As our national mental health crisis continues to manifest itself in ever more violent ways in the 21st century, new concerns about the willingness and ability of authorities to deal with the issues at hand have surfaced.
These worries became very well understood during a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas just months ago, when local law enforcement were seen as overly reluctant to engage with the shooter, leading to increased death and carnage.
As a Christian school in Nashville came under attack, however, police were ready and eager to save lives as seen in their dramatic body camera footage.
Nashville police have released bodycam video of the Covenant School shooting response, during which they killed shooter Audrey Elizabeth Hale, a 28-year-old transgender former student who they say gunned down three 9-year-olds and three adults Monday.
“The kids are all locked down, but we have two kids that we don’t know where they are,” a woman told Nashville Officer Rex Englebert as he grabbed a rifle out of the back of his police SUV.
“OK,” he said. “Yes ma’am.”
“At the end of this hall is Fellowship Hall,” the woman tells officers. “They just said they heard gunshots down there and then upstairs are a bunch of kids.”
The officers wasted no time.
“Let’s go!” Englebert calls out. “I need three.”
Within moments, sirens blare as he unlocks a side door and leads the charge inside the building.
Officers searched the classrooms with a determined urgency before the sound of gunshots around three minutes into the 6-minute video sent them sprinting up the stairs to the second floor.
The harrowing body camera footage was soon all over social media, but we must warn you that the images may be troubling to view for some.
Nashville Police have released the bodycam footage and it cannot be stressed enough how remarkable this response was. These men are absolute heroes. pic.twitter.com/aOT8IJyH04
— Sara Gonzales (@SaraGonzalesTX) March 28, 2023
Nashville School Shooting Police Body Cam Footage Released: pic.twitter.com/p75x1ePpWG
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) March 28, 2023
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Nashville.