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PostPosted: 11-02-2004 19:02    Post subject: School Shootings Reply with quote

Just a thread for reports of Columbine-style shootings that don't fit elsewhere.

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Columbine-style attack averted -- 2 students arrested in Elk Grove


Charlie Goodyear, Chuck Squatriglia, Mark Martin, Chronicle Staff Writers

Wednesday, February 11, 2004



Elk Grove -- A plot by two students to carry out a Columbine-style massacre today inside their Sacramento County high school cafeteria was thwarted after a parent of one of their classmates tipped off police, authorities said Tuesday.

Sacramento County sheriff's deputies arrested two 15-year-old students of Laguna Creek High School in Elk Grove on suspicion of conspiracy, making terrorist threats and hate crime charges. Authorities say the suspects planned to target African American students in their attack.

The unidentified white suspects, a freshman and a sophomore, were planning to rob local sporting goods stores, steal weapons, storm the school's cafeteria and shoot students during the lunch hour today, authorities said.

Investigators searched the home of one suspect and seized a .22-caliber rifle owned by a parent. Authorities also recovered Nazi-themed drawings and a map of the school cafeteria. Four other students have been questioned in connection with the plot but have not been arrested.

"These kids had some major hate toward a lot of different groups,'' said Sgt. Lou Fatur, a spokesman for the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.

According to a statement from the Elk Grove Unified School District, the suspects were also planning to set off explosives. Letters notifying parents of the plot were sent home with students on Tuesday.

Students and teachers were shocked by the news.

"I guess it really can happen anywhere,'' said 16-year-old Cynthia Isais, a junior who was at a girls' basketball game at the school Tuesday night. "Before, it was in Colorado, and that seemed so far away.''

Isais called the plot "scary," but she said she felt comfortable with campus security. Asked about racial tension on the campus, she said, "My friends are Mexican, blacks and whites, and everybody gets along.''

Jerry Haynes, a social sciences teacher, called the alleged plot sad.

"This is a great school,'' he added. "I am proud to work here. It's a really diverse place and all the kids usually get along.''

Authorities said a patrol officer with the Elk Grove Police Department received the tip early Sunday morning from a parent of a student who knew the suspects were planning violence.

"If it wasn't for him, this thing could have been overlooked very easily, '' Fatur said.

Fatur said one suspect was arrested on Monday, a school holiday, and the other was picked up by police on Tuesday. He said at least one student, an African American girl, was specifically targeted.

"There is definitely a racial component,'' Fatur said. "There was an African American girl who is a student and was a target. And when one is a target, many can be a target. These kids are pretty disturbing.''

David Gordon, superintendent of the Elk Grove Unified School District, said interviews of the suspects by police and other evidence in the investigation suggest the plot was discussed by "five or six" students.

"We're confident that we've got this group rounded up," said Gordon. "It's five or six kids who went sideways. We believe the school is safe."

Classes will continue as scheduled today, although additional police and district security officers will patrol the campus. Counselors also will be on hand to assist students, Gordon said.

Gordon said three factors prevented the plot from unfolding: a timely tip, a quick response by school administrators and a dogged investigation by the authorities.

"Everybody worked together and worked for 48 hours straight to get it resolved and to a point where we did feel safe opening the school (Tuesday) morning," he said.

Both suspects were "somewhat cooperative,'' according to investigators. Fatur said one of them recently moved to Elk Grove from Arizona.

"He is very disturbed,'' Fatur said. "He brought a lot of hate from where he came from. He was the main player in this thing.''

Authorities said there had been no recent incidents or cases of racial tension among the 2,400 students at Laguna Creek High.

In recent years, the community of Elk Grove has experienced a huge population boom, drawing residents seeking refuge from urban living. The Elk Grove Unified School District is now the 10th-largest school district in California with 52,000 students. Enrollment is expected to reach 80,000 by the end of the decade.

Gordon described the student body as racially diverse and generally free of intolerance and bigotry and said most students were shocked -- and even angered -- by the alleged plot.

"The average kid is very intolerant of this type of thing," he said. "That's why we get tipped off -- the kids don't want to see things happen that will hurt the school."


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PostPosted: 20-05-2007 11:42    Post subject: Two Die In China School Stabbing Reply with quote

Rename this thread 'School Rampages' or something similar, mods?

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Two die in China school stabbing

A high-school pupil has killed two of his classmates and wounded four more after a stabbing spree in southern China, state media has reported.


