Children hold hands while being directed by school staff and police officers to Cajon High School. Photo courtesy of The New York Times.
This time it was a special education classroom that became the scene of the latest school shooting in the United States although not the first for the city of San Bernardino, California. Monday morning Cedric Anderson entered the school with intentions to drop something off for his wife Karen Elaine Smith, a teacher in a special needs classroom at North Park Elementary School. He passed through the office before entering the classroom and shooting his wife, with stray bullets presumably hitting two students standing behind her. The two children were airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center where upon arrival one was listed in critical condition and one, eight year old Jonathan Martinez, had passed away.
Reports claim that Cedric and Karen had been married for a few months but living separately for the last month after Karen learned of Cedric’s troubled past, including prior domestic abuse charges and charges of weapon possession. Numerous police officers arrived on scene who found two dead within the classroom and two injured students before assisting with the evacuation of the children to local Cajon High School. The shooting has been labeled a murder-suicide; a different tone from the terror-attack that occurred in December of 2015 where 14 were shot dead during a holiday party at a center for people with developmental disabilities. President Trump has called Mayor R. Carey Davis to offer condolences and assist in any way possible. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has previously expressed support for President Trump’s ban on gun-free zones around school took to Twitter to call for prayers of those affected by the violence. It is almost certain that the recent attack will bring an increased level of discussion to the heated gun control debate throughout the country.
Read more about the attack and victims here.