A young man with a suspected history of mental illness killed his mother, a teacher at a local elementary school, at home then drove her vehicle to the school and proceeded to kill some 20 children before committing suicide. The event so stunned the nation that the President addressed it in a short message earlier in the day.
It also spurred heated discussions on gun control, mental illness, security of students in public schools, and more. At least one petition calling for President Obama to introduce harsher gun control legislation was being circulated online.
In a bizarre parallel case in China, a man wounded over 20 schoolchildren with a knife. None of the students died, however.
© C Harris Lynn, 2012