to do at Walnut Park Elementary School.
So, locked doors and armed security does indeed work… pic.twitter.com/nUdui5O6cx
— Erica Kaiser (@EricaKaiser_) June 9, 2022
Locked doors and a school resource officer that did their job. Amazing what can be avoided when protocol is followed.
— … (@AnonNotQ) June 9, 2022
So a locked single point of entry and an armed school resource officer who does their job and prevented a potential school shooting. Don’t tell @pattonoswalt.
— 🇺🇸 #IAmTheNRA Rosenblum (@StevenRosenblum) June 9, 2022
Amazing you mean like the same stuff that works in banks, office buildings,the white house, and airports could actually work in schools? Fascinating! Has congress been informed?
— pat (@pconn50) June 9, 2022
So they had a resource officer that was actually onsite, armed and not a coward? Amazing how precautions work, if they are implemented properly and cowards aren’t involved.
— Schaun (@Schaunob) June 9, 2022
As noted by the latter Twitter user, the key of course is that the armed security must be properly trained and possess courage.
This matters gravely because of what happened in Uvalde, where a mass shooter succeeded in killing nearly two dozen children because local police officers lacked both proper training and courage.
Instead of rushing into the classroom inside which the shooter had barricaded himself, the officers reportedly stood outside for over an hour. During that time, 19 children and two teachers were executed.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) May 31, 2022
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