Violence in Our Schools

August 1, 1995 through July 31, 1996


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I would like to thank all of the Survivors and others who have contacted me with information about school violence.  I really do appreciate the help, for without their help, several of these occurrences would not be here.

One other thing I would like to ask of those who read over this list of tragedies is this: If you can provide me with any more details of any of these incidents, I would greatly appreciate the information. Or, if you know of another violent act at a school that is not on this list, please forward that information to me as well.  The link to my e-mail is above.


Memorial Middle School, Laredo, Texas

Tuesday, August 29, 1995

An hour after school had let out for the day, 12-year-old Jonah Inverson and his friends were hanging out near one of the school's restroom.  They had a sawed-off shotgun with them and it was loaded.  It was about 4:15 in the afternoon.  Elizabeth Rivera, also 12, came upon the group and entered the restroom.  Jonah had previously asked Elizabeth to go out with him, but she turned him down.  Jonah followed her into the bathroom and pointed the gun at her head.  She laughed at him and tried to push the gun away.  Jonah pulled the trigger and the gun went off, slamming a bullet into Elizabeth's head.  After firing the shot, Jonah dropped the shot gun and fled the school.  Band director Wes Evans, heard the gunshot and found Elizabeth in the bathroom.  He contacted the front office and they called the police and paramedics.  Elizabeth was airlifted to Mercy Regional Medical Center where she died at 10:45 p.m.  Police arrested Jonah at his home and charged him with attempted murder.  The next day the charge was upgraded to murder.  The school renamed the band room in her honor.

Source: San Antonio Express-News - Laredo Girl Dies in School Shooting; National School Safety Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths; Visitor to this web site


Cypress Junior High School, Memphis, Tennessee

Tuesday, September 12, 1995

This morning 15-year-old Torenzo Maurice Bell and a friend jumped Columbus Coffer, also 15, in one of the school's hallways.  Around 8:30 a.m., Columbus retaliated with a .38-calbier handgun and shot Torenzo. He died 40 minutes later.

Source: National School Safety Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths; (Memphis) Commercial Appeal - A Tragic Day


Olathe North High School, Olathe, Kansas

Thursday, September 14, 1995

Tonight, students gathered on the parking lot to watch a football pickup game.  17-year-old Alfred Williams from rival Shawnee Mission High School drove by the students and opened fire with a .22-caliber Jennings semiautomatic handgun. Wilson Montenegro, 15, and his 19-year-old cousin Jerrell Frazier were killed in this shooting.

Source: National School Safety Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


George Rogers Clark High School, Clark County, Kentucky

Friday, September 15, 1995

Daniel Watson had been in a fight before school today.  He went home and returned later with two guns.  He held another student hostage at gunpoint for an undisclosed amount of time.


Jefferson Middle School, Rochester, New York

Thursday, September 21, 1995

While on the bus to school, two girls were exchanging words over a boy.  As 13-year-old Stephany Givens got off the bus at Jefferson Middle School, her 12-year-old fighting partner stabbed her in the neck with an steak knife.  The young instigator was carrying the knife in her backpack.  Stephany died 40 minutes later.  The 12-year-old girl was charged with juvenile delinquency because under New York state law at that time, no one under 13 can be charged with murder. 

Source: The New York Times - 12-Year-Old Girl Held in Killing of a Rochester Schoolmate, 13


Tavares Middle School, Tavares, Florida

Friday, September 29, 1995

Eighth-grader Keith Eugene Johnson, 14, was kicked out of his house today.  He goes to school and encounters Joey Summerall, who had tried to pick fights with him in the past. Keith pulls out a 9mm semiautomatic pistol and empties the clip into Joey, killing the 13-year-old classmate for "running off at the mouth" on him.

