Texas School Shooting Aftermath Captured in Distressing Viral Video

A viral video has shown the aftermath of a school shooting in Texas as viewers claim it's symbolic of just how normalized they are.

YES Prep in Houston faced a school shooting on October 1, with former student Dexter Harold Kelsey, 25, charged shortly after with aggravated assault against a public servant and deadly conduct.

Principal Eric Espinoza was the only individual injured in the shooting, after he was grazed by a bullet in the back. The Houston Police Department (HPD) said it received a report of an active shooting at around 11:45 a.m.

HPD reported that the suspect had been armed with a rifle and gained entry to the building by shooting a glass door, before opening fire at Espinoza.

It's the aftermath of that which a student documented in a now-viral video shared to their TikTok account. "Well this happened today," they wrote on-screen.

Students could be seen walking through the school's corridors with their hands held in the air. Armed officers guarded classroom doors as they walked past.

It's the last moments of the video which are the most harrowing though, as it captured a shattered glass door along with blood splattered across the floor.

The video can also be seen in full here.


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Reportedly, Espinoza had been attempting to warn others and help students when he was shot. According to court officials, as reported by KHOU, Kelsey was searching for a female staff member who he had been holding a grudge against since 2015.

In a follow-up video, the TikTok user explained to viewers what happened, showing stills from posts about the shooting and alleged social media posts from Kelsey about the staff member.

With 7 million views, users have rushed to share their thoughts on the shooting, video and apparent normalization of it in the U.S. today.

"This turned so common, you don't even see it in the news anymore," commented one user.

"It's such a common thing that you barely see stuff like this trend anymore," wrote another.

According to the Center for Homeland Defense and Security, 2021 has seen the highest number of school shootings since 1970, with 170 as of September.

Education Week, which classifies a shooting as an incident where an individual has a bullet wound, reports 21 school shootings with injuries or deaths so far this year.

Texas, where the shooting occurred, has the third highest number of mass shootings per U.S. state between 1982 and May 2021, according to Mother Jones.

YES Prep has called off classes through to Wednesday and shared multiple statements to students on social media.

"We had an incredibly frightening day and are immensely grateful there were no life-threatening injuries after a 25-year-old former YES Prep Southwest student shot through a window in the front entry of that campus. School administrators, staff and students immediately responded to the threat by going safely into lockdown, as rehearsed in practice drills, and the suspect surrendered his weapon as soon as police arrived.

"YES Prep Southwest Principal Eric Espinoza was taken to the hospital after a bullet grazed him from behind, and he is expected to be released today. We cannot imagine the terror those students, families and staff must have felt as the events unfolded or as you may've seen in news reports. Today's shocking incident is one that no student, parent or educator should ever have to go through or cope with on their own."

The school has also shared resources for students to enable them to discuss their feelings about the shooting at home, and access to councilors too.

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