Violence in Our Schools

August 1, 2004 through July 31, 2005

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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.

Huffman High School, Birmingham, Alabama

Tuesday, August 3, 2004

The 2004-2005 school year began with a shooting, even before classes started.  At most high schools, the football team and the marching band assemble a few weeks before school to practice their game and halftime routine for the fall season.  Huffman High is not an exception to the rule.  Today, during an early break at band practice, Jamil Elliott was shot in the shoulder by a fellow band member. The shooting took place on one of the school's parking lots around 8:45 a.m.  Jamil, 16, was rushed to Children's Hospital of Birmingham where he was treated and released.  Police took the unnamed shooter in to custody shortly after the shooting and charged him with attempted murder.  The next day, the school district installed surveillance cameras at Huffman High School.

Source: NBC 13 - Teen Shot at Band Camp; NBC 13 - Cameras Installed at Huffman High

The Nursery (Kindergarten) at Beijing University Number One Hospital, Beijing, China

Wednesday, August 4, 2004

With news that the kindergarten would be closing next month, 51-year-old Xu Heping lost his mind.  The doorman at the nursery had a history of schizophrenia, even being hospitalized at Beijing's Adning Hospital from May 11 to September 24, 1999.  Today, the children were playing outside in the schoolyard when Xu joined them.  He locked an iron door behind him, preventing the youngsters from escaping.  He pulled out a kitchen knife and began "hacking people up at the kindergarten."  A school cook heard the kids screaming and rushed outside to see Xu frantically slashing at the youngsters.  Teachers attempted to wrestle the knife away from him, but it wasn't until eight police officers who were dispatched to the nursery showed up before they were able to overpower Xu and arrested him.  During his rampage Xu wounded 15 young children, three teachers and killed a 4-year-old boy with the knife.  Most of the youngsters were children of the hospital workers.

Source: BBC News - Knife Attack at Beijing Nursery; BBC News - China Knife Killer 'Had Job Fears'

Roxburgh Park Secondary (School) College, Melbourne, Australia

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

After a quiet two week period, school violence pops up quite frequently over the next few entries.  Today, in the school's park, two teens fought it out until on of them, a 17-year-old male student, was stabbed in the stomach.  Police charged another 17-year-old male with the stabbing on Wednesday.

Source: ABC Victoria - Student to be Charged Over School Stabbing

Highland High School, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Just after lunch today, a fight broke out between a 15-year-old male student and freshman male student from rival gangs.  During the fight, the 15-year-old pulled out a 5-inch pocket knife and stabbed the freshman in the abdomen.  The wounded boy was taken to the University of New Mexico Hospital where he was treated for the stab wounds.  Police were able to apprehend the instigator and recover the knife.

Source: National School Safety and Security Services web site; Albuquerque Journal - Boy Stabbed at School

Northwest Halifax High School, Littleton, North Carolina

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

In the small town of Littleton, North Carolina, school ended in violence today as two male students were involved in an altercation in the student parking this afternoon.  The students, a 14-year-old male and a 16-year-old male, let their bad-blood feud escalate into a fight.  The fight climaxed when the younger student slashed the 16-year-old across his chest.  The wounded teen was taken to Halifax Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released.  Police arrested the young instigator and charged him with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and carrying a weapon on school grounds.  Adults usually monitored the bus parking lot, but not the student parking lot.  Keith Hoggard, the school system's public information officer, said that may change in the future.

Source: (Roanoke Rapids) Daily Herald - Sixteen-year-old Student Attacked in Parking Lot

Hamilton High School, Memphis, Tennessee

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

This morning several students were fighting on the first floor of Hamilton High. One of these fighting students was James Carr (also known as James Perry).  Carlos Jackson, 17, intervened in the fighting group in an attempt to restore order.  James, 16, brought on pandemonium when he pulled out a handgun and fired a shot at Carlos.  The bullet lodged in the bottom of classroom door and no one was injured. The sound of the gunfire sent students running for cover.  James fled the scene during the pandemonium, but the high-quality video surveillance camera recorded the entire event and it allowed the police to pick up James the next day.  He was charged  with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.

Source: (Memphis) Commercial Appeal - Shots Ring Out at Hamilton High; (Memphis) Commercial Appeal - Hamilton High Student Charged in Shooting

Westernport Secondary (School) College, Hasting, Australia

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

School violence travels down under again this month with another stabbing between feuding teens.  However, this time, the participants are both female.  With an ongoing schoolyard row between a 16-year-old student and a 14-year-old student, a violent ending wasn't too far away.  Today, the two female teens fought until the younger girl stabbed her opponent twice in the shoulder, about 9:15 a.m. (Australian time).  The wounded teen was taken to Frankston Hospital for treatment while the younger girl, from Crib Point, was charged with intentionally causing serious injury and other assault offences.  Hastings is south of Melbourne.

Source: The Australian - Girl Charged Over School Stabbing

An Elementary School in Espanola, New Mexico

Thursday, August 26, 2004

(Webmaster's note: Normally I wouldn't report this next instance of school violence, for it is extremely rare that this simple act of violence receives this much police attention.  If I charted these acts of school violence by weapon, I believe this one would be the only one categorized under basketball.)

