Philadelphia teacher under investigation after student fashions gun in shop class made from wood

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PHILADELPHIA, PA- Guns don’t kill people…people kill people. That is, unless it’s a gun made out of wood in shop class. Then all hell breaks loose. 

According to CBS 3 Philly, the local school district is investigating after a parent complained that his child was allowed to make a wooden gun. That’s correct…a piece of wood cut in the shape of a gun that was then colored in to make it look like…a wooden gun.

 

The parent, Chariez Scott told CBS 3 that he wants answers and accountability for the shop teacher.

“He was coloring it in getting ready to put all the shapes on it. All the patterns on here. And there’s a little clip on the bottom,” he said while holding the “gun” in his hands.

It does not appear that the “clip” is capable of holding bullets.

Scott said his son, 14, was playing around with the replica gun with his brother. His complaint is that he doesn’t let his boys play with these types of “toys.”

“If he had colored this in like he wanted to, you would’ve never knew what it was. You would’ve said he had a pistol in his hand,” Scott said. “And this is what he made in shop in class.”

This of course does beg the question of what could have happened had he in fact been seen in public with the facsimile, especially in the city of Philadelphia where homicides are through the roof in 2021.

This does seem to indicate a lack of self-awareness by the shop teacher, although it would not seem to indicate any type of severe disciplinary action is necessary.

The school district acknowledged to CBS 3 that a complaint was made against a teacher at Austin Meehan Middle School for allegedly allowing a student to make a wooden replica weapon in class.

The school district has a specific policy that says “any weapons, including simulated, replica, toy or look-alikes are prohibited from school property.”

Scott was livid over the incident, and blamed the teacher for not having the sense to not permit his son to fashion such a device.

“He’s an adult, he has a strong responsibility over those children. Do the same thing for him. Hold him accountable for what he did,” he said.

Philadelphia teacher under investigation after student fashions gun in shop class made from wood
Wooden facsimile gun-YouTube screenshot

Other parents also spoke to CBS 3 and expressed concerns over the incident, especially in light of a lockdown last week after a shooting near a school. The latest one was just a few blocks away outside Lincoln High School.

In that incident, a 65-year-old grandfather was killed by a stray bullet, after dropping off a Sweet-16 dress for his granddaughter. A 16-year-old teen was shot in the head as well and was hospitalized in critical condition.

“A teacher let him do it in school. It’s not right, it’s not right, it’s not right,” one parent told CBS 3.  

Another parent said, “That’s definitely bad. Why would a teacher help make a gun? It’s stupid.”

Scott was asked what his biggest fear was if his son’s wooden gun had been painted in a more realistic manner, to which he replied:

“That he would’ve been killed.”

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In case you missed it, below is our previous report on the grandfather tragically killed last week. 

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PHILADELPHIA, PA- This is George Soros and Larry Krasner’s America. Oh hell, we’ll through Joe Biden in there as well. In another egregious disgusting loss of life that has become all too familiar in our country, a 65-year-old grandfather was fatally shot this past Monday after dropping off a sweet sixteen dress for his granddaughter.

According to WPVI-6 in Philadelphia, Jefferey Carter was fatally shot by a stray bullet, while a 16-year-old student from a nearby high school was also shot in the back of the head as he ran away, according to police. Carter also suffered a gunshot wound to the head.

Carter happened to be driving by the scene when he was struck, after which he crashed the SUV he was operating off the side of the road. He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later, investigators said.

The victim’s brother-in-law, Dennis Meyer said that he considered Carter more of a friend than a relative, also noting that Carter was extremely devoted to his family, a devotion he called unshakeable.

“We used to visit all the graves of our family, his family, and it was just a tradition. Now, I got one more stop to keep the tradition,” he said.

Family members told the outlet Carter had retired only a few years abo as a maintenance engineer at a local hospital.