Source: National School Safety Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Gilroy High School, Gilroy, California

Tuesday, October 3, 1995

During a fight at Gilroy today, 15-year-old gang member Carlos Vaca was pushed into 16-year-old Marcos Valdez, who was defending himself from another opponent. The fight climaxed when a five-inch blade found its way into Carlos.  He later died from his wounds.  Marcos, Pavel Zapata, 17, and Gerardo Avila, 19, were all charged in Carlos's murder.

Source: National School Safety Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths; Survivor of this act of school violence


Marshall Elementary School, St. Louis, Missouri

Tuesday, October 10, 1995

Students can be very rough on substitute teachers, but this instance was uncalled for.  Nedra Morris was filling in at a fourth grade classroom today and had to pass out assignments.  While she was doing this, a 9-year-old male student began to punch her in the chest repeatedly.  Nedra, 51, suffered a heart attack and rushed to the hospital where she died 90 minutes later.  The medical examiner ruled her death a homicide.

Source: National School Safety Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Blackville-Hilda High School, Blackville, South Carolina

Thursday, October 12, 1995

Toby R. Sincino was bullied by his classmates.  He was suspended a week earlier for making an obscene gesture.  He brought a .32-caliber revolver back to school with him and shot math teacher Johnny Thompson, 38, in the face.  Toby then went into a teacher's workroom and shot at math teacher Phyllis Senn.  Toby then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide.  Johnny was only wounded in this shooting.

THOSE WHO DIED:

Phyllis Senn, 56 killer Toby R. Sincio, 16

Source: National School Safety Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


John F. Kennedy High School, Richmond, Virginia

Monday, October 30, 1995

At 2:05 p.m. the school day had just ended and students were milling about on the grounds of their school, talking to friends, waiting for buses and the like.  Edward Earl Spellman, 17, was standing across the street from the school's parking lot, wearing a dark blue shirt with a beige stripe, dark pants and shoes.  On his body was a .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol.  Clifford Hill, a senior, Shantell Byrd, Saaeda Pulliam and Jarshima Roberson, all juniors, were just starting on their walk home when Edward walked up behind them and called out to them and said, "Do you all have something you want to say to me?"  Before any of them could respond, Edward pulled out the pistol, ran toward them and opened fire.  He shot Saaeda in the left leg above the knee, Shantell in the back and Jarshima and Clifford in the legs.  After the shooting, Edward fled on foot.  All four injured students were taken to Medical College of Virginia Hospitals for treatment.  Clifford and Jarshima were treated and released while Shantell and Saaeda remained hospitalized in stable conditions.  Police believe a year-long feud between youths who live in two housing projects, Whitcomb Courts and Fairfield Courts, may be the cause of this shooting.  On Wednesday Henrico police issued arrest warrants for Landon Thaddeus Rogers, 15, and Edward Earl Briley, also known as Edward Earl Spellman.  Also on Wednesday, Saaeda was released from the hospital.  The next day, Edward turned himself into police. The following day, Friday, Landon was apprehended at 4:00 in the evening in the Baltimore home of his aunt after Baltimore police received a Crime Stoppers tip from Henrico police.  Both were charged with four counts of malicious wounding and using a firearm in a felony.  Edward's mother wanted her son charged under her maiden name (Spellman) so that he wouldn't be linked to two brothers, James D. and Linwood E. Briely, who killed 11 people in the Richmond area in the 1970's.  The  families are not related, but she feared someone might assume they were. Edward was tried as an adult in this shooting, convicted in April 1996 and was sentenced to 26 years in prison and 32 years suspended.  Under Virginia's laws, Edward must serve 22 years of the sentence before being eligible for parole. Charges against Landon were dropped all together as he wasn't involved with this shooting.  However, shortly after the shooting, he went to a nearby apartment complex and fired his gun into the air.   Police charged him with discharging a weapon within 1,000 feet of a school.

