A shooting at a school in Kansas that took place over a week ago had an outcome that might not fit the rubric of what the anti-freedom caucus would like to have. On one hand, to date, there has been no loss of life from this event, so that’s a win. On the other, it was an armed resource officer that “neutralize” the threat. It’s going to be a hard sell for the gun grabbers to vilify the notion of armed good guys in schools given this outcome. In response of the heroic deeds of the resource officer, Erik Clark and Olathe East High School Administrator Dr. Kaleb Stoppel, a Concurrent Resolution was filed in their honor. H. CON. RES. 80 Commending the heroism of Olathe East High School Administrator Dr. Kaleb Stoppel and School Resource Officer Erik Clark in responding to a student armed with a firearm.
Commending the heroism of Olathe East High School Administrator Dr. Kaleb Stoppel and School Resource Officer Erik Clark in responding to a student armed with a firearm.
Whereas, on Friday, March 4, 2022, Olathe East High School Administrator Dr. Kaleb Stoppel (in this preamble referred to as Dr. Stoppel) and School Resource Officer Erik Clark (in this preamble referred to as Officer Clark) were shot and wounded while engaging an armed student;
Whereas Dr. Stoppel’s decision to remove the student from class and Officer Clark’s swift response to neutralize the shooter prevented the loss of innocent lives at Olathe East High School;
Whereas Officer Clark has been a School Resource Officer at Olathe East High School for 7 years and a law enforcement officer for 15 years; and Whereas Dr. Stoppel has been the Assistant Principal and Athletic Director for Olathe East High School for nearly 4 years and an educator for nearly 13 years: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That Congress—
(1) commends Administrator Dr. Kaleb Stoppel and School Resource Officer Erik Clark for their heroic actions to protect students and staff of Olathe East High School; and
(2) recognizes Administrator Dr. Kaleb Stoppel and School Resource Officer Erik Clark’s years of dedication and service to their community as an educator and a member of law enforcement, respectively.
A lot of legislative matters get covered in the pages of Bearing Arms and it was beyond refreshing to run into this Concurrent House Resolution commending the actions of heroes. No one wants to see a shooting of any kind occur, especially on school grounds. Given the circumstances, and swift actions of these two individuals, countless lives have been saved. As reported, Resource officer Clark did return fire during the melee, and that’s going to stick in the craw of anti-freedom caucus.
A Kansas high school principal and school resource officer were shot at Olathe East High School in Kansas Friday, and Olathe Police say a student was the shooter.
The school resource officer returned fire, wounding the suspect, who is expected to survive, according to Olathe Police Department spokesman Sgt. Joel Yeldell.
“We have no students injured at this time other than the suspect,” said Yeldell, adding there was no longer an active threat.
This event comes at the heels of a polarizing time where there are states that are lifting and removing unconstitutional restrictions concerning firearms, and others like jurisdictions in California, New Jersey, New York, Washington, etc. who are doubling down on their freedom squishing efforts. The armed resource officer that saved countless live does not fit well within the narrative we’re being fed by those that stifle freedom. We’re seeing time and time again that more guns in the hands of the the good guys can yield positive results.
While the Second Amendment and being armed is not a sacred talisman that will guarantee the safety of those who responsibly wield it, it does however offer the opportunity for survival through effective self-defense. However the gun-grabbing community elects to respond to this event will undoubtedly further illustrate how ineffectual their way of thinking is.
It’s been reported that Resource Officer Clark and Administrator Stoppel are expected to make full recoveries and it was noted they have both been released from the hospital. Thanks to Clark and Stoppel for their heroic deeds, and the members of Congress who have acted to acknowledge them.