On the same day that Marquis Campbell was shot and killed in Pittsburgh, a student at Seminole High School in Sanford, Florida was shot three times.
16-year-old Da’raveius Smith is accused of allegedly shooting 18-year-old Jhavon McIntyre three times. The incident was allegedly sparked by McIntyre disparaging Smith’s deceased relative.
Smith reportedly told detectives that last week, McIntyre approached him and “confronted Smith about a deceased relative” and accused Smith of making the comment ‘f you’ to the deceased, the report stated. He also said that McIntyre taunted him between classes.
Again, sometime there are no good guys.
Anyway, The school’s resource officer was informed by students there was a gun on campus. As the officer went to investigate, shots rang out through the school. The officer found McIntyre on the floor after he had been shot in the leg and wrist. McIntyre underwent surgery and is expected to recover from his injuries.
Smith was said to have fled the school after the shooting. Police found a 9mm handgun in the bushes near the school’s tennis court. Smith was taken into custody shortly thereafter. Smith has been charged with first-degree attempted murder, possession of a weapon and discharging a weapon on school property, and disturbing the peace while interfering with school administration functions.
It seems, on the surface, this is a rare occurrence of a school shooting that resulted from bullying. I get it. Bullying sucks and makes life unbearable. I know. I was bullied for 12 years in school. The schools did nothing about it and my dad told me to ‘man up’. Still, it’s never an excuse for murder, or in this case, attempted murder.
Also, I didn’t see any word on how Smith is said to have obtained the gun. Knowing how much our society worships at the altar of the gun, especially in Florida, that tidbit of information might never be known.
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