Leave it to Twitter to make hurtful puns after at least two victims were wounded in a shooting at a New Mexico middle school on Tuesday. Two children were airlifted to a hospital in Texas after a student opened fire before classes started at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, and now some Twitterati are making jokes about aliens causing the sad event.
Roswell, as many know, is where there have been many alleged UFO sightings and reported extra-terrestrial activities. But after such a tragedy, making jokes that blame aliens for the shooting is hurtful and only stands to inflict further pain on those affected by the tragedy.
Clearly, not everyone seems to grasp the gravity of the situation:
Los aliens? RT @BreakingNews New Mexico State Police: No motive in Roswell school shooting
— chris (@csaq) January 14, 2014
— brettmojo (@brettmojo) January 14, 2014
However it should be noted that not everyone though it was appropriate to make Twitter quips about aliens being related to the New Mexico middle school shooting:
WARNING: Anyone making jokes about aliens related to the Roswell NM school shooting gets instantly blocked http://t.co/F23niXuPXo
— Geoffrey D. Wessel (@gdwessel) January 14, 2014
According to NBC News, a 12-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl were flown to University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas after the shooting. The boy was said to be in critical condition and the girl was later upgraded to serious, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez told reporters.
"I am asking that all New Mexicans to keep these children in your prayers," Martinez told NBC. A staff member at the school reportedly stopped the unidentified shooter, 12, and was assisted by a state police lieutenant who had just dropped off his own child.
A witness told ABQ Journal he saw the male student get shot in the face, near his eye. A different witness told the news site he saw the boy get shot two times in the face and that the girl was shot in the arm.
School Superintendent Tom Burris said everyone reacted with bravery. "Today's the day that no superintendent ever wants to go through," he said, as quoted by NBC.
"There was no cowardice," Burris said. "Everyone acted and did their duty today at Berrendo Middle School."
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