Massachusetts Endures Another Crime, Another ‘Shelter In Place’ Order.

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My day job takes me inside the wire at several state prisons, and I’ve seen what happens when there’s a rumble in the exercise yard. Ever since the Tsarnaev Bros tried to blow up Boston, Massachusetts law enforcement seems to have adopted the same “State Penitentiary” reponse to violent crime: lock down all the prisoners citizens in their cells homes until the guards police sort everything out.

The latest case in point? A broad ‘shelter in place’ order was issued in Salem after a man, later identified as Timothy Wells (above) slashed a student on a campus bus and stabbed the bus driver who tried to intervene. has the details:

Salem State University and a nearby elementary school went into lockdown today for two hours after a man suspected of stabbing a shuttle bus driver and a student earlier in the day was believed to have returned to campus.

The search of the North Shore university by Salem and university police ended without the arrest of the suspect, identified by Salem police as Timothy Wells. The school has canceled the remainder of classes today and tonight, but officials said they would resume Thursday.

The “shelter in place” order was issued by the Salem State Police Department at 12:35 p.m. in response to the possibility the suspect had made his way back to the campus. It was extended to include the adjacent Horace Mann Laboratory School, a Salem public school. The order was lifted shortly after 2:30 p.m.

“The suspect from the stabbing that occurred earlier today might have returned to campus,’’ the school said in its 12:35 p.m. posting. “The entire Salem State university campus is to shelter in place at this time. Doors should be closed and locked; refrain going near windows until further notice.’’

According to the school, the attacks happened at 11:10 a.m. when an “unknown assailant assaulted two people with a knife on one of the university shuttle buses in the Central Campus parking lot. ‘’

One of the victims was a female student who suffered a laceration to her arm. According to the school, when the shuttle driver tried to help the wounded student, the driver was attacked. The driver received “a minor puncture wound to the chest.’’

The student was treated at the scene and the driver was taken to an area hospital. Neither of the victims’ injuries was considered life-threatening, said university spokeswoman Karen Cady.

This ‘Lockdown Nation’ trend scares the shit out of me, because it’s much more harmful than the violence it tries to prevent. It teaches police that they can order anyone to do anything, just because somebody else did something stupid.

It teaches the public that in order to be safe we must surrender our freedom, and that we can only exercise our Constitutional and God-given liberties at the pleasure of the police and the prison-industrial complex.

It doesn’t make me feel any better that the suspected perp was arrested later in the day by police in neighboring New York State. The damage to Lockdown Nation has already been done.


  1. Rick says:

    Has anyone bothered to ask what the statutory authority is for such an order?

    1. Nathan says:

      Obviously not the Constitution

    2. Roy says:

      There is none. Not by the civilian police, at least. Not in this country.
      It’s worth mentioning that as far as I know these “Shelter in place” situations so far have been “requests” rather than orders, or at least I understand that was the case in Boston. I could be wrong.

  2. Nathan says:

    I’m sitting in class right now reading this and can’t help but notice my loadout. Fixed blade Skyline, CRKT Swindle, Leatherman Wingman, Victorinox Classic, and a Streamlight Pro-Tac 2AAA

    1. Chris Dumm says:

      I’ve been trying to handle a Swindle before I buy it, but no brick & mortar has them in stock. Grrr…

      1. chuck k says:

        Chris, you need to visit Amish country where I live in Lancaster County, Pa. A store called Country Knives ( The have about 8,000 knives from 300 manufacturers in the store.
        Problem is, it is kind of a tourist trap and they sell everything for full retail and won’t budge. But you can go there and handle whatever you like before you buy it online somewhere.

  3. SteveInMa says:

    BTW, Salem has a 2 1/2 in blade limit.

    1. Nathan says:

      My limit is 3″. My old school had a 2.5″ limit. I never follow rules. Then again I don’t draw attention to myself

      1. SteveInMa says:

        No, the City has the limit.

        1. Nathan says:

          Well, either way I break the limit

        2. Duncan Idaho says:

          Most cops won’t give you grief for having a knife marginally bigger than the limit, but they’ll tend to tack it onto something bigger if you’re causing a disturbance.

          Sometimes, they’ll use such laws to arrest people that they feel just need to be arrested.

          So I’ve read, anyway. I’ve never had a problem before.

        3. SteveInMa says:

          Me too, Nathan. Duncan, You’ve never been to Salem. The majority of those cops will call you on it if they see it. Salem cops are assholes.

  4. Skyler says:

    What if someone ignores the order? Are they arrested?

    1. SteveInMa says:

      $300 Fine. It’s a city limit, not a state. However, it could affect your gun rights here. the Chief of your city could pull it after if he wanted to.

      1. Duncan Idaho says:

        What? A bloody $300 fine for refusing to cower in fear?

        1. SteveInMa says:

          yep. Welcome to the Kommonwealth of Massachusetts.

    2. Mark N. says:

      What we have here is a failure to communicate. Skyler wants to know what happens if you fail to shelter in place. SteveinMa’s response seems to be what happens if you get caught with a knife in violation of the length limit.

      I think the answer to Skyler’s answer is “nothing.” It is not a violation of law, it is merely ignoring a police recommendation for your own personal safety. Since there is no statute authorizing the police to enforce the request, there can be no criminal liability for not complying.

      1. SteveInMa says:

        Ah, I see Mark. Ya, I imagine nothing.

  5. Mark N. says:

    Citizens, this is a shelter in place advisory. Return to you cells, I mean homes. Lock your doors, pull down the shades. Noting to see here, move along spritely now. Violators subject to being shot on sight.

    Yeah Chris, I think you have a point. Transferring prison practices to the citizens at large is an ugly foreshadowing of the terror to come.

  6. julian says:

    Insane. Police state run amok.

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