A typical school board meeting yesterday became national news today after a man named Clay Duke attempted to shoot six board members but was unsuccessful. He then took his own life.
Though the investigation is ongoing, there are a few facts that are certain. The meeting had actually been videotaped as a live feed so that people could view the meeting on the internet. It caught most of the incident that involved the deadly weapon.
The video that is now posted on many national news websites shows a school board meeting in Florida being conducted as usual. When the time came for citizens to state any issues they were having, Duke got up and spray-painted a large red symbol on the wall and pulled out a gun.
He let almost everyone leave the room except for the six men on the school board. According to the report, Duke and his family were struggling financially. He believed that it was because his wife lost her job teaching in the district. At one point he fires the gun at the men and misses only to be shot by a security officer who had come into the room. The man then fatally shot himself.
There is little information about Duke except that he seemed to blame the school board for his financial issues. When they heard the news, Duke's family could not believe what had happened.
Thus far investigators know that he was carrying the handgun along with extra ammunition. But what they may never know is whether the Duke actually intended to kill the board members. He was standing at a very close range when he fired the gun and somehow missed each person.
Though none of the board members were injured, it is still a sad story. Duke was a desperate man who felt that his only option was to confront the men he believed had caused his problems.
Source: CNN online, "Florida school board members recount meeting horror," 15 December 2010