Today, an 8-year-old third grader hit one of his classmates with a basketball.  As a teacher tried to reprimand the youth, he raised his voice at the teacher. He was taken to the counselor's office where he was told to calm down and return to class or the police were going to be called.  He ran outside and continued crying loudly.  The boy's mother and the police were called to the school.  Two police officers arrived and gave the boy a choice: class or jail.  The boy got upset and cried all the louder.  So... the police officers arrested the 8-year-old for disorderly conduct (getting out of control and refusal to return to class), took him to the jailhouse, booked the youth and then released him to his parents.

Source: Dallas Morning News - Police Handcuff, Arrest Third-Grader

Palm Bay High School, Melbourne, Florida

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Also today, another duo of male students got into a fight that climaxed with a stabbing.  Christopher Anthony Taitt, 17 and an unnamed 17-year-old male began fighting outside the faculty lounge of Palm Bay High this afternoon around 5:30.  The fight itself was the climax of an unnamed incident that took place earlier in the week.  Both of the teens were on campus at that time for evening adult education classes.  Christopher stabbed his opponent in the stomach and chest before teachers and other students were able to separate the fighting teens.  Christopher fled the scene and tossed the knife into the woods behind the school.  The unnamed wounded student was taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center for treatment. The next day Christopher turned himself in and led police to the knife in the woods.  He was charged with aggravated battery and bringing a weapon to a school campus.

Source: Florida Today - Teen Stabbed, Police Seek Night-School Student; Florida Today - Teen Arrested in Stabbing at High School

A School in the Paktia Province of Afghanistan

Saturday, August 28, 2004

Ten people were killed today when an explosion tore through a school in southeastern Afghanistan.  It was unclear on Sunday if the explosion was the result of an accident at the school or an attack on the school. U.S. military forces evacuated several of the injured.

Source: BBC News - Blast at Afghan School Kills 10

Proviso East High School, Mayfield, Illinois

Monday, August 30, 2004

About 2:30 this afternoon, while waiting to pickup his brother, Jermen Ocegueda was standing outside his vehicle.  He began arguing with a man in a tan Buick.  The exchange of words escalated rather quickly and soon the other man was outside of his car and he pulled out a gun.  The men struggled and 22-year-old Jermen was shot once in the chest.  Gunshots were also fired into the air.  After the shooting, the man got back into his tan Buick and fled.  Friends took Jermen to Loyola University Medical Center where he died.

Source: Chicago Tribune - 1 Killed in Proviso East Lot; Chicago Tribune - Man Slain in Parking Lot at  High School Identified

Middle School No. 1, Beslan, North Ossetia, Russia

Wednesday through Friday, September 1 - 3, 2004

During the annual celebration to mark the beginning of the school year in Russia, 30 Chechen militants (men and women) took over Middle School No. 1 at 9:30 this morning.  Some of the militants had bomb belts strapped to them and all of them wore masks.  They forced the students, their parents and the teachers into the school's gym.  During the roundup, a dozen students and a teacher were able to flee from the school's boiler room.  Other students were also able to escape during the roundup.  The number of hostages swelled from 150 initially reported to over 1,200 during the three day siege.  As students fled, parents battled against the militants.  Police arrived and a gunfire broke out. A dozen people were killed with three teachers and two police being wounded. One of the dead was a father who struggled with the militants to protect his daughter. The militants lined up the students along the gym's window and said they would kill 50 students for every militant killed and kill 20 students for every militant wounded.  With their hostages secure in the school's gym, the militants had them tear up the floor boards where earlier in the summer the militants had hidden a cache of weapons. The militants laid trip wire throughout the school and placed two bombs in the basketball baskets in the gym.  These two bombs were wired to smaller bombs hanging above the floor. They also said they would blow up the school if the police stormed the building.  The Russian police force maintained a perimeter around the school and let the negotiations begin. Negotiations were spearheaded by pediatrician Lev Roshal, who worked with Chechen rebels during the Moscow movie theater hostage scene in 2002.  The militants refused food, water and medicine to be brought in during  the entire siege. This forced the hostages to drink their own urine after filtering it through their own, sweat-soaked clothing. On Thursday afternoon, the militants released 26 hostages.  On Friday morning chaos erupted.  The militants agreed to let emergency workers move in to remove the bodies of the dozen people killed on Wednesday.  As they moved in, one of the bombs in the basketball basket fell to the floor and detonated.  This caused a chain reaction of the bombs attached to it and the collapsed the gym roof, crushing many of the hostages to death.  As the roof came down, other hostages began to flee.  At this point, the hostages were dehydrated, nearly naked (for the gym was stifling hot with the number of people pack into it) and bleeding from wounds.  As they were fleeing, the militants began firing on them.  The Russian police returned fire and eventually stormed the battered school to bring the siege to an end.  During the pandemonium on the ground of students, parents, teachers, police and militants running all over the place, thirteen of the militants are able to flee the scene and head south where they took refuge in a nearby house.  The house is quickly surrounded by special forces and all the militants, nine of which are from Arab descent, are wiped out.  Three other militants retreated to the school's basement and held police at bay until Friday evening. The siege of Middle School No. 1 comes to a tragic end with 27 militants confirmed dead by the end of the day.  Once again, police miscalculated the number of dead and wounded; initially stating that only 100 people had been killed and up 250 wounded.  These numbers swelled to 335 dead (plus the 31 militants) and 704 wounded, making this the deadliest act of school violence that I have on record. For statistical purposes, I am putting this on Friday, September 3, 2004 as that is the day most of violence happened.  On Tuesday, June 21, 2005, the Supreme Court of North Ossetia began to hear testimony against the only surviving militant, 24-year-old Nurpashi Kulayev.  Several Survivors and relatives of those who died lined up to give testimony against Nurpashi.  On Friday, May 26, 2006, Nurpashi was sentenced to life in prison by Judge Tamerlan Aguzarov.  He would have received the death penalty, but currently there is a moratorium on capital punishment in Russia.  On Tuesday, July 31, 2007, the Beslan Mothers' Committee asked for more answers after they were anonymously mailed a grainy video of the end of the siege.  The video shows a figure on the roof of a building opposite the gym.  Two explosions are heard and billowing smoke appears from the side of the building. Gunfire erupts on all sides at that point.  Later in the video, two bomb-disposal engineers are shown discussing a hole in the wall of the gymnasium.  One of the engineers tells the other that the hole was produced from the outside of the building and did not come from inside the gymnasium.  One would hope that the Duma, Russia's parliament would reopen the case with this new evidence.


