Veteran Armed With AR-15 Stands Guard Outside Of Indiana High School

An army veteran says he wants to protect the school with an AR-15 and handgun until additional security is in place.

Fort Wayne, IN – An army veteran found a spot just off of school property and is standing guard over a high school with an AR-15 and pistol.

Mark Cowan said he was moved to do something in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting, according to WANE-TV.

Cowan told the TV station he is there to protect the students and staff.

WANE reported that Cowan has been in contact with the neighborhood police and the school’s security officer. Cowan said he’d stay until the school district puts in place additional security measures.

Fort Wayne Community Schools Spokeswoman Krista Stockman released a statement.

“We take the security of our schools very seriously,” the statement said. “We understand he has a right to be out there, but we do not believe it adds to the safety of our students. At North Side, as at all of our schools, we have security procedures in place. In addition, at North Side, we have armed police officers in the building every day.”

WANE identified Cowan as a member of Oath Keepers. In the video, he wore an Oath Keepers jacket.

The organization is a fringe-right group that actively works to recruit current and former military and first responders to prepare for the hostile takeover of local governments by the federal government or a foreign government.

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Comments (77)

oathkeepers are clowns. Anyone who honestly thinks they have a chance in a fight against the military is daffy.

The military has weapons that will turn your whole militia into a bowl of oatmeal.


Oath keepers arent clowns.
Never underestimate your opponent calf. commie.
Atleast they care more about the kids than locsl government. Outside ny metropolitan area there are not enough cops to stand guard of every school.
Thats why they need to deputize ret cops and vets to provide overwatch of schools. My town only has 5 cops on duty at one time and there are 6 schools in town. And my school system is run with left wing anti cop anti gun liberals.
They think signage saying gun free zone will deter perps and terrorists with guns. Gun free zones mean sheep will be slaughtered because there are no sheepdogs. We need more sheepdogs to protect our kids. There are not enough cops for everyone. Thats why my liberal commies out there, is why people own shotguns and AR 15’s
For self defense of family and the home.


Well what we're seeing is the most people care more about kids than our own government does, so you're not saying much.

Second, what is Oathkeeper Bubba Ray's plan against a drone? Shoot at it with an AR-15?


A Law Enforcement Officer knows why this happened, a citizen needs to know to restrain the threat and put guns away if at all possible once the threat has been restrained. Citizens need to talk with their local Law Enforcement Agency about Active Sholter training.