Wu Jianguo launched the alleged assault after a study session at his school in Guangdong province on Tuesday night.

Villagers said the 17-year-old, who later handed himself in to police, attacked the boys after being asked for protection money.

The four injured boys are said to be in a stable condition in hospital.

According to the Beijing Times, Wu Jianguo attacked the students as they emerged from a lift.

The paper described him as a solitary, irritable figure, saying he had transferred to Maoming's Number Three Middle School last year.

The state news agency, Xinhua, reported that the teenager fled the school before handing himself in to police "on his parents' advice".

The agency quoted a villager as saying the victims had asked Wu for protection money - but the police have not yet confirmed any motive.

In recent years there have been several fatal incidents at schools in China.

After a spate of stabbings in 2004, schools began employing professional guards to protect pupils.

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Published: 2007/05/17 11:00:11 GMT

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PostPosted: 23-05-2007 00:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sorry to sound so dense, but how does this thread differ from previous school shooting/violence ones?
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PostPosted: 23-05-2007 11:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

It seems that previous school rampages have been covered on this board only in their own specific threads, whereas this general topic is what I discovered when I was looking for somewhere to post the Chinese story.
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PostPosted: 23-05-2007 21:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the explanation, Jack, and thanks, too, for the Chinese story, now saved to my school violence file.
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PostPosted: 24-05-2007 18:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sombre mood at Jefferys
TheStar.com - News - Sombre mood at Jefferys

May 24, 2007
Iain Marlow
Curtis Rush
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It was a solemn scene outside C.W. Jefferys Collegiate in North York today, the day after the fatal shooting of 15-year-old student Jordan Manners.

Yellow police tape cordoned off the main entrance and and although classes were cancelled, students and teachers drifted in and out of the school, where grief counselors are available.

One 16-year-old student in grade 10 at the school who occasionally played basketball with Jordan in the school’s gym, said it could have happened to anyone, adding that students felt nervous and shaken after the shooting.

“Definitely it’s going to be quiet,” he said. “It’s going to be quiet for a while.”

A 12-year-old girl in Grade 6 at Elia Middle School down the street on Sentinel Rd., came to the school hoping to read a message to Jordan’s killer on TV cameras scribbled on a piece of lined paper.

From the paper grasped between her two hands she began to read loudly: “To the killer of Jordan. Why? Why did you kill Jordan Manners? What did he do to you?”

She said she saw Jordan last week and they waved to each other.

Police are now interviewing witnesses as they try to find out who killed Jordan Manners, 15.

Jordan died in hospital yesterday afternoon after being shot in the chest.

Police sealed off the building for several hours after the attack as investigators combed the school, looking for the killer among the students, but no suspects were arrested.

Forensic investigators remain on the scene today.

This morning, Toronto police Det. Sgt. Chris Buck said police dogs trained to sniff out firearms and drugs have not yet come up with any clues to help in the investigation.

"We may have more answers after the autopsy" scheduled for this afternoon, Buck said.

Const. Wendy Drummond said that although police don't have any suspects as of yet, "we are receiving good co-operation from witnesses. Interviews are going well," she said.

Meanwhile, trustee Stephanie Payne told reporters that "the mood is quite sombre right now" inside the school.

Payne said C.W. Jefferys, which has a strong visual arts program, "is one of the safest schools in Toronto. However, she added that it has been looking at installing surveillance cameras.

Witnesses have suggested that a fight between Jordan and another youth led to the deadly attack.

Those reports suggest the attacker was hit by fireworks and chased Jordan into the school, where he was gunned down on the second floor.

As the city absorbs the shock of what’s believed to be its first fatal shooting inside a school, Mayor David Miller renewed his calls for the federal government to crack down on gun smuggling from the United States.

"Guns have no purpose other than to kill," he said.

Jordan’s aunt told reporters that the victim "was not a bad person."

Louisa Manners also said the Jane and Finch neighbourhood, where Jordan lived, is not as bad an area as some would believe.

"There are good people in the Jane and Finch, prominent people in the Jane and Finch,” she said.

“Not everyone who lives in Jane and Finch belongs to a gang."

Jordan’s death is Toronto’s 26th homicide of 2007.

http://www.thestar.com/printArticle/217313
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PostPosted: 28-05-2007 11:56    Post subject: Two Held Over Canada School Death Reply with quote

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Two held over Canada school death

Canadian police have arrested a 17-year-old boy over the fatal shooting of a student at a school last week.


