NH Tea Party official sorry for describing how he’d have a ‘field day’ carrying out a school shooting
A New Hampshire town official was describing how he’d go about a school shooting and having a “field day.”
Jorge Mesa-Tejada, the chairman of the Hampstead Advisory Budget Committee, made the remarks Thursday during a public discussion about safety concerns regarding mobile classrooms at a local elementary school.
The Tea Party Republican opposes a $4.5 million construction bond, and his controversial remarks were in response to an infomercial produced by school officials that argues new buildings are needed, among other reasons, to protect children from potential sniper attacks.
Mesa-Tejada said renovations would not make Hampstead Central School any safer, and he then launched into a highly detailed description of how he might carry out a mass shooting at the school.
“Based on today’s situation, we can have snipers anywhere shooting people and all that, they might be shot,” he said. “Well, that’s true, it could happen — but based on my Marine Corps training, if I wanted to really do harm, I wouldn’t do it while they’re going from the portables to the main building. I would wait until recess. I would hide in the woods behind them and I’d have a field day.”