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'Glee' School Shooting Episode Fires Blank With Tweeting Viewers

Friday, 12 Apr 2013 10:26 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Less than four months after the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the television show "Glee" depicted a school shooting on Thursday night's episode, causing major backlash on social media.

The episode, titled "Shooting Star," features students of the fictional McKinley High School hiding in the choir room after hearing gunshots. It turns out it was all an accident — special-needs student Becky, played by Lauren Potter, brought a gun to school because all the pro-gun political rhetoric told her she needed to protect herself, and it accidentally went off.

But cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester, played by Jane Lynch, takes the fall for the weapon and uses to opportunity to present her political opinions on gun control.

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"It's registered. I have a license for it. I'm sorry, but in light of recent events, I feel more safe with it in my office," Sylvester tells the school principal during the episode. "It's a different world from when you and I started teaching…the safety net of the public mental health system is gone. Parents with troubled kids are too busy working three jobs to look after them. And the gun yahoos have everyone so worked up about Obama taking away their guns that every house has a readily available arsenal."

Twitter users were furious that the Fox show broached the sensitive subject matter so soon after Sandy Hook, and were even more offended that the show's plot put the blame on a student with Down Syndrome.

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