Until yesterday, there had been only one school shooting in South Dakota history. Donald Kurtz, age 17, died from a gunshot wound fired by a classmate from a rifle they were using for sound effects in a school play at Delmont High School in 1961.
52 years later, South Dakota gets its second school shooting:
Dusty Groom, 18, of rural Lake City, faces misdemeanor charges of reckless discharge of a firearm, possession of a firearm on school property and false reporting to authorities, according to a news release from [Marshall County Sheriff Dale] Elsen.
Groom was showing other boys what he thought was an unloaded a .22 caliber handgun when it went off and hit another teenager in the head about 4 p.m. Wednesday. The sheriff's office received a call from the Britton hospital emergency room about the shooting about 4:25 p.m., according to the release [Scott Waltman, "Britton-Hecla Student Could Be Released from Hospital after Shooting," Aberdeen American-News, 2013.05.02].
We now have two instances of students harmed by gunfire in South Dakota schools. In neither of those incidents would the armed teachers and janitors envisioned by our fantasy-based school gunslinger law have made any positive difference. If anything, having more adults bring guns to school only encourages kids to think bringing guns to school is o.k.... and that's what has caused every school school shooting in South Dakota history.
In other news, adults sought significantly fewer concealed weapons permits in South Dakota in April than they did in March... but that may be because darn near everyone who wants to pack is already packing.