Source: BBC News - Attackers Storm Russian School; BBC News - Russian Pupils Held In Armed Siege; BBC News - Group Released From Siege School; BBC News - Battle Erupts at Russian School; BBC News - High Death Toll in Russia Siege; BBC News - Agony as School Death Toll Rises; BBC News - Mass Funerals While Russia Mourns; Yahoo News - Stunned Russians Observe Day of Mourning; ITAR-TASS News Agency - 704, Including 259 Children, Hospitalized After Beslan Tragedy; ITAR-TASS News Agency - Russian Special Forces Kill 27 Terrorists in Beslan; Kommersant - Beslan Victims Name Guilty; Middle East Times - The 'Accidental Terrorist' of Beslan Massacre Gets Life in Jail; Globe and Mail - Beslan School Attacker Jailed for Life; Times Online - 'Botched Raid Led to Beslan Deaths'

Three excellent web sites about the siege at Beslan Middle School No. 1 include:

 Hope for Beslan - Personal stories from those who died and the Survivors

Mothers of Beslan - The mothers of the Angels of Beslan who are fighting the Russian government for a complete and thorough investigation of the siege of Beslan Middle School No. 1

Tragedy in Beslan - From the Survivors in Beslan.  Site is in Russian, but it does have the option for English and German.  However, not all pages are translated

Newlands East Secondary School, Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Thursday, September 2, 2004

Vusi Mhlongo, 35, came to Newlands East Secondary School to talk to his ex-girlfriend, 31-year-old teacher Dorris Sangweni.  He asked for directions to her classroom and went there.  He asked her to come talk to him in the hall.  When Dorris joined Vusi in the hall, he shot her in the head and killed her.  After her body had collapsed to the floor, he shot her again.  He then fired a third bullet into his head and committed suicide. No motive or reason was give in the news story for this murder-suicide.

Source: - Help Us Stop School Killings, Begs Cronje

Kiona-Benton City Middle School, Benton City, Washington

Saturday, September 4, 2004

With the news of the Beslan school siege dominating the news, school violence in America marches on.  This evening, sixth-grade physical education teacher King Robert "Bob" Mars told friends he was going by the school to drop off a video tape of the school's first football game.  While he was in the school, around 11:30 p.m., he was confronted by two boys, 16-year-old Robert A. Suarez and 14-year-old Jordan E. Castillo.  They had been dropped earlier by Robert Suarez's grandmother who believed the boys had a ride back home.  They didn't, but their plane was "to stick somebody up for their vehicle."  They approached Bob when he got out of his Toyota Tacoma at the school.  They asked him for .50 cents to use the phone to call someone.  Bob didn't have any money on him, but he offered to let the boys use the phone in his classroom.  The trio went into the school and Robert Suarez called his 16-year-old girlfriend Angelica Ayala for a ride home. Angelica didn't have a car or driver's license and mother wouldn't let her leave this late hour anyway.  As the trio left the room, Jordan stabbed Bob, 44,  in the stomach.  As Bob lay dying in the hallway, the boys ransacked his truck and called another friend about midnight for a ride home.  Police got a break in this case as the two teens had earlier in the night attempted to rob another teen in the school's parking lot.  Robert Suarez was being held with probable cause of second-degree theft while Jordan was arrested for third-degree burglary charge from the earlier robbery attempt.  There was no signs of forced entry into the school, nor was there any signs that Bob had struggled with his attackers. On Friday, March 11, 2005, Robert Suarez was found guilty of first-degree murder. Two weeks later, Robert Suarez was sentenced to 26 years and 8 months in prison for planning the robbery.

