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Last Night's 'Glee' Episode Depicts School Shooting, Leaves Audiences Speechless
In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and the surge of NRA controversy that followed, Fox's hit showGleemade a bold move in this week's episode, entitled "Shooting Star." ForGleefans yet to experience the cutting-edge episode, be forewarned—major spoilers follow. In an hour-long show some are calling "a different animal" forGlee, the beloved club of songsters is gearing up for rehearsal midway through the episode, when suddenly, shots ring out in the school. Panicked, the students and teachers run for cover, and in a totally silent segment, the audience watches with bated breath as the cast of McKinley High School characters cower in fear, send final texts to loved ones and weep in the bathroom.
After an eternal ten minutes, the students hear an "All clear" echo through the hallways, and we soon learn that everyone's safe. Cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester, played by Jane Lynch, eventually comes clean to the school principal, admitting the gun was hers and accidentally fired while she was cleaning it.
Gleewas unapologetic about getting candid in the episode, with regard to real-life news. "I'm sorry, but in light of recent events, I feel more safe with [the gun] in my office," Lynch's character confessed. "It's a different world from when you and I started teaching… 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." Yet, in a final twist, Coach Sylvester reveals to the audience that the firearm actually belonged to Becky Jackson, a special-needs student played by Lauren Potter, and the coach took the blame to protect her.
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