A second teenager, also 17, has turned himself in. Both of the teenagers are reported to be facing murder charges.

Jordan Manners, 15, died in hospital on Wednesday after being shot at the CW Jefferys Collegiate Institute.

Local reports say the two suspects were friends of the victim. One of them is due to appear in a court in the city of Toronto later on Monday.

Toronto's police chief, Bill Blair, said the incident, which occurred in one of the city's poorer neighbourhoods, was "shocking".

"Students have a right to a safe school environment. It is shocking that such a crime could take place in our schools," he said.

The shooting was Toronto's 26th murder so far this year and the 13th involving a gun, the Globe and Mail newspaper reported.

Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2007/05/28 10:36:06 GMT

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PostPosted: 29-05-2007 00:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

More than 50 years ago, when I was in my early teens, I read several magazine articles and newspaper items describing runaway gun violence in the inner city schools of New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles and other major population centers.

Most (by no means all) of those shootings were carried out with "zip" guns - a zip weapon was a piece of narrow pipe heavily rubber taped to a hand-carved wooden stock, which used the spring-action from a heavy-duty rat trap to fire a .22 (or other) shell.

For whatever reason, those shootings (many of them fatal) never entered the permanent "school violence" records, so the school shootings of the 1990s were regarded as a "brand new" criminological and sociological phenomenon.

But I wonder how the actual stats compare, I think we'd most likely be genuinely surprised.
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PostPosted: 29-05-2007 11:31    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for posting that, OTR Smile I'd always wondered just what Marc Bolan was going on about in the T-Rex track Zip Gun Boogie and now I guess I know Wink
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PostPosted: 29-05-2007 11:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sure Nicky Cruz mentioned these in "Run Baby Run", his were made from car locks if memory serves.
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PostPosted: 30-05-2007 00:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

The question still remains why those school shootings aren't thought of as school shootings and included in the school shootings statistics.
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PostPosted: 14-12-2012 18:33    Post subject: Reply with quote

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'27 dead' in Connecticut primary school shooting
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20730717

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As many as 27 people have been killed, including many children, in a shooting attack at a primary school in the US state of Connecticut, US media say.

At least a dozen children are among the dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, the Associated Press reported.

Earlier, the gunman was reported to have been killed and at least three people were taken to hospital.

A news conference is imminent and the state Governor Dannell Malloy is on his way.

Police arrived at the school soon after 09:40 local time (14:40 GMT), with a full search of the site carried out soon after.

Schools across the district were immediately on lock-down as a preventive measure, officials say.

Meanwhile, the three people who have been taken to hospital are in "very serious condition", Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton told CNN.

'Collecting facts'
There are unconfirmed reports of two shooters, according to a report in the local Hartford Courant newspaper.

As the situation began, police received a call reporting that a gunman was in the school's main office. One person there had "numerous gunshot wounds", the Courant added.

One witness speaking to CNN said that shots were heard coming from the hall. There "must have been 100 rounds" fired, she told the channel.

Local media have reported that firefighters instructed children to close their eyes and run past the school's office as they exited the building.

Other sources suggest that some of the shots were fired in a school classroom.


With the children now evacuated, aerial images of the school show several emergency vehicles still at the scene and scores of cars surrounding the area.

Teams of officers are on the scene, some with dogs, as a thorough search of the school continues.

A local NBC news channel said that a hospital in nearby Danbury had reported receiving three injured patients.

Several parents are reportedly at the school, standing by and waiting for more information. Officials say they are trying to unite children with their parents.

Sandy Hook School - described by correspondents as a highly rated school - has cancelled its kindergarten class on Friday and will not operate midday bus runs, the school's website says.

The public school has more than 600 students in classes from Kindergarten to 4th Grade - including students aged from five to 10.

On its website, Danbury Hospital said it was aware of a "situation" at the school.

"Please know we're collecting facts now and will be back to you as soon as possible with the most accurate information," the hospital said in a statement.
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PostPosted: 14-12-2012 19:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

So it happens again, and still nobody is doing anything to stop it. What a waste of life, and it should have been preventable. Apart from anything else, it's an absolute scandal this keeps going on. Let's hope the final death toll is lowered from the current estimate of 27.
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PostPosted: 14-12-2012 21:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

The shooter is now reported as Adam Lanza, not his brother Ryan Lanza. Ryan Lanza made perfectly clear on Facebook he was not the shooter:

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8 Cylinders When You Need It, brays the Ad. above the Grauniad's Blog with startling context insensitivity. Sad
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