Source: The Seattle Times - Teens Arrested, May Be Tied to Coach Slaying; Tri-City Herald - Widow of Slain Coach Testifies; KOMO Channel 4 - Teen Convicted of Killing Benton Football Coach; Tri-City Herald - Suarez Receives Maximum Term

Westminster City (High) School for Boys, Central London, England

Tuesday, September 7, 2004

At the end of the second day of the new school year, a 28-year-old French teacher was sitting at her desk marking books when she became aware of her classroom door swinging open.  She didn't look up and soon felt a strong arm around her neck.  At first she thought it was a student playing a joke on her, but the grip tightened as she was pulled out of her chair.  Her assailant, 15-year-old Dwayne Best, told her to be quiet as he easily dragged her across the classroom.  He applied more force to her windpipe and she began to breathe through her nose.  She still had hold of her pen, and she used it to stab Dwayne before dropping it to the floor.  He began to sexually assault her and threatened to kill her.  As she tried to push him away, he grabbed her waistband and ripped her trousers from her with one movement.  When she tried to resist, he head-butted her. The sexual assault became a rape that latest 12 minutes.  She had a very strong presence of mind to retain fluids from the boy in her mouth.  He finally fled the room, but closed-circuit television caught him on tape as he fled the building.  The teacher, with blood pouring out of her nose and down her back, ran downstairs to the school's office, where they could hardly recognize her with all the blood on her face.  She was taken to the medical room and given a paper cup, where she deposited the fluids.  She was taken to the hospital and treated for her physical wounds.  The mental ones still linger.  Dwayne was arrested on Wednesday and tried to explain that the blood on his trousers was from an attack on him at a south-east London train station.  He had turned 16 by the time his trial came up in the spring of 2005.  The fluids the teacher had spat into the cup was used to help police identify him by DNA.  During his trial at the Old Bailey on Tuesday, May 3, 2005, he plead guilty to the rape.  He was to be sentenced on Friday, June 17, 2005, but a judge delayed the hearing until the end of the month.  Dwayne was not in any of her classes and the closed circuit television showed him wandering around the school looking into classrooms before making the attack.  Initially, because of the boy's age, his name was not released.  Also, to protect the teacher's identity, the name of the school was not released.  However, by the time of Dwayne's trial in May, the name of school had been released.  Also at that time, the teacher had not yet returned to work.  Detective Chief Inspector Andy Rowell, of Operation Sapphire, New Scotland Yard's sex-crime investigation unit, said this of the teacher, "The victim in this matter has shown immense courage and bravery throughout the ordeal and during the police investigation.  She now wishes to embark upon a period of rebuilding her life."  On Monday, July 4, 2005, Dwayne was sentenced to life in prison by Judge Christopher Moss.  However, he would be eligible for parole in four and a half years and would not be released until doctors were convinced that he is no longer a threat to society.  On Tuesday, July 12, 2005, Judge Moss lifted the ban of using Dwayne's name saying in part, "... so the public may know who it was who perpetrated this dreadful crime."

Source: Gulf Times - Court Hears of Teacher's Rape Ordeal; The Independent - Schoolboy, 16, Pleads Guilty to Raping Teacher; Daily Record - Boy Rapist Pounced on Teacher; The Sun Newspaper - Pupil Admits Teacher Rape; Reuters UK - Sentence Deferred on Schoolboy Rapist; The Guardian Unlimited - Boy who Raped Teacher in Classroom is Jailed for Life; Life Style Extra - Pupil Who Raped Teacher is Named

A Day Care Center in Suzhou City, Jiangsu, China

Saturday, September 11, 2004

As usual, migrant workers from rural areas who work on weekends, sent their children to the day care center on Number 13 Baiyun Street today.  At 10:40 a.m., Yang Guozhu, 41, broke into the day care center armed with a knife, some gasoline and home-made explosives.  He slashed 28 children and was about to light up the  explosives with the gasoline when the police arrived and stopped him.  The children were rushed to Suzhou Number 2 People's Hospital, Suzhou Children's Hospital and the People's Hospital of Wuzhong District for emergency treatment.  All of the wounded students survived.

Source: - 28 Kids Injured in Day-Care Center Attack in Suzhou

A High School in Corona Del Mar, California

Monday, September 13, 2004

Late this morning, in one of the school’s restrooms, a male high school student was stabbed by one of his classmates.  The boy received a 3-inch cut on his cheek.

 Source: National School Safety and Security Services web site

Tiloch Shibbati (Elementary School), Adamdighi, Bogra, Bangladesh

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

The frustration of his students not learning Islamic religious verses got to teacher Abdul Mazid Sardar today when he pulled out a pair of scissors to scare them and impose class discipline.  He said "an evil force mounted on me" and he started snipping the ears of his students, all between the ages of six and nine.  Other staff members at the school heard the children's cries and they rushed in to stop Abdul from injuring anymore than he already had, 17.  Parents and relatives attacked Abdul, "who has now been sacked."  The school was created six months ago and only has 40 students with two teachers, Abdul and principal Abdul Mannan.  Abdul Mazid was taken into police custody and officially arrested on Thursday.

