This morning, a little girl was shot by an 8 year old boy at a daycare, in an accident. He had the gun in his backpack and was playing with it. The article is here.
Here’s the article (emphasis mine)
GERMANTOWN, Md. (AP) – A gun brought to a day care center by an 8-year-old boy accidentally went off Tuesday, wounding a 7-year-old girl in the arm, police said.
The boy had the gun in the backpack and was playing with it when it went off at the For Kids We Care center, Montgomery County (website – news) police spokesman Derek Baliles said.
The girl was taken to Children’s Hospital in Washington, he said. Her injury was not considered life-threatening.
There were six children in the center at the time of the shooting, which happened around 7 a.m. No one else was hurt.
Police said they do not know where the child got the gun. Names of the children, both from Germantown, were not released.
Police spokeswoman Nancy Nickerson visited the scene shortly after the shooting and said the children were watching television.
“The day care provider there did an excellent job of keeping the children safe and secure and calm,” she said.
Meanwhile parents whose children attend the day care center are stunned by the shooting.
Many, like Jackie Tazwell, say they’ve never had a problem with the For Kids We Care facility. Tazwell says she’s concerned about the shooting. But, she says, the main thing is that the little girl who was shot is fine. The day care is located in a Germantown apartment complex.
Neighbor Charlene Pearsall says a lot of residents use the facility and she’s never heard anyone say anything bad about it.
In fact, officials say some of the kids were moved to another center owned by the same day care operator. For Kids We Care Inc. operates two medium-size daycare centers in Germantown, according to its Web site.
Let me just say how completely shocked and apalled I am at this article. For the obvious reasons of a young girl getting hurt, yes, but why in the h*&* is the article making the daycare out to be the bad guy? How unusual is it for an eight-year old boy to play in his backpack? Not at all. Is it the daycare’s responsibility to assume the parents are so NEGLIGENT as to let a child not only have access to a gun but put one in his backpack. I am smoking mad at the irresponsible manner in which the news is reporting this. How about the outrage at parents that let their children play with dangerous weapons? I’m just sick to think the daycare is going to hold responsibility for this because of the fucktardedness of this boys parents. The daycare people shouldn’t be expected to have to say “no, no little Tommy, don’t play in your backpack, you might accidentally shoot someone with the gun you have in there” Wow. Our society is just…grrr… I guess they’ll end up getting sued for not doing weapons checks.