“(He) loved his grandkids, coming to those softball games, football games. (He was) just awesome,” said Carter’s son-in-law, David Jewell.

Another family member, Steve Mez told NBC 10 that Carter was less than a mile away from his home when he was shot.

“He was just going home,” Mez said. “He didn’t even know what hit him. It’s a damn shame. It’s a tragedy that we’re going to lose somebody that good, over something so insane. I just can’t understand it.”

The 16-year-old who was shot, not identified by authorities, was taken to a local hospital where he remains in critical condition.

The incident was actually witnessed by two plainclothes officers who were sitting in an unmarked vehicle as gunfire began. Officers say there was a group of teens standing outside a local pizza establishment when the gunman, 21-years-old showed up and started shooting.

“An altercation now turns into a shooting, which now turns into a homicide because of something that could have been handled in a different way,” said police commissioner Danielle Outlaw.

The officers who witnessed the incident exited their car, drew their weapons, and ordered the suspect to drop the gun, which he did.

The owner of the pizza shop, who only went by the name of Angelo said he heard screaming.

“Drop the gun, drop the gun! They pretty much jumped on him and got him on the floor,” he said.

Neighbors told ABC-6 that the neighborhood has been filled with violence over the past two weeks.

“It’s been nothing but fighting, every day,” said Debbie Rue.

In addition to the shooter, police said a second suspect was also arrested. The shooter, Aaron Scott was arrested in connection with the shooting. The second suspect, Scott’s 16-year-old brother was not identified due to his age.

CBS Philly reported that Scott was charged with murder, criminal conspiracy, aggravated assault, possession of instrument of crime, and other charges. The incident was the fourth shooting incident near the school, including last week when a 13-year-old was shot. The violence has people in the area understandably concerned and on edge.

“I could’ve been here; anybody’s family could’ve been here at that time. It’s scary, it really is,” said Sean Lutek. “It’s not like it used to be around here. It’s dangerous. It’s truly dangerous and it’s frightening. Frightening for my family, for my friends.”

 Outlaw said the department would increase patrols in the area of the high school while continuing to collect intelligence in order to make sure there are no retaliatory acts. She noted it was fortunate there were not additional victims given the time of day with hundreds of children in the area.

Philadelphia, like a number of Democratic-run cities across the U.S. has seen a major spike in murders this year, recording 422 as of October 6, a 16% increase over last year, according to CBS Local in Philadelphia, with September being the deadliest month thus far this year. Philadelphia currently has the highest per capita murder rate among the country’s 10 largest cities, CBS Local reported.

As is typical for Democrat-run cities, in July incompetent Mayor Jim Kenney blamed the violence on guns, not the criminals nor the ineffectual criminal justice policies of George Soros’ stooge district attorney Larry Krasner. Kenney wants the federal government to “solve” the problem by implementing stronger gun control measures, Conservative Playlist reported.

Meanwhile Krasner refused to accept blame for the murder increase and instead blamed it on police practices which he claims cause “traumatization of neighborhoods,” claiming that drove a wedge between police and the community.

Krasner initiated a program called Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition which gives violent criminals a second opportunity to be put back on the streets after a probationary period, The Federalist reported.

The blame should primarily be put on Krasner, who was elected along with a number of radical neo-Marxist district attorneys with the assistance of Soros’ deep pockets. Prior to his election as DA, Krasner sued the Philadelphia Police Department some 75 times and has called law enforcement systemically racist. Soros donated $1.7 million to Krasner’s 2017 campaign.

“In 2020, when Philadelphia was ravished by radical left organizations like Black Lives Matter and criminal opportunists who rioted, looted, and torched police cars, District Attorney Larry Krasner failed to hold the perpetrators accountable,” said Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale, a Republican candidate for governor.

“The Philly DA is clearly more concerned with placating progressives and furthering his political agenda than maintaining law and order. This toxic attitude of indifference is why Philadelphia suffered nearly 500 homicides and over 2,200 shootings last yar,” Gale said.