THE INJURED:

Shantell Byrd, 17

Clifford Hill

Saaeda Pulliam, 16

Jarshima Roberson, 16

Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch - Panic, Disbelief as Shots Rang Out; Richmond Times-Dispatch - Gunman Shoots 4 Kennedy Students - Shots Pepper Group From Across Street; Richmond Times-Dispatch - Shooting at School is Linked to Feud - Whitcomb, Court, Fairfield in Rivalry; Richmond Times-Dispatch - Petitions Name Two in School Shootings - Both Believed in Area and Dangerous; Richmond Times-Dispatch - 2nd Youth Arrested in School Shooting; Richmond Times-Dispatch - Kennedy Student Says Spellman was Gunman - Case is Sent to Henrico Circuit Court; Richmond Times-Dispatch - One Suspect is Absolved; Richmond Times-Dispatch - Youth Sentenced to 26 Years for Shooting at High School


Blue Lake Elementary School, Miami Beach, Florida

Thursday, November 2, 1995

Catalino "Nick" Slang was a very unhappy waiter with the IRS.  He took out his frustration today by seizing a Dade County school bus filled with 13 disabled students and three adults.  He held them hostage and forced the driver to take them on a 15-mile ride to a restaurant.  Police arrived at the restaurant and began to negotiate with him.  When the talks for surrender failed, police shot Nick to death.

Source: National School Safety Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Richland High School, Lynnville, Tennessee

Wednesday, November 15, 1995

Jamie Rouse, 17, brought a .22-caliber semiautomatic hunting rifle to school on this autumn day.  He kills Carolyn Foster, a business teacher, and classmate Diane Collins. He wounds math teacher Carol Yancey. Classmate Thomas Jenkins talked him into stopping the rampage.  Jamie is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

THOSE WHO DIED:

Diane Collins, 16 Carolyn Foster, 58

THE INJURED:

Carol Yancey, 49

Source: The Tennessean - 1995 School Shooting Still Vivid for Giles Residents (published 4-23-07)


Thomas A. Edison Vocational and Technical High School, New York City, New York

Tuesday, November 28, 1995

Quentin Gamble, 17, finished taking his shop class test this morning around 11:20 and then left the school without permission.  As he was walking along the street, a car stopped at a park and playground near the school.  Three youths got out of the car and two of them confronted Quentin, wanting his gold chain necklace.  Quentin refused to give it to them, so one of them pulled out a .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol and the other one pulled out a bottle.  Quentin began to run from the duo and they pursued.  It was 11:30 when the gun totting youth opened fire and shot Quentin three times, once in the head, chest and groin.  He collapsed to the ground and the trio fled the scene.  Quentin was transported to Mary Immaculate Hospital where he died a few hours later.  This happened two days before Thanksgiving.

Source: The New York Times - Student, 17, is Killed After Leaving School in Queens


William H. Taft High School, New York City, New York

Wednesday, November 29, 1995

Andy Genao, 17, has an unremarkable record at William H. Taft High School.  He wasn't a troublemaker and he was regularly in class.  With that type of background, it makes his attempted suicide very surprising to his classmates and family.  Just after 9:00, a teacher was facilitating the dismissal of students from a classroom and entry of the students of the next class when Andy calmly walked up to one of the fourth-story windows in the room.  Before the teacher could reach the window and stop him, Andy jumped out and fell to the ground.  He landed in a snowy patch of grass that officials believed saved his life.  He had a concussion and was semi-conscious when help surrounded him.  He was transported to Lincoln Hospital where doctors found no broken bones or spinal damage.  Doctors said he was "a very fortunate young man."  The student body of William H. Taft High School is bigger than some small western towns, with almost 4,300 students on campus everyday.

