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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 11

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or!. s c THE PALM BEACH POST WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 1998 11A Five wounded students, teacher kept in hospital . .." on r. . Other shootings Some recent shootings at U.S schools: SNIPERS From 1A We all walked outside, and they started shooting. ' AMBER VANOVEN Student Authorities identified the dead girls as Natalie Brooks, Paige Ann Herring, Stephanie Johnson, all 12, and Brittany R. Varner, who was 11. The dead teacher was identifed as Shannon Wright, 32. Officers with the sheriff s de partment arrested the two boys as they ran through a wooded area - ..; - ( A .V 1 J ' it near tne scnooi, apparently heading for a white van that was i " ft parked nearby. Officials would not release the names of the boys because they were minors. V f ' ' . " i But students at the school DEC. 1, 1997 A youth opens fire on a student prayer circle in a hallway at Heath High School in West Paducah, Ky. Three students are killed and five others wounded. A 14-year-old student is arrested. OCT. 1, 1997 A 16-year-old outcast in Pearl, Miss., is accused of killing his mother, then going to school and shooting nine students. Two of them died, including the boy's ex-girlfriend. Authorities later accuse six friends of conspiracy, saying the suspects were part of a group that dabbled in satanism. FEB. 2, 1996 A 14-year-old student turned an assault rifle on his algebra class, killing two classmates and a teacher, in the central Washington city of Moses Lake. Barry Lou-kaitis was sentenced to two mandatory life terms for the attack at Frontier Junior High School. JAN. 18, 1993 Scott Pennington, 17, walked into Deanna McDavid's seventh-period English class at East Carter High School in Grayson, Ky., and shot her in the head. He then shot janitor Marvin Hicks in the abdomen. Pennington was sentenced to life without parole for 25 years. identified them as 13-year-old Andrew Golden and 11-year-old Mitchell Johnson, both students LEIGH DAUGHTRIDGEIhe Commercial-Appeal Emergency workers remove a victim in the shooting outside Westside Middle School on Tuesday. Someone tripped a fire alarm, bringing students and teachers into the snipers' line of fire. at Westside. Officer Terry McNatt, who was present at the arrest, said he knew one boy from an anti-drug waiting. The two boys were apparently less than 100 yards from the school when they started firing as the students walked down a white cement sidewalk. A teacher's aide, Jennifer Gookin, said she ran out onto the playground after hearing someone had been shot. "There were people laying everywhere. Blood was everywhere," she said. "It was like it was all going on in slow motion. It was like this is not happening. This is not supposed to happen at Westside." "We all walked outside and they started shooting," Amber Vanoven said. "I saw a teacher step in front of someone else and get shot." While police officers did not identify the two boys, students said they knew one as a 13-year-old who attended the school and had bragged that he was going to shoot all the girls that had broken up with him. Joshua Reynolds, a 13-year-old student, said the boy, "had told a bunch of people that he was going to kill them. He bragged a lot because he was into gangs and stuff," Joshua said. "He had said he was mad at everybody and that he was going to kill them. Nobody believed him." class he taught in the school. He said both boys were calm as of ficers took them into custody. They didn t say anything, Mc Natt said. The second judicial district prosecutor, Brent Davis, said he was researching whether the two boys could be charged as adults. Officials said that under Arkansas quet on and just tried to hold her leg up and keep the pressure on it until the ambulance got there," she said. "It was a nightmare." St. Bernard's Regional Medical Center said that one teacher who was shot was in critical condition Tuesday night. Five students were in stable condition and four more were treated and released. Only one of the students shot was a boy. Children huddled in the school's gym Tuesday afternoon until parents, who were flocking to the school, arrived to bring them home. Four hours after the shooting, one dazed girl still sat in the gym being gently rocked back and forth by her mother. President Clinton, on a visit to Another student, Charles Vanoven, said the 13-year-old boy who was arrested "told me yesterday that all the people that broke up with him, he was going to go to school and kill them." Charles said that the 13-year-old pulled a knife on another student in a school locker room the day before the ambush. But the two boys did much more damage than that. Debbi Spencer, who teaches sixth grade, said a bullet hit a purse hanging from her shoulder. "I thought it was fireworks. " Then she saw one student fall to the ground and hold up his arm, which was bleeding. "There was another student shot in the leg. I cut her jeans off and put a tourni Kampala, Uganda, said that he and the first lady were "deeply shocked and heartbroken." "We don't know now, and we may never fully understand, what could have driven two youths to deliberately shoot into a crowd," he said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and the entire Jonesboro community." Arkansas law does not prohibit minors from possessing shotguns or rifles, but it does bar people younger than 21 from possessing handguns. Other laws prohibit anyone from possessing a gun on public property. The Associated Press contributed to this story. 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