Source: BBC News - Teacher 'Snips Students' Ears'; The Daily Star - Madrasa Teacher Held for Cutting Ear Lobes of 17 Students

Westside High School, Memphis, Tennessee

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Eighth-grader Tarus Williams wanted to join the G-Unit, a local gang who took their name from rapper 50 Cent's stable of performers.  The G-Unit offered Tarus a choice between taking a beating, or fight one of the established members of the gang to prove himself.  Tarus,15, chose to fight Tyrus Strong, 13, in the school's second floor restroom this morning.  During the fight, Tarus collapsed and was rushed to Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center where he died a short time later.  The police questioned Tyrus, and five other G-Unit members who were present during the fight.  Tyrus said Tarus hit his head on a toilet and he went to help him up.  As the boys left the restroom, Tarus collapsed and that is when faculty members found Tarus and called 911.  However, the medical examiner tells a different story, one that has Tarus' heart ventricular wall bursting from a massive direct blow to his chest. The medical examiner said that  hitting one's head on a toilet would in no way lead to the ventricular wall bursting.  Police arrested Tyrus, Artavis Branch, 13, Dammion Farmer, 13, Jeremy Henderson, 15, Mack Lewis, 15 and Antonio Taylor, 14 in the death of Tarus Williams.  For statistical purposes, I am only naming Tyrus Strong, 13, as the instigator in this school violence death.

Source: (Memphis) Commercial Appeal - A Tragic Day; (Memphis) Commercial Appeal - 6 Charged in Gang Initiation Fight

Wirt High School, Gary, Indiana

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

During a fight this afternoon in the commons are near the gymnasium, one student pulled a .380 caliber Hi Point semiautomatic handgun from his waistband and fired it into the ceiling.  No one was injured, but it quickly changed the anxiety levels of all those who heard the gunfire.  Police were able to identify the student as 16-year-old Patrick Moore from the school's surveillance tape. For confirmation that it was Patrick on the tape, they asked Patrick's mother to come in and view the tape the next day.  She did, and then left the building with Patrick and by Friday his whereabouts were still unknown.  The school does have metal detectors on the main doors, but it is not uncommon for side doors by the lunch room to be opened during lunch, which is when police believe the gun entered the building.

Source: (Northwest Indiana) Post Tribune - Teens Face Charges for Gun Discharge

Number 1 Experimental Primary School, Juxian County, Shandong Province, China

Monday, September 20, 2004

Jia Qingyou and one of his neighbors surnamed Shen were involved in a long, drawn fight.  Jia wanted revenge on Shen for an unknown reason.  After dropping off his daughter at her school shortly after 7:00 this morning, Jia began seeking Shen out.  When Jia couldn't find Shen, he lashed out at the children in the school with a kitchen knife.  He cut 25 children on their arms and faces in his rage, but they all survived.  He took a 9-year-old girl hostage and held her for an hour before police were able to capture him and rescue the little girl. On Wednesday, November 24, 2004, the 36-year-old was executed for this crime, which the courts had said been "especially cruel."

Source: - Shandong Man Attacks School Kids With Knife; Dallas Morning News - World Briefs (for 11-25-04)

Esinyambothi Primary School, Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Skumbuzo Dludla called the principal of Esinyambothi out of a class to talk to him.  Skumbuzo, 40, did more than just talk when he pulled out a gun and killed Elliot Mthembu.  A weekend later, police arrested Skumbuzo and linked him to shooting, but had not established a motive.

Source: - Teachers Want Armed Guards at Schools; Provincial Government Communication Press Statement - KZN Cabinet Gets Tough on School Violence

Schenley High School, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

This morning, a 16-year-old male student from South Oakland arrived late at Schenley High School.  School officials close the main doors of the school, which have metal detectors, at 7:48 a.m.  This forced the freshman to enter the school from a side door near the cafeteria, where students are checked with metal detecting wands.  Apparently, there must have been several late students because the batteries in the wand had died when it came time to check the freshman, who had a 3-inch steak knife strapped to his leg.  He continued his normal routine until a special education student from the Hill District crossed his path.  The two teens argued for a few minutes until the young instigator pulled the knife from his leg and slashed his 17-year-old Hill District rival across the arm.  This occurred at 8:20 a.m.  The young instigator was arrested by public school police while the older, and wounded, teen was treated at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Schneley Student Slashed After Dispute

A High School in Humble, Texas

Monday, September 27, 2004

During an altercation between two female students, one of them, a senior, slashed the throat of her opponent, a junior.  The wound was called a "superficial cut" by school officials.  The senior was taken into custody after a brief scuffle as she attempted to resist arrest.

Source: National School Safety and Security Services web site

Romeo High School, Bruce Township, Michigan

Monday, September 27, 2004

Nicole Lambert and Eric Schorling dated for almost a year before breaking up over the summer.  During their time together, violence crept in when Eric slapped Nicole outside of a Dairy Queen.  Their parents sat down together shortly thereafter and believed they had worked everything out.  16-year-old Eric had different plans.  He told his friends that he was going to stab Nicole. He even showed a couple of them the 8-inch kitchen knife earlier in the day after he slipped into Romeo High.  Eric is a former student of Romeo, and now attends Enterprise High School.  Authorities believed he slipped in with other students as just another face in the crowd.  Nicole, 16, was standing near the library when Eric came upon her from behind and stabbed her.  The knife just missed her lung and aorta.  He fled the scene and she walked more than 100 feet into history teacher Dave Robertson's classroom where he called 911.  The police found Eric hiding in a culvert in a field over a mile away and charged him with assault with intent to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon and carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent.  On Tuesday, May 17, 2005, Eric pleaded guilty to assault with intent to murder, carrying a concealed weapon and carrying a weapon with unlawful intent.  The assault with a dangerous weapon charge was dropped.  Just days later, he escaped from the juvenile detention center that was holding him.  He spread the word quickly that he was going to find Nicole again and finish the job.   He didn't get the second chance as police found him hours after he escaped.  Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Peter Maceroni set aside Eric's guilty plea and set a new trial date of October 25, 2005.  Before the escape, Eric was facing a minimum of 6 years and nine months.  Now the minimum is up to ten years.  After four days of testimony, a Macomb County jury took almost three hours to convict Eric of assault with intent to murder.  On Friday, December 17, 2005, Eric was sentenced to 10-15 years in an adult prison for stabbing Nicole in the back.  On Thursday, May 18, 2006, ABC's Primetime did a 10-minute news story on this act of school violence.