Source: The New York Times - Student, 17, Survives a Leap From His Classroom Window


St. George Roman Catholic (Secondary) School, Maida Vale, West London, England

Friday, December 8, 1995

Headmaster Philip Lawrence had increased security at the school, closed some of the entrances and installed a video camera at another entrance in an effort to keep his pupils safe.  Unfortunately, he couldn't add more security measures just outside the school's gates.  Today, as the students were leaving for the day, one 13-year-old boy was approached by a dozen male teens. The group began to attack the boy and Philip rushed into the fray.  He was punched and stabbed in the chest repeatedly but was able to stagger back into the school building to raise the alarm for help.  The male teens fled the scene on foot.  Philip, 48, was taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington where he died. The 13-year-old boy was also taken to the hospital and treated for head injuries.  15-year-old Learco Chindamo was found guilty of murdering Philip in 1996 and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 12 years time to serve.  During his trial, Learco claimed that another teen had taken his jacket and had killed Philip. Learco is a member of the Wo-Sing-Wo gang, which aspired to be the juvenile equivalent of the Triads.  Philip's death sent the school spiraling downward for several years with waves of violent acts between pupils and academic failings. The Westminster Education and Leisure Committee closed the school for an extra week in February 2000 and threatened to shut the school down completely.  However, the committee was able to put in place a stronger headmaster and ethos and St. George's showed much progress by June 2000.  In March 2001, the school completely rebounded and was taken off the "special measures" list. On Friday, January 17, 2003, 21-year-old William Njoh was convicted of carrying a loaded Browning .22-caliber pistol at the 2002 Notting Hill Carnival.  Eight years earlier, William was the 13-year-old boy that Philip saved from Learco and his gang.  This was the latest in arrests for William, who's earliest criminal record was for robbery in May 1998, just 2 1/2 years after the death of Philip.

Source: BBC News - Youth Gang Stabs Head Teacher to Death; BBC News - Teenager Loses Appeal Against Murder of Headteacher; BBC News - Violence Closes Murdered Head's School; BBC News - Murdered Head's School Turns Around; BBC News - Boost for Philip Lawrence's School; The Guardian - Youth Saved By Murdered Headmaster Faces Prison


Oxon Hill High School, Washington, D. C.

Thursday, December 14, 1995

Another attempted robbery ends in death, this time in our nation's capitol. Youths wearing masks wanted a classmate's coat as the student waited at a bus stop.  The robbery went bad and the masked youths opened fire, killing 17-year-old Charles "Chuckie" Marsh.

Source: National School Safety Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


An Elementary School in Vladikavkaz, Russia

December 1995

Yurl Kardanoc, 30 set off two hand grenades in a kindergarten classroom on a cold winter's day in Russia.  He killed three children, wounded three other children, three policemen and himself in the blast.


Girard High School, Girard, Pennsylvania

Tuesday, January 2, 1996

After the world celebrated the new year yesterday, school violence marches on. 16-year-old John Pegg shots himself in the head while in one of Girard's hallways.

Source: National School Safety Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Martha H. Winston Community (High) School, Washington, D.C.

Friday, January 19, 1996

Damion Blocker is an eighth-grader at Roper Middle School in northeast Washington.  Today, the 14-year-old, was visiting Winston School to pickup a relative.  While he was doing that, 18-year-old Derrick Evans had donned a ski mask and began chasing another teenager at the school (for what purpose, I don't know).  At one point, Derrick believed he had a clear shot at his target and opened fire.  Unfortunately, the bullet landed in Damion's  body and killed the young boy.

Source: National School Safety Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


East High School, Memphis, Tennessee

Friday, January 26, 1996

After tonight's basketball game between Central High and East High, several women began fighting in the school's parking lot at around 9:45. Glenn Taylor, a 15-year-old East Junior High School student, tried to break up the fight when shots rang out.  Glenn was struck by one of the bullets and later died.

Source: National School Safety Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Tustin High School, Tustin, California

Monday, January 29, 1996

Thien Minh Ly enjoyed his very late-night exercise routine of in-line skating on Tustin's tennis courts.  Early in the morning, somebody stabbed the 24-year-old alumni of Tustin to death.  His body was found at 7:45 a.m. today.

Source: National School Safety Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Denby High School, Detroit, Michigan

Tuesday, January 30, 1996

For an unknown reason, two 15-year-old male students stabbed classmate Demetrius Anderson, 16, to death in a hallway today.   Our young instigators were charged with first-degree murder.

