May 28, 2008

CHS tasing incident

Students came into class, breathless with excitement.

"A guy in a dress was in front of the school, waving a Taser around," one said.

"He was wearing a trench coat," another chimed in, "with purple gloves and pink shoes."

"They were red boots," said another.

"No, pink rubber boots," a fourth said.

"He was casting some kind of magic spell over us," said another.

The Olympian's report is a little less breathless:
A 33-year-old man was arrested in front of Capital High School shortly after 7 a.m. today after police received reports that he was threatening students with a Taser near the main entrance, an Olympia police news release says.

A Washington State Patrol trooper confronted the suspect, Anya Adora, who reportedly dropped the Taser.

Olympia police took Adora into custody. No one was hurt, and Adora did not enter the school. The school had begun to lock down as soon as staff became aware of the incident.
Apparently Adora--who is transgendered--has been having mental health problems, as referred to in this blog post.
In about an hour or so, Teens from Capital High School

will be parking out from of my house, and littering as usual...


If i SHOOT ONE, perhaps the FIRST ONE TO PARK OUTSIDE,

Can i PLEASE HAVE SOMEONE TO TALK TO ABOUT MY GENDER ISSUES ?
I'll admit, I wasn't freaked out until I saw the website.

Update: Northwest Cable News has a writeup and a video, featuring CHS student Ian Metz, who first alerted his teacher that Adora was a threat.

Update II: KOMO reports that it could have been much worse for Adora:
Officers arrived and Olympia Police Commander Tor Bjornstad said officers almost shot the man.

"The problem is, the Taser looks like a handgun," Bjornstad said. "And in the right or the wrong circumstances, it could have resulted in some sort of a 'suicide by cop' thing."
Thankfully, Adora gave up without a fight, and without hurting anyone.

4 comments:

TeacherRefPoet said...

Damn, Jim. Glad it didn't develop into anything desperate.

Emmett said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Emmett said...

Here's to everything and everyone being ok on the westside tonight.

Bill Pickert said...

Wow, that is a troubling LiveJournal. It makes you wonder how many people with serious mental illness are just barely hanging on to some semblance of a normal life.

Most of them will not be blogging about it either.