Source: Detroit Free Press - Teen's Stabbing at School Followed Threats; WOOD Channel 9 - 16-Year-Old Pleads Guilty to Knifing Ex-girlfriend at Romeo High; Detroit Free Press - Judge Sets Aside Teen's Guilty Plea in Knifing at Romeo High; The Detroit News - Romeo Teen Convicted in Stabbing of Ex-Girlfriend at School; WLNS Channel 6 - Student Gets 15 Years for Stabbing; ABC News - When Young Love Turns Dangerous

Islas Malvinas Middle School No. 2, Carmen de Patagones, Argentina

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

In one of the safest countries in South America, school violence erupted again like it has so many times in the USA. This morning, after the school assembled to observe the hoisting of the flag, a daily occurrence, a 15-year-old boy told a school employee that "Today is going to be a good day."  The boy, named Rafael S. and nicknamed "Junior" by his friends, was wearing black pants, black sneakers, a black t-shirt and a green 'military' vest.  He followed his classmates into their classroom, pulled out a Browning 9mm pistol from under his clothes and opened fire.  (Thomas Hamilton, the instigator in the Dunblane, Scotland school shooting in March 1996, also used a Browning 9mm pistol.) The teacher had not yet arrived and he said nothing prior to pulling the gun.  Rafael's first shots went into the wall and the students cowered under their desks.  As a few of them tried to talk to him, he turned the gun on the students and continued to fire. Two girls and a boy (ranging in age from 14 to 16) were killed from the flying bullets.  Five other students were wounded from the 13 rounds in his clip.  Rodrigo Torres was shot three times in the thorax and Pablo Saldías was seriously wounded. Nicholas Leonardi, Natalia Solomon and Cynthia Casasola were also wounded.  He left the room and reloaded, but the gun jammed.  While he was trying to clear the jam, another student jumped him and ended his eight minute rampage.  Rafael is the son of a sergeant major of the Naval Prefecture and it is believed he used his father's gun in this attack. Police detained him without incident in the school yard.  He was in shock and unable to speak.  Even after he was transferred to a juvenile court in Bahia Blanca, Rafael was still unable to communicate.  Police were not able to determine Rafael's motive for this act of school violence. Carmen de Patagones is about 610 miles south of Buenos Aires.


Evangelina Miranda Sandra Núñez Federico Ponce


Cynthia Casasola  Nicholas Leonardi Pablo Saldías 
Natalia Solomon Rodrigo Torres

Source: ABC News - Four Killed in Argentina School Shooting; Buenos Aires Herald - School Rampage Grips Nation; Visitor to this web site

Charlotte Amalie High School, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Around noon today two boys at CAHS got into a fight.  They were taken to the principal's office for punishment.  While in the office, one of them, a 15-year-old boy, took the scissors out of the desk and stabbed his classmate in the shoulder.  The scissors did not have a pointed edge and were dull.  The injured boy suffered an abrasion, a bite mark and a bruised lip.  The instigator was arrested and charged with third-degree assault.

Source: The Virgin Islands Daily News - CAHS Student Stabs Classmate with Scissors

Athens Drive High School, Raleigh, North Carolina

Thursday, September 30, 2004

Around 11:00 this morning, two male students began fighting just off campus.  The fight, between 18-year-old Paul Thomas Foster and 16-year-old Derrick Rashad Daniels, quickly moved on campus and violent when Derrick stabbed Paul in the abdomen.  Paul was taken to WakeMed for treatment of the non-life threatening injury and Derrick was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

Source: News 14 - Student Stabbed Near Raleigh School; WRAL - Police Arrest Student After Stabbing Near Raleigh's Athens Drive H.S.

Olchfa Comprehensive (High) School, Sketty, Swansea, Wales

Friday, October 1, 2004

Four boys managed to smuggle two air rifles into their school in this coastal town of Wales today.  The boys, ages 13 and 14, fired the guns at another boy, hitting him in the head and lower back  A teacher found out about the shooting and called the police.  Although the pellets didn't penetrate the skin, the boy who was the target was suffering from shock. The four boys were suspended.

Source: BBC News - Pupils Suspended Over Airgun Attack

Jefferson Elementary School, Grand Island, Nebraska

Saturday, October 2, 2004

Raxavier Menyweather and two of his friends started calling women they knew from their cell phone numbers.  One of the women they reached was Kenneth Beck's girlfriend.  Raxavier, 21, and Kenneth, 20, talked several times on the phone to settle their differences.  They finally agreed to a face-to-face confrontation on the playground of Jefferson Elementary School this morning.  Raxavier brought his two friends, Kenneth brought a gun along with him.  During the exchange of words, Kenneth pulled out the handgun and shot three times.  One of the bullets hit Raxavier in the face, just below his left eye.  Raxavier survived this shooting and now has a blind spot in his eye.  Kenneth admitted to the police that he shot Raxavier and that he was on methamphetamines at the time. Police, and a judge, didn't buy that excuse.  Kenneth was sentenced to 15-20 years in prison for first-degree assault, 30 to 50 years for using a gun to commit a felony and 18 to 24 months for assault by a confined person for an unrelated July 13 incident.