Source: National School Safety Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Frontier Junior High School, Moses Lake, Washington

Friday, February 2, 1996

9th grader Barry Loukaitis, 14, opened fire on his algebra class killing classmates Arnold F. Fritz, and Manuel Vela and teacher Leona D. Caires.  Natalie Heinz, sitting next to the boys, was shot in the stomach and right arm.  Gym teacher Jon M. Lane rushed in, knocked the rifle away from Barry and wrestled him to the floor to end the rampage. Barry was carrying a hunting rifle and two handguns.

THOSE WHO DIED:

Leona D. Caires, 49 Arnold F. Fritz, 14 Manuel Vela, 14

THE INJURED:

Natalie Heinz, 13


Mid-Peninsula High School, Palo Alto, California

Thursday, February 8, 1996

With a history of depression and problems with his girlfriend, 16-year-old Douglas Bradley drove to school this morning in his navy blue Honda Accord.  He drove onto the playground and began throwing money out the window to draw the attention of his classmates.  As students drew close to pickup the money, Douglas opened fire with a .38-caliber handgun.  He fired three shots and wounded a 14-year-old boy in the leg. With a fourth shot, Douglas committed suicide.  This shooting happened about 10:50 a.m. 

Source: Palo Alto Online - Police: Two Students Wounded in Shooting and a visitor to this site


Jenkins High School, Savannah, Georgia

Thursday, February 22, 1996

For three days, Keith Antoine Green and Dwayne Cedric Martin had been arguing over an undisclosed issue.  Today the emotions boiled over the top when Keith, 15, shot and killed Dwayne, 17, with a .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol as students were lining up for the bus ride home. 

Source: National School Safety Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Beaumont High School, St. Louis, Missouri

Thursday, February 29, 1996

This afternoon at a bus stop, 30-year-old Mark Boyd gets onto the bus and opens fire from a .38-caliber handgun.  The driver, Richard Lanemann, 60, is wounded as is 15-year-old Kyunia Taylor. Kyunia is also pregnant.  She is rushed to the hospital and her baby, Diamond Taylor, is delivered ten weeks premature via Caesarian section.  On March 23,1996, Diamond joins her mother in death.

Source: National School Safety Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


North Stanly High School, New London, North Carolina

Monday, March 11, 1996

Jamie Hurley hid a 9mm pistol in his coat and went to school.  Just before he was to start an algebra quiz, the 15-year-old boy killed himself with the gun.

Source: National School Safety Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Dunblane Primary School, Dunblane, Scotland

Wednesday, March 13, 1996

School violence exploded in Scotland when Thomas Hamilton, 43, walked into the school armed with an assortment of high power handguns.  He made his way to the gym and opened fire on class full of 4 and 5-year-old children.  Ten children and two adults survived the shootings and were rushed to the hospital.  He killed 16 students and their teacher, Mrs. Gwen Mayor, before killing himself.

THOSE WHO DIED:

Victoria Clydesdale, 5

Emma Crozier

Melissa Currie

Charlotte Dunn, 5

killer Thomas Hamilton, 43

Kevin Hasell, 5

Ross Irvine

David Kerr, 5

Mhairi MacBeath

Gwen Mayor, 45

Brett McKinnon

Abigail McLennan, 5

Emily Morton

Sophie North

John Petrie, 5

Joanna Ross

Hannah Scott

Megan Turner, 5

THE INJURED:

Amie Adam

Coll Austin

Matthew Birnie

Mary Blake Scott Crichton Eileen Harrild
Steven Hopper

Robbie Hurst

Amy Hutchison

Ryan Liddell

Mark Mullan

Andrew O'Donnell

Victoria Porteous

Robbie Purves

Grace Tweddle

Ben Vallance

Stewart Weir

Dunblane Link           Remembering Dunblane


Swainston Middle School, Las Vegas, Nevada

Tuesday, March 19, 1996

Two students were wounded by a boy with a pellet gun today in this desert city.  The injured students were on the northwest side of the campus between buildings en route to class about 11:30 a.m. when they were hit with the pellets.  The shooter was an eighth grader from school who did not go to class the next day.