Last June, Kenny backed off on his proposal to increase police funding, instead vowing to slash budgets.

“We think we can police better and make sure we put the resources in the departments that can affect change and make the situation in our neighborhoods better. We want to approach this open-mindedly, but some of these things have to happen.”

Meanwhile as Philadelphia vies for the title with Chicago as America’s Mogadishu, neither Kenney, nor Krasner, spoke out on the senseless shooting death of a 66-year-old grandfather, killed for the senseless reason of being a wonderful grandfather, dropping off a sweet sixteen dress to his granddaughter, and being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – Authorities say that a 55-year-old man shot and killed and coworker at Jefferson University Hospital on October 4th before fleeing the scene in a U-Haul truck and later wounding two Philadelphia Police officers in exchanged gunfire where officers also wounded the suspect as well.

Details about the incident are still developing, but here are the details known thus far.

On October 4th at approximately 12:08 a.m., Philadelphia Police were alerted about a gunman on the ninth floor of Jefferson Hospital at 11th and Chestnut streets in Philadelphia’s Center City. A nursing assistant, identified by family members as 43-year-old Anrae James, was fatally shot.

Reports indicate that the suspect who killed James was a coworker, identified as 55-year-old Stacey Hayes, was also a nursing assistant. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw stated that it is unclear whether Hayes was actively on-duty at the hospital at the time of the shooting.

However, Hayes was reportedly wearing scrubs at the time of the shooting incident.

Officials proclaim that Hayes fled the hospital in a U-Haul truck following the shooting.

At approximately 1:25 a.m., Philadelphia Police encountered the suspect after a passerby at 40th Street and Parkside Avenue in the Parkside section of the city flagged down officers about a man in scrubs shooting into the air, according to Commissioner Outlaw:

“The report was that there was a male in scrubs, with a weapon or a long gun, who was potentially firing rounds in the air or just had a gun.”

When officers encountered the suspect, he reportedly opened fire on them. Two officers were struck by gunfire, with officials saying a 30-year-old officer was hit in the right elbow and a 32-year-old officer was struck in the nose.

The unnamed officer struck in the elbow is reportedly in critical but stable condition at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, whereas the officer struck in the nose was treated and released from the same hospital.

Both of the officers have been with the Philadelphia Police Department for six years.

The two other officers on the scene were not injured during the shootout.

Hayes was reportedly shot in the upper body and neck and has since been transferred to an area hospital, where he is expected to survive. Commissioner Outlaw stated that the suspect was wearing body armor during the firefight:

“We learned that he was wearing body armor, and was carrying multiple weapons. In addition to the long gun which was believed to be an AR-15, he was also carrying some form of a semi-automatic handgun.”

Hayes’ family reportedly told investigators that he was suffering mental health issues recently, and sources proclaim that Hayes was known to police and had firearms confiscated at some point due to psychiatric reasons. Hayes petitioned the courts in 2020 to have access to firearms restored, which his petition was successful.

Mayor Jim Kenney released the following statement regarding the incident:

“I want to acknowledge and commend the work of the first responders and police officers who responded to the horrific incident overnight at Jefferson Hospital. Their quick response in finding the perpetrator stopped this situation from escalating further.

Tragically, one Jefferson employee was killed and two officers were badly wounded-my prayers are with them and their families. Early this morning, I visited with the officers to thank them for their heroic work and wish them a speedy recovery.

The Philadelphia Police Department is conducting a full investigation. This is yet another example of weaponry that is far too powerful being in the hands of people who shouldn’t have access to them. We need common-sense gun laws to stop these tragedies that have become all too frequent.”

The father of the nursing assistant killed inside of the hospital, 69-year-old William James, spoke to The Philadelphia Inquirer about the pleasant memories with his son who’d come and cut his hair every two weeks – never taking a dollar for it, despite his father’s insistence at times:

“That’s some of the best times for me, where we sit down for those couple hours.”

