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A 12 year old girl was charged with negligence Thursday after a gun she brought to a Los Angeles middle school accidentally fired, leaving four other children wounded, a police spokesman said.
Los Angeles Police spokesman Josh Rubenstein says the girl has been booked on a charge of negligent discharge of a firearm on school grounds. Her name was not released.
He says she was sobbing and kept repeating, didn mean it. He says she told him that the gun was in her backpack and that it accidentally went off when she dropped the bag. It’s unclear why the girl brought the gun to school. at Salvador B. Castro Middle School just west of the city downtown, police said.
One of the injured students, a 15 year old boy, was in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the head. A 15 year old girl hit by a bullet in the wrist was in fair condition, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott.
The other victims have been released from the hospital.
TV footage showed a dark haired girl wearing a sweatshirt being led out of the school in handcuffs.
Steven Zipperman, chief of the Los Angeles Unified School Police Department, said a weapon had been recovered.
School shootings by girls are rare. One of the most well known cases was Brenda Spencer, who targeted Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego in 1979. The 16 year old killed a principal and a custodian and injured eight children. When asked about her motivation, she reportedly said don like Mondays. The school has about 365 students in grades 6 through 8. Most students are Hispanic and many are from low income families.
The shooting comes a little more than a week after a 15 year old boy was arrested on murder charges after police said he killed two and wounded more than a dozen others in a shooting spree at a rural Kentucky high school.
While school shootings are always alarming, James Alan Fox, a professor of criminology, law and public policy at Northeastern University says schools are, by and large, safe. “They been safe for a long time,” he says. “They remain safe.”
Research shows that school shootings’ frequency and body count have dropped over the past 20 plus years. Young people, he notes, are far more likely to die off school grounds in a homicide, a fall, a firearm accident, a drowning or even while riding a bicycle than they are in a school attack.
Researching a Fox found that in the years from 1999 to 2013, homicides, bicycle accidents, firearm accidents, falls and swimming pool drownings accounted for 31,827 of the total 32,464 reported deaths. Deaths in school shootings numbered 154, or less than 0.5%.