Dad Angry Police Shot Son Who Was Allegedly Wielding Knife

He says 14-year-old is expected to 'pull through'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2016 1:40 PM CST
Dad Angry Police Shot Son Who Was Allegedly Wielding Knife
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A 14-year-old boy was shot by a school police officer as he allegedly lunged at classmates with a large knife at Reno's Hug High School Wednesday morning. In a series of Facebook posts written Wednesday and Thursday but later removed from social media, the boy's father ranted against the police response to the situation. Justin Clark, who says son Logan is expected to "pull through," questioned why the officer involved "pulled his side arm" instead of a Taser; the Reno Gazette-Journal is looking into whether school police officers carry Tasers. Justin Clark also alleged that police have been deleting evidence, and asked the public to send him any videos of the incident. (Video is currently still posted on YouTube; warning, disturbing content.)

"My son was a a superior athlete and has lost part of his lung," Justin Clark wrote. "Now he won't have the ability that he had before, so he won't have the chance to go to college or any other way to use this gift. Cuz it's gone." The Reno Police Department is investigating the incident and looking into whether the shooting was justified, and a police spokesperson says no evidence has been deleted, including evidence collected "from some students' phones" that includes at least one video. Justin Clark's posts haven't gone over well in some forums: A Bearing Arms blog headline reads, "Father of School Attacker Blames Everyone Else For His Son Getting Shot." The blog also includes screenshots of Justin Clark's posts, one of which claims Logan was being bullied and brought the knife to school because he knew he was going to be "jumped." (Read more police shooting stories.)

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