If there was anything good to come from the COVID-19 pandemic, it was the lack of opportunity for gun violence at schools. The return to in-person learning has once again made students vulnerable.
Mount Tabor High School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was on lockdown Wednesday after a confirmed school shooting, Fox News reported. Worried parents were discouraged from approaching the school even after police secured the campus.
A later New York Post report confirmed there was one victim, William Chavis Raynard Miller Jr. The student was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The student killed today in the shooting at Mt Tabor HS is William Chavis Raynard Miller Jr. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family today and in the difficult days to come.
— cityofwspolice (@cityofwspolice) September 1, 2021
Forsyth County Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough said at a press conference that attempts to revive the student were unsuccessful and that the scene at the hospital was heartbreaking. “I haven’t cried in a while but I’ve been crying since I left the hospital,” he recounted.
“A lot of people in need of prayer right now; the Miller family, his mother Shannon,” Kimbrough continued. “A lot of people in need of prayer.”
Police said the suspect was tracked down and taken into custody “without incident” six hours after the shooting. They have not released the alleged shooter’s identity or any further details.
Student Shakyra Hines was in the hallway on her way to the cafeteria when shots rang out. According to her mother Myrtle, a quick-thinking teacher pulled the girl to safety inside a classroom.
One of Myrtle Hines’s other daughters, Frantazia, happened to be at the school to drop off Shakyra’s lunch. “I mean, it’s really scary. I went to Tabor for all four of my years and I’ve never seen anything like this,” the 19-year-0ld alumna told The Post. “You can’t trust your kids to be safe at school or home or anywhere anymore.”
Schools are supposed to be a safe haven for children where they’re nurtured and educated. Instead, they are sitting ducks as many districts prohibit anyone on campus from having a gun. Thankfully, it was only one victim this time — but that’s still one too many.