FOX warned us that tonight’s Glee Season 4, Episode 18: "Shooting Star" would find an “unthinkable event” going down at McKinley High, and that the ramifications of it all would put everyone’s perspectives “into order.”
And man, they weren’t kidding. Two gunshots went off at McKinley in the middle of the school day.
It happened while the New Directions were all gathered in the choir room. Everyone immediately went into lockdown mode: locking all the windows and doors, turning off the lights, and hiding silently near the floor, trying as much as possible not to make a sound.
Will tells the kids to text and tweet what is happening, in order to let the outside world know what has happened. The entire school is filled with a deafening silence.
Two glee club members are separated from the group. Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) is safely outside, but Brittany (Heather Morris) is stuck in the girls’ bathroom. Standing on top of a toilet seat, she’s sobbing... but sobbing as silently as possible. It feels like an armed shooter could walk in at any moment.
Sam (Chord Overstreet) can’t stand the fact that his girlfriend is alone and in danger. He even attempts to charge out of the choir room to go find her, to the point where Will (Matthew Morrison) and Shannon (Dot-Marie Jones) have to physically hold him back. If he leaves the room, he could jeopardize the safety of everyone in the room.
Glee might be a comedy, but this episode is no joke. Especially in light of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in December, the issue of gunshots at a school is a very intense subject to say the least. What do you think about how Glee handled the subject matter?