The experience was sufficient to make parents reconsider their decision to allow Santa down the chimney.
A statement from the El Paso Sheriff’s Office Friday insisted there was no intent to be “insensitive,” but it is December and they wanted to involve Santa Claus in their tweet.
Because it happened only days after the original stunt, its timing was extremely painful. four students were fatally shot—with a handgun — in yet another school attack.
Local residents — and observers from as far away as Australia — were not amused.