Mountain Park Baptist Church and Boarding (High) School, Waynesville, Missouri

Monday, March 25, 1996

(Webmaster's note:  This entry was updated September 30, 2002 with information from a former student of the Boarding School.  The news media did not report the whole story on March 25, 1996 about this school slaying.  Below is a more accurate account of the events that lead to the death of Will Futrelle.  The second paragraph is my original entry from the information I gathered from newspaper stories.  I'm keeping it here so that you can see how much of an act of school violence the news reporters actually tell.)

Using strict Biblical principles and rigid Baptist theologies, Mountain Park Baptist Church and Boarding School's troubled students often wanted to be in jail instead of spending another day at the facility.  Students at the school contemplated suicide as a way to escape the horrible treatment they were receiving.  Joseph Stanley Burris and Jonathan Dean Moore, both 15-years-old, Will Futrelle, 16, and Anthony Gene Rutherford, 18, planned to take over the school and get media attention for the students and expose the conditions and horrible treatment there. A couple of days before the foursome were to set their plan in motion, Will "found God."  Joseph, Jonathan and Anthony feared that Will would reveal their plans to the staff.  They led Will out in to the woods to "basically beat the crap out of him."  However, the three were too aggressive and bludgeoned Will to death.  The trio then tried to carry out there plan in a hurry, before they were caught.  The trio tried to get into several of the staff homes to find weapons in order to hold the staff hostage until the news media arrived.  However, they found no weapons and gave themselves up.  When Will's murder was exposed, the school concocted the idea to say the boys were crazy and to take the focus away from the school's rigid principles.  The school didn't want anything started that could cause a serious investigation.  Anthony wrote a letter stating the exact reasons for wanting to take over the school while in jail.  

Fearing 16-year-old classmate Will Futrelle would reveal their plans to take over their school and start a cult, Joseph Stanley Burris and Jonathan Dean Moore, both 15-years-old and Anthony Gene Rutherford, 18, slashed and bludgeoned Will to death on Monday.  Joseph acted as a "guide" who was supposed to introduce Will to the school. Will's body was found in the woods near the school.

Mountain Park Link: Mountain Park Survivors


Talladega High School, Talladega, Alabama

Thursday, April 11, 1996

An argument on the school's parking lot climaxed when a 16-year-old male used a 12-guage shotgun to kill his opponent, 18-year-old Bobby Roberson, Jr.

Source: National School Safety Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


McKinley High School, Washington, D.C.

Monday, April 15, 1996

A 23-year-old alumnus is shot in the gymnasium of the school on this day.


Riverdale High School, Fort Myers, Florida

Monday, April 29, 1996

On Monday, band teacher Mark Schwebes, 32,  was on his way to a dinner to meet with the band booster president when he spotted several boys lingering near the school's auditorium around 9:30 p.m..  The boys were all members of the Lords of Chaos who had in the preceding weeks vandalized, robbed and set fires across the town. 18-year-old Kevin Don Foster was the ring leader and wanted the other members to call him God.  After Mark corralled the boys and took away a fire extinguisher, rubber gloves and large cans of peaches the boys were going to use to break the windows, he told them he was going to report the incident in the morning to the police.  He never got the chance.  Mark went on to his dinner and then back to his home.  Kevin plotted revenge for that very night.  Through the operator he found out where Mark lived then he and his cronies drove to the band leader's house.  Derek Shields, who was in jazz band, and Kevin knocked on Mark's door around 11:30 p.m..  Mark answered, Derek nodded then turned and ran.  Kevin opened fire with a 12-guage stainless-steel Mossberg shotgun destroying Mark's face.  Mark slumped forward and Kevin shot him again in the backside. Kevin then returned to the waiting car and the teens drove off.  They were caught by the end of the week, with all of the members of the Lords of Chaos turning against Kevin in courtroom testimonies.


