School board shooting video shows Panama City, Florida, shootout

V for Vendetta

The V for Vendetta symbol was painted on the wall by Clay Duke before he took over the school board meeting. Image: Flickr / bjornb / CC-BY-SA

In a scene that seems almost surreal, a school board meeting in Panama City, Florida, was interrupted by a shootout. A man ranting about sales taxes and employment, armed with a handgun, interrupted the Florida school board meeting. Clay A. Duke and his takeover were captured in a dramatic school board shooting video.

School board shooting video captures Clay A. Duke

The Panama City, Florida, school board regularly records its meetings with a stationary video camera. During Tuesday night’s meeting, the camera was rolling when ex-convict Clay A. Duke interrupted the meeting. He first spray-painted the “V for Vendetta” logo on the wall. Duke then pulled a handgun. The camera was rolling throughout the entire school board shooting video, which lasted several minutes.

Warning: This video contains violence

Panama City shooting video shows heroism

The video showing the school board shooting also shows the everyday heroism of the school board members. One board member, Ginger Littleton, tried to disarm Clay A. Duke with her purse after he dismissed her from the room. Bill Husfelt, superintendent of the Panama City, Florida, schools tried to talk the gunman down. The gunman had indicated that he intended to end the day dead. Not much is known about Duke, though he appears to have created a Facebook page in early December that rants against the abuses of the wealthy. In October of 1999, Duke was convicted of aggravated stalking.

Security guard at school board shooting responds

Though Clay A. Duke had taken over the Panama City, Florida, school board meeting for a few minutes, it was when shots were fired that security guard Mike Jones responded. Protocol in this situation demanded that he wait for backup, but Mike Jones instead went into the school board room. The armed security guard shot Clay Duke in a non-fatal area. While on the ground, Duke fatally shot himself. The school board shooting video shows the entire incident, start to finish.


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