Sunday, October 15, 2006

Principal Shoots Kittens

It's true!

He argues reasonably that they couldn't care for themselves and he put them out of their misery. Others argue reasonably that he shouldn't have killed them, that there are services available to care for strays.

What's unreasonable, though, is the group of people who claim that their children's safety is at risk because of this incident. Fortunately, the people in charge in this situation have all acted reasonably:

John Mastin, acting sheriff in Koochiching County, said Pilloud could be charged with felony possession of a firearm on school property and reckless discharge of a firearm, a misdemeanor.

County Attorney Jennifer Hasbargen said Friday that the case was under review.

Mastin said the shooting put no one in danger but said Pilloud used "poor discretion and poor timing," especially amid the growing fear of gun violence in schools.

The district put Pilloud on administrative leave after the incident. Flynn said Pilloud agreed to an undisclosed settlement and resigned.

By the way, what kind of people name a county "Koochiching"??? =)

(Please, spare me the name-calling. I recognize it's probably American Indian. To my used-to-English ears, it just sounds funny.)


Eric Warburg said...

Why didn't he just take the animals off school grounds?

Darren said...

No clue. Seems it would have saved him heap big trouble.

History Dude aka Mr. D said...

Proof positive 9 out of 10 blogging teachers are smarter than administrators.
Now, here is a California story that I'll pass the ball on to you-

Darren said...

I read about that on EdWonk's blog. Scary, no? Rubber bullets and bean bags at a school?

EllenK said...

The guy was an idiot no questions asked. If I were the school board I would demand a psych eval before I let him back in the school. But, having said that, people in rural areas have very different views of animals than people in towns. Like those sightseers who marvel at the Polar bears. They ooh and ahh and think they are big cute teddy bears. Never mind that they can kill you without thinking and that they come into towns doing lots of damage. Given half a chance a city guy would try to pet the darned things whereas a country guy would at least have a gun on them. Not to play apologist for that idiot, but there are some different perspectives.