I was quite surprised to read a tweet from Merge Fm about 2 hours ago (about 2:30pm local time) that read, “Local Update: ROP confirmed news of a student shooting in a public school in Shinas. The police are still investigating the cause #oman”.
On one hand, it’s good that it’s not like what we might expect after hearing about so many bloody school shootings in Ameria. It involved one person getting shot. (Notice I didn’t write “only one person” as one person getting shot is still far too many!!!) On the other hand, it is shocking to hear that it was a teacher who shot a student! Gulf News was fast in getting an article out, posting an article online a little over an hour ago titled, “Oman teacher shoots student suspected of abusing his son“. Read it for yourself. There are so many unknowns about this case that make you wonder. When local papers report on someone “getting abused” it can mean all kinds of things… Apart from old rifles from the days of fighting the communists in Oman, I thought that almost no one (apart from police and military) had firearms. Why did this school teacher have a 9mm pistol and where did he get it from? By far, the most disturbing part of the report from Gulf News is the quote from an unknown source saying that “it was a matter of honour for the teacher“. Excuse me?! Honour?! Maybe we have different dictionaries because that is far from honorable. Why not report the matter to the police? I hope that such “honor shootings” don’t catch on here.