School's armed officer was out as shooting occurred

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Updated: 1/10/2013 3:45 pm

TAFT, Calif. (AP) — Police in rural Taft, Calif., say they arrived at a high school within 60 seconds of the first reports of gunfire.

The sheriff of Kern County, Calif., says a 16-year-old student shot at a high school is in critical but stable condition.

Sheriff Donny Youngblood says the shooter is a student who walked into a class at Taft Union High School Thursday morning and shot the teen with a shotgun, and then fired at another student but missed. A teacher suffered a minor pellet wound to the head.

Youngblood says the teacher tried to get other students out a back door, then he and another staff member engaged the shooter in conversation to distract him, and convinced him to put down the gun.

Officials said there's usually an armed officer on campus but the person wasn't there because he was snowed in.

 

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Tommy - 1/11/2013 5:58 PM
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When seconds count, the police are minutes away? No wait- they are snowed in. 60 seconds I doubt, but even if true, 60 seconds of the first report, then ingress to the school, very likely at least 5 minutes. Teachers should carry, they are there, not minutes away! The brave teachers who talked him down deserve high recognition.
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