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    Two injured in shooting at Colorado high school - U.S. News

    By M. Alex Johnson, Staff Writer, NBC News
    Two people were injured Friday in a shooting incident Friday at a high school in Colorado, authorities said.
    One of the victims is a 15- or 16-year-old with a gunshot wound, Littleton Hospital said. There was no immediate information on the identity of the second victim or on the condition of either, but law enforcement officials told NBC News that the incident was over and that the danger had passed at Arapahoe High School in Centennial.
    Students were led out of the building in an orderly evacuation. They filed out in lines with their arms in the air, and some being frisked by police.
    Parents were being asked to go to nearby Shepherd of the Hills Church, the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office said.
    Arapahoe High School, with 2,000 students, is an affluent suburb of Denver. It's about 8 miles away — but in a different school district — from Columbine High School, where two disaffected students shot and killed 12 classmates and a teacher in April 1999.
    It's also in the same county where James Eagan Holmes is accused of having killed 12 people in a movie theater in the town of Aurora last year.

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    I actually gasped at the title. It's not that a school shooting is shocking any more, but it gave me a weird feeling in my chest. I was only ten when Columbine happened but it sort of felt like I was taken back.
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    Same here Levitt, 8 miles away from Columbine is just too horrible. Poor kids.
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    This will sound odd but I hope it was an argument between some dumb ass kids and not another case of mental illness where a student targeted classmates.
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    I don't think it sounds odd at all sluce, mental illness needs no more negative stigma associated with gun crime.
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    No Sluce I think that makes a lot of sense.
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    I concur.
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    Dead Colorado school shooter wanted to confront teacher, sheriff says

    By Ana Cabrera, Chelsea J. Carter and Tom Watkins, CNN

    updated 6:07 PM EST, Fri December 13, 2013


    Students from Arapahoe High Scool gather outside the school after being evacuated in Centennial, Colorado, on December 13. Students from Arapahoe High Scool gather outside the school after being evacuated in Centennial, Colorado, on December 13.

    Centennial, Colorado (CNN) -- A student opened fire Friday inside a suburban Denver high school, injuring at least three people before turning the gun on himself, authorities said.

    The shooting began after the student entered Arapahoe High School in Centennial with the intention of confronting a teacher, Sheriff Grayson Robinson told reporters. The sheriff declined to identify the dead gunmen.

    "I want to again repeat to you the suspect has been found inside the school and he has deceased as a result of what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound," Robinson said.

    At least one person -- a minor -- was taken to Littleton Adventist Hospital with a gunshot wound, Lauren Brendel, a hospital spokeswoman, told CNN.

    Brendel did not release the age, gender and condition of the minor.

    Two others were taken to Swedish Medical Center where they were reported in good condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

    The hospitals did not release the identities of the patients, but Robinson told reporters that two students were shot, including one who was taken to an area hospital in serious condition.

    Authorities descended on the school after news of the shooting broke -- on the eve of the one year anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut.

    The shooting also occurred roughly 10 miles from Littleton, where Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 12 students and one teacher in a rampage at Columbine High School in April 1999.

    The gunman walked into Arapahoe High School carrying a shotgun and made no attempt to hide it, Robinson said. The shooter then asked other students the whereabouts of a faculty member, he said.

    A school janitor told CNN affiliate KMGH that he saw a student dressed in tactical gear running through the school.

    "It just looked weird," the janitor said. "He went in and I heard two pops. That's when I knew. I said, 'They are shooting in the school.'"

    The janitor said he called 911, and he then escorted the targeted faculty member out of the school.

    The gunman's body was found a few minutes later in a classroom, Robinson told reporters. The student appears to have acted alone, he said.

    The first sheriff's deputies and police officers arrived at Arapahoe and entered almost immediately after the shooting was reported, Robinson said.

    While authorities hunted for the student gunman inside the school, students were locked in their classrooms.

    Courtney Leytoldt told KMGH she saw a girl, covering in blood, running down the stairs yelling, "Help me, help me, there's a shooter."

    Leytoldt said she was in yoga class and that her teacher told all the students to get into a closet to protect them.

    Ninth-grader Whitney Riley was getting ready to grab her computer from her locker when the shooting began.

    "We were having fun and laughing and then, all of a sudden, we heard a really loud bang," the 15-year-old told CNN.

    "My teacher asked what it was and then we heard two more and we all just got up and screamed and ran into a sprinkler system room."