Source: Grand Island Independent - Man Sentenced to 45 Years for Shooting at Jefferson School

Newburyport High School, Newburyport, Massachusetts

Thursday, October 7, 2004

Late this evening, Adymn Calcagni went to his former girlfriend's home with a sawed-off shotgun.  The police report didn't state whether the gun was visible or not as Adymn spoke to her parents.  They refused to let him inside.  The 15-year-old sophomore fired two shots into the air and continued walking into the night.  The parents called police and a search of the surrounding neighborhood began.  Adymn walked to his high school campus and fired two more shots into the night. Around 11:00 p.m., he then walked up to the steps of his school and shot himself to death.  His stepfather, who had joined in the search for him, found him laying on the steps on his back with the gun on his chest.  The shotgun was licensed to the family for hunting, but it is believed that Adymn sawed off the barrel before leaving his home for the final time.

Source: The Daily News - Students Grieve for a Friend

Lakewood Elementary School, Sunnyvale, California

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Two 25-year-old males, Carlos Walker and Christopher Herrador, went to Lakewood this evening with several other people to settle a domestic dispute between one of them and a woman.  One of the men was dating the woman.  During the dispute, guns were drawn and fired, leaving Carlos and Christopher dead.

Source: NBC 11 - Sunnyvale Shooting Victim in Stable Condition

Ville Platte High School, Ville Platte, Louisiana

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

This morning as students were arriving for the start of school, a fight broke out between three boys.  Clifton Wilson, 17, Shandrecus Wilson, also 17 and no relation and an unnamed 15-year-old male student were arguing on the east side of the front campus around 7:45 a.m.  At one point, the 15-year-old turned and began to walk away from the fight.  He quickly turned around with a 3-inch lock blade knife and cut Clifton across his torso.  Clifton was transported to Ville Platte Medical Center for treatment and was arrested after his release with disturbing the peace by fighting. Shandrecus Wilson also received that charged and both boys were free on $500 property bonds that evening.  The 15-year-old juvenile was charged with disturbing the peace by fighting, carrying a dangerous weapon by a student on school property and aggravated assault.  He was arrested and released to his mother pending court appearance.

Source: The Opelousas Daily World - Knifing Ends in Three Arrests

Biggs High School, Biggs, California

Friday, October 15, 2004

At 8:43 this evening, 19-year-old Johnny Rodriguez opened fire in a field behind the bleachers of the football field while Biggs High School played Mercy High School from Red Bluff, California.  A 17-year-old was injured severely enough to be transported to Enloe Hospital via helicopter.  Johnny fled the scene in his white truck with his lights off.  The game was delayed while the helicopter was on the scene and then resumed afterwards.  Johnny is a known Sureo gang member and was arrested at 10:50 that evening.  He was charged with assault with a firearm, possession of a firearm during a street gang crimes and participating in street gang activity.  The teenager Johnny shot is a member of the Norteo gang.

Source: Oroville Mercury-Register - Shooting At Football Game; Oroville Mercury-Register - Biggs High Reacts to Shooting; Oroville Mercury-Register - Arrest Made in Biggs Shooting

Lantrip Elementary School, Houston, Texas

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Houston Independent School District police officer Richard McColister responded to an alarm at Lantrip Elementary School around 1:45 this morning.  He spotted 19-year-old Roy Rodriguez prying opening a vending machine in an outdoor courtyard and ordered him not to move.  Roy didn't listen as he reached inside his pants and told Richard that he was going to shoot him.  Richard, 40, fired his service revolver, striking Roy in the chest.  Roy attempted to flee, but collapsed to the ground.  The teenager was searched for a weapon, but only a screwdriver was found.  Roy died from the gunshot wound.  Richard is a 10-year veteran of the force.

Source: Houston Chronicle - HISD Officer Kills Man; Source: Houston Chronicle - Suspect Shot by Officer ID'd; Houston Chronicle - Family Had High Hopes for Slain Teen

Dover High School, Dover, New Jersey

Monday, October 18, 2004

In one of the more unusual ways for a teenage boy to get attention from a teenage girl, two boys staged a stabbing this morning in one of the school's bathrooms. A 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy believed it would a great attention grabber for the younger boy to stab the older boy and impress the girl.  The two boys went into the bathroom around 7:20 a.m. and the younger boy used a small folding pocket knife to stab his friend in the lower left abdomen.  So far, their plan was going good, until they left the restroom and the wounded boy informed school officials he had been stabbed.   The school went into lockdown and parents rushed to the school to pick up their students as the word spread of a stabbing at Dover High.  There was a lot of panic involved at first, which quickly turned to anger as to why these two boys would stage such a ploy. The younger boy was charged with aggravated assault and sent to the Morris County Juvenile Detention Center. At the time of this news story, the wounded teen had not been charged, but it was speculated that he could be at a later date in time.