William James said his son leaves behind his wife and two daughters, ages 2 and 17, and an 11-year-old son, saying “my son’s legacy is his kids.” William James said his son Anrae had a unique way of figuring things out, often getting his father to expand his perspective by trying to place himself in other people’s shoes:

“It was a beautiful, beautiful thing. And I ain’t gon’ have that no more. I’m not going to have that… It’s just not fair.”

A possible motive for the killing has not yet been released by authorities.

Please follow us at Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further insight into this developing case.

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Philadelphia will ban “minor” traffic stops in interest of “equity”, effectively protecting criminals

(Originally published September 24th, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, PA- The stupidity of Democrats continues.

In Philadelphia, a bill is moving forward that would ban police enforcement of certain motor vehicle stops which some claim “disproportionately affect black drivers,” according to the Philadelphia Tribune.

Among violations which would no longer be enforceable by Philly police are driving with broken headlights, loud mufflers or operating an unregistered car.

The latter is interesting in that it is well known in police circles that if a car is unregistered, it is likely also uninsured, which increases the risk of those who legally register and ensure their vehicles should they get into an accident.

According to an analysis by the Defender Association of Philadelphia, they analyzed 309,000 traffic stops using data collected between Oct 2018 through Sept 2019.

According to that analysis, black drivers accounted for 72% of the stops, with an arrest rate of around 1%. Fifteen percent of the stops were white drivers with an arrest rate of only 2/100ths less than blacks with far fewer stops, .98%.

In the case of tickets issued relative to the stops, Black drivers made up 9% of tickets issued while whites received 14% of the fines issued. These statistics appeared to have been spun in order to make it appear that the reason whites received more tickets for less stops was they were stopped for “more legitimate purposes”.

“When they stopped white drivers, they were for more legitimate purposes and they actually did things that advance those public safety measures,” former Chief Defender Keir Bradford-Grey said in testimony at a Committee on Public Safety hearing of the City Council.

Some, including the bill’s sponsor Isiah Thomas claimed he had been stopped for “minor infractions” and said it was because of a pattern of racial profiling.

Some addressed traffic stops that turned deadly, although none in Philadelphia.

For example one case cited was that of Sandra Bland, who committed suicide while in police custody after originally being stopped in Texas for failing to signal a lane change.

The Philando Castille shooting in Minnesota was addressed, a man who was shot after being stopped for driving with a broken taillight. Another man, Walter Scott was shot in by a South Carolina officer after being stopped for a broken taillight.

No incidents appeared to have been raised where routine traffic stops resulted in arrests of high-profile suspects, such as Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber; Ted Bundy, a serial killer responsible for the deaths of a number of co-eds in Florida; the Hillside Strangler, a serial killer in California; and David Berkowitz, the “Son of Sam” who committed a number of murders in New York City in the 1970s.

In the case of Philadelphia, Francis Healy, special advisor to Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw noted the department has been working to address the “disparities” in the data presented since last summer.

Outlaw has decided she will support what the bill is trying to do, while Healy claims passage of the bill won’t have a negative impact on the department’s ability to stop drivers for committing crimes.

“This is not stopping police officers from making legitimate public safety stops,” he said. “If I have reasonable suspicion or probable cause you’re involved in criminal activity, I can make the stop,” he said.

This is the second go-around for Thomas introducing the bill which stalled the last time after the Law Department raised concerns. He said the current version of the bill wouldn’t have an affect on stops for violations such as speeding, running stop signs and tinted windows.

In this version, the Defender Association became involved to draft the new version of the bill.

Healy noted that aside from changing the written policy, the department also wants to implement a related training program.

In another bill proposed out of committee, it would require police officers to record and maintain certain police stop data which would help determine how effective the interactions are in reducing crime. It is expected the bills could be brought to a vote by the council by the end of the month.


Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.  And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

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