    Inside the windowless room were five students and two teachers. "We were shaking, we were crying, we were freaking out," Riley said. "I had a girl biting my arm."

    They soon heard people yelling, and walkie-talkies crackling, and then they heard police asking someone to drop the gun, put the gun down, and hold his arms up, she said.

    She did not hear another gunshot, though the people doing the talking could have moved farther away, she said. Soon, they heard police ordering them out.

    Colton Powers told CNN affiliate KDVR that he heard gunfire during his English class.

    At that point, his teacher turned off the lights and locked the door.

    "We ran to a corner so they couldn't see us," Powers said.

    Within about 14 minutes of the initial report, "we had information on the radio that my deputies believed they had the shooter down inside the school," Robinson said.

    Dozens of children could be seen walking away from the school, with their hands in the air. Some stood in lines at what appeared the high school track field, where they appeared to be undergoing police pat-downs.

    Students were then taken by bus to a nearby church where they were reunited with their families, Robinson said.

    The high school, with a student population of 2,229 students, has 70 classrooms. The school, which was built in 1964, is part of the Littleton Public Schools system.

    Ana Cabrera reported from Centennial, and Chelsea J. Carter and Tom Watkins reported and wrote from Atlanta. CNN's Suzanne Presto, Carma Hassan, AnneClaire Stapleton, Mayra Cuevas and Melanie Whitley contributed to this report.
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    Yet another kid described as friendly and well grounded. The 'quiet loner' stereotype just isn't fitting the bill anymore. What is the unifying factor?

    They're all boys. They all want to 'show' how mad they are. And they're all 'gifted', according to some analyses.

    My gut feeling is that these are cases of immature minds feeling overwhelmed and wanting people to know JUST HOW overwhelmed they are. They are aware of consequences to at least some degree, since they usually kill themselves, meaning they don't want to deal with the fallout.

    It's like someone with the body of an adult still thinking like a toddler(?)

    I wish there was some proactive action that was obvious OTHER than more metal detectors, gun control and fear of those kids having emotional problems. I've been negotiating 'kid with emotional problems' current policy for the past 8 months and it's a scary place. I'm lucky that our school has been fairly sane in most regards (My kid hasn't been arrested, for example)

    Most of all, I wish someone could really show these kids just how much harder they make it for kids JUST like them every time they do this shit. It's like they think they're winning some victory while in truth they're just shooting everyone in the foot and putting suspicion on those suffering as they are.
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    Back 100 years ago when I was in school, the worst thing I worried about was getting my ass kicked by some horrible bully girl, or worse yet no one would have any weed. Some Kids today are scary.
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    We had a boy that would sit next to you and whisper the really sexual things 'he would do to you'; really graphic things a 5th grader really shouldn't know about yet. What was worse was that he would purposefully choose the social outcasts, like me, probably because he knew we would be too mortified to tell anyone/had less people to tell.

    Interestingly enough, he grew up to be a very kind, nice and well adjusted person and through mutual friends I know that he has a very caring and loving relationship with his wife.

    So how do we even tell? Kids do some really fucked up shit and how can we know what it legitimately scary and what is just them working through something?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WhateverLolaWants View Post
    Yet another kid described as friendly and well grounded. The 'quiet loner' stereotype just isn't fitting the bill anymore. What is the unifying factor?

    They're all boys. They all want to 'show' how mad they are. And they're all 'gifted', according to some analyses.

    My gut feeling is that these are cases of immature minds feeling overwhelmed and wanting people to know JUST HOW overwhelmed they are. They are aware of consequences to at least some degree, since they usually kill themselves, meaning they don't want to deal with the fallout.

    It's like someone with the body of an adult still thinking like a toddler(?)

    I wish there was some proactive action that was obvious OTHER than more metal detectors, gun control and fear of those kids having emotional problems. I've been negotiating 'kid with emotional problems' current policy for the past 8 months and it's a scary place. I'm lucky that our school has been fairly sane in most regards (My kid hasn't been arrested, for example)

    Most of all, I wish someone could really show these kids just how much harder they make it for kids JUST like them every time they do this shit. It's like they think they're winning some victory while in truth they're just shooting everyone in the foot and putting suspicion on those suffering as they are.
    Unfortunately, they are not shooting in the foot, are they? I just hope the innocent badly injured will survive and all the kids, parents and teachers affected can get over another trauma in this area.

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    I knew someone would pick out that one turn of phrase and discount the rest of what I said because of the terminology of an idiom What I said still stands, and I was not in any way being dismissive of those who are suffering right now.
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