Source: The Star-Ledger - School Stabbing Called a Ploy

Deerfield Beach High School, Deerfield Beach, Florida

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

The next day, there was another stabbing on school grounds.  This time, down in the sunshine state, north of Miami. In the back of classroom 131, Mr. Matthew Bishop's Critical Thinking class, one ninth-grade 15-year-old boy approached another ninth-grade 15-year-old boy.  Because of their age, the newspaper did not reveal the names of the two Pompano Beach boys.  It was about 11:30 a.m. when the two boys began to fight, over an alleged cell phone theft.  The instigator hit his classmate on the head, then pulled out an eight-inch long screwdriver and plunged it into his classmates body five times.  The screwdriver penetrated the boy's neck, back and chest.  He was airlifted to Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale and the instigator was charged with attempted murder and taken to the Juvenile Intervention Facility.

Source: Sun-Sentinel - Deerfield High Student Critically Injured in Stabbing Over Cell Phone

A High School in Richland Center, Wisconsin

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

 During a fight on the school’s grounds a student was stabbed by a 17-year-old male student.

 Source: National School Safety and Security Services web site

Tennyson High School, Hayward, California

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

During this afternoon's football practice, Clifford Diaz Torres and a friend were making fun of the players.  Clifford walked onto the field at 4:45 p.m. to continue his taunting, but a player told him to leave. The two began to argue and a fight was about to start when a 33-year-old coach intervened to try and defuse the situation. Clifford then verbally threaten the coach, saying, "I'll kill you, you better not call the police. I know your face. I'll come find you. You don't want to mess with Norteños." Norteños is the name of a gang. Clifford, 18, even demanded the coach give him his cell phone. When the coach refused, Clifford pulled a sharpened screwdriver from his pants pocket and tried to stab the coach.  The coach used a pair of shoulder pads to defend himself.  When Clifford saw that his fighting skills were lacking, he and his friend fled the scene, dropping a rum bottle in their wake.  The coach quickly dialed 911 on his cell phone to report the two juvenile delinquents. They were arrested 10 minutes later and charged with attempted robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats, resisting a police officer and dissuading a witness. 

Source: The Daily Review - Football Coach Fends Off Attacker

  Tyrrell Elementary School, Hayward, California

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Hours later, school violence hits the small town of Hayward again, this time at Tyrrell Elementary School.  Police received a call at 9:55 p.m. tonight stating a man had collapsed and was bleeding to death in the school's parking lot.  Officers quickly responded, but James Kenneth Wooldridge, 31, had already succumbed to his bullet wounds by the time they arrived. James was known to police officers as he had prior felony convictions for assault with a deadly weapon in San Mateo County and battery with great bodily injury in Hayward.  James also had served time in prison.  Last year, he was subpoenaed to testify in a gang-related shooting.  Police records said he had ties to gangs in the area, although James denied he was involved with the Norteños. No suspects were immediately evident in this homicide.

Source: The Daily Review - Man Shot Dead in Hayward School Lot

Beixin Kindergarten, Beijing, China

Thursday, October 21, 2004

In 2002, Fu Hegong killed two people with bricks and knives after they quarreled with him.  Earlier this year he stabbed a security guard to death during a robbery at an undisclosed location.  Today, the 31-year-old planned to sneak into and rob the Beixin Kindergarten in Beijing.  He was caught in the act and became a murderer once more.  He grabbed a quilt and smothered a teacher with it until she died.  Fu then picked up a fire extinguisher and killed a 5-year-old boy with it.  He stuffed the boy's body into a washing machine.  Eventually Fu was caught and convicted of murder, stealing, rape and molestation.  He was sentenced to death by Beijing's No. 2 Intermediate Court in early September 2005.  He was executed in Beijing on Tuesday, December 20, 2005. 

Source: - Two Killed in Beijing Kindergarten; The - China's 'Kindergarten Killer' Gets Death Sentence; China Daily - 'Kindergarten Killer' Executed for Murders

 A Middle School in Brooklyn, New York City, New York

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Today, two female students began fighting while at their school.  One of the school’s science teachers tried to break up the fight, but he was stabbed and received injuries to both his hands.  The teacher was 41-years-old at the time of this attack.

 Source: National School Safety and Security Services web site

Bruce-Weir Elementary School, Macon, Georgia

Thursday, October 21, 2004

This morning Lurella Amica went to her daughter’s school to deliver a note to her.  When 9-year-old Valentine Swarn told her mother that her teacher, Katrina Ann Rucker, threw her bag in the trash can, Lurella entered the classroom.  She intended to retrieve the bag, but Katrina beat her to it.  The two ladies struggled over possession of the bag until Lurilla was able to take possession of it.  As she turned back to her daughter, Katrina picked up a chair and knocked Lurilla to the floor with it.  Katrina, 30 and in her first few months with the district, began to pummel Lurella, striking blows on her face and body in general.  Valentine began to cry for her teacher to stop hitting her mother and rushed up to the fighting ladies to try and intervene.  Katrina hit Valentine, pulled her hair and pushed her out of the way before continuing to assault Lurella.  Katrina then dragged Lurella out into the hallway where a school administrator and another teacher was able to pull her off of Lurella.  Lurella was taken to The Medical Center of Central Georgia for treatment and Katrina as