Bingham Middle School, Taylorsville, Utah

Tuesday, May 14, 1996

Two friends of 15-year-old Justin Allgood died in recent car accidents.  The sudden wave of shock and grief are believed to be what caused Justin to bring school violence to Taylorsville.  Justin shot school bus driver Sula Bearden the thigh and then commandeered the empty bus. He sped through a residential neighborhood, caused three accidents and drove the bus into a two-story house.  Justin pulled out the gun again, a .357 Magnum, and killed himself.

Source: National School Safety Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


West Valley High School, Hemet, California

Tuesday, June 4, 1996

This morning as students began arriving for class, Stasiu Neil Kowalski, 16, shot himself to death at West Valley High School.

Source: National School Safety Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


St. Luke's Primary School, Blakenhall, Wolverhampton, England

Monday, July 8, 1996

The school sponsored a teddy bear picnic this afternoon and machete-wielding maniac Horrett Campbell ruined the day for all.  He launched his attack with laughter at 3:10 when he appeared at the school fence, leaned over and tried to grab one of the children.  He then jumped into the playground and attacked, slashing at three children and four adults.  One of the adults he slashed was Lisa Potts, a 21-year-old nursery nurse.  Even with significant injuries to her head, arms and back, she tried to hide the kids in cupboards, but with her nearly severed arm, she couldn't get the door open. She had a child in each arm, and a few more hiding under her skirt, holding on to her legs for dear life.  Horrett fled the scene.  Over a day later, he was found in a cupboard on the ninth floor of an apartment at Villiers House, a few yards from the school.  During his trail, 33-year-old Horrett said he heard the children taunt him as he walked past.  He denied the attempted murder charge but did admit to charges of grievous bodily harm.  The jury at Stafford Crown Court, six men and six women,  convicted him of seven counts of attempted murder and ordered held indefinitely.  Horrett has been diagnosed with paranoia schizophrenia.  Lisa suffered sever scarring, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.  The George Medal was awarded to her in 1997 for protecting the children.  She fought the courts for five years to get adequate compensation as this attack ended her career.  In 2001, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority awarded her 68,000 under heavy criticism.

THE INJURED:

Rhena Chopra, 4 Surinder Kaur, 29 Francesca Quintyne,  4
Ahmed Pervaz, 3 Lisa Potts, 21 Azar Rasiq, 29
Wendy Wellington, 29

Source: Express and Star - Our Century 1976-2000: Machete Horror at School; BBC News - Guilty Verdict on School Machete Attacker; BBC News - On This Day 8 July - 1996: Seven Slashed in School Machete Attack


John Marshall High School, Los Angeles, California

Friday, July 26, 1996

John Marshall High School students attend classes all year long instead of using the typical September to May schedule that most other schools use.  At 2 p.m., they change classes.  Today during this class change, two students were shot in a stairwell by 18-year-old Yohao Albert Rivas.  Yohao, a junior, used a 9mm handgun to injure Alex Merida, a junior, and Angela Hernandez, a senior, in the legs.  He missed his intended target, another student.  At the bottom of the stairs is the school police office.  Yohao then rushed into his sixth-period English class.  Police locked down the school and tracked Yohao to the English classroom from witnesses.  The officers had all the students leave the room single file and then they searched the room where the gun was found.  Alex and Angela were taken to Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital.  Alex was treated and released for a minor wound.  Angela stayed over night to have her broken leg set in a cast.  Police arrested Yohao Friday afternoon.  On Monday they charged him with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of possessing a firearm on school grounds and one count of discharging a firearm on school grounds.

THE INJURED:

Angela Hernandez, 17

Alex Merida, 16

Source: L.A. Times - 2 Students Hurt in Shooting at Marshall High; L.A. Times - Student is Charged in Marshall High Shootings


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