First School Shooting of the New School Year: Teen Killed!

Student fatally shoots teen classmate at Tenn. school

A law enforcement official says a teen has died after a shooting Thursday in the cafeteria of Central High School in Knoxville, Tenn.

A law enforcement official says a teen has died after a shooting Thursday in the cafeteria of Central High School in Knoxville, Tenn.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A student fatally shot a 16-year-old classmate during a dispute Thursday at a Knoxville high school, as other teenagers watched in horror as the victim clutched his chest and fell to the floor.

The shooting happened shortly after 8 a.m. at the Central High School cafeteria, Chief Deputy Bill Roehl said, and the suspected shooter was taken into custody minutes later on a nearby street. The suspect and victim knew each other, Knox County School System Superintendent Bill McIntyre said.

“This wasn’t a shooting that was a random act,” Roehl said. “It was an individual directing his aggression toward another individual, not the school or the students inside the school.”

The cafeteria was a popular place to gather before classes started at 8:30 a.m., students said. When the shooting happened, students in the cafeteria began crying and scrambling to leave, while others tried to get in the room, thinking they had missed a fight, witnesses said.

Authorities haven’t released the names of the victim, who died at University of Tennessee Medical Center, or the suspect. No other students were injured.

The school, which has about 1,400 students, was placed on lockdown after the shooting. Classes were dismissed and students were bused to a nearby church so they could be picked up by their parents.

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I for one am getting very sick and tired of this. I hate when school is in session as I know we will be bombarded once again with a rash of school shootings, school killings, or school massacres. I believe it is more than past time for the taxpayers to take their schools back. I think the schools ought to be locked down all the time, cops should be in them, not rent-a-cops but cops (plural), metal detectors, locker searches daily, no BACKPACKS at all, unless there clear plastic, I can go on and on.

These schools should be as tight as prisons, I’m sorry if that ruins the atmosphere, but does that really matter in the end if it keeps our children safe as well as those who teach them? I don’t think so, but then hell I’m just a taxpayer, what I say or feel doesn’t count.

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~ by Digory Kirke on August 22, 2008.

One Response to “First School Shooting of the New School Year: Teen Killed!”

  1. Hm…seems to me it is all about morality, or the lack there of. So, you still want God kept out of the schools?

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