If what students from
According to police and eye witnesses, before Coon killed himself, he shot two students and two teachers.
Coon was suspended for fighting Monday and he was not supposed to be at the
Now, here is a quote from a student of
“He's crazy. He threatened to blow up our school. He threatened to stab everybody,” said student Doneisha LeVert. “We didn’t think nothing of it.”
But this is where it gets interesting. According to LeVert, Coon made that threat last Friday in front of teachers and no one took him seriously.
How could no one take him seriously? In a world where two
Yes, hindsight is 20/20, but the 14-year-old Coon was arrested last year for “a domestic violence incident and police had been to his home before for incidents that involved weapons,” CNN reported.
And last year, Coon threatened to commit suicide while in the care of a mental health facility, reported the Cleveland Plain Dealer. According to the story, Coon also refused to take his medication but it did not reveal what the medication was or why he was taking it.
Add that up along with his wardrobe selection and the threat, this should have sent up a lot of red flags. At this time, it has not been reported that school officials wanted Coon to be evaluated but it does not seem like it. And it is not known at this time if Coon was still receiving treatment prior to the attacks In any case, it’s clear that Coon was not getting the proper help he needed.
It is hard to believe that no school official thought, “Hey, these kids are nuts during the best of times but this kid has a history of emotional and criminal problems, maybe I should take some extra precaution.” Did
And the Associated Press reported that students and parents have made allegations that the metal detectors at the front door of this school are not always turned on, while CNN reported that Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath stated the school does not have them.
The only saving grace for
And this certainly aims a critical spotlight on
Sadly, we live in a time where students who make remarks about blowing up their school or threatening harm to others needs to be taken more seriously.
Coon clearly had emotional problems that
We must stay vigilant in these times and hope that after a proper investigation into this matter, something like this can be prevented.