I guess before I delve back into last month’s stories I’m behind on, I should talk about the school shooting that happened in Ocala, Florida, yesterday. When I first heard a shooting took place my heart initially filled with dread. Before I read any news about it, my mind immediately went to the fact that yesterday was the 19th anniversary of Columbine. For a moment I thought after so many years of cretins and troglodytes planning school shootings and other crimes for April 20th, one of them was finally successful. However, after reading the news I wouldn’t say the streak was broken.
Yesterday, 19-year-old Sky Bouche carried a sawed-off shotgun inside a guitar case into his former high school, Forest High School. He fired a round into a classroom door striking a 17-year-old student in the ankle. The student suffered minor injuries. After that, Bouche is said to have dropped the gun, walked to a teacher and waited for his arrest. So far, it is not believed yesterday’s date had anything to do with the reason behind the shooting. Instead, it’s believed Bouche has a history of mental illness. However, his mental illness isn’t to the point where he didn’t know right from wrong.
Bouche allegedly purchased the gun illegally. Ocala.com reports “Bouche bought the gun without a background check in a private sale arranged through an online service about a week after the Parkland shooting so he could get it before he turned 21.” If I had to hazard a guess, I bet the online service was Armslist, the craigslist of guns. You can read a bit more about Armslist and their questionable practices here.
Due to the fact there was minimal damage in the shooting, and Bouche surrendered without incident, I wouldn’t be opposed to Bouche being sentenced to a mental health facility to get the help he needs. He doesn’t seem to exhibit the traits of a typical school shooter so I don’t think he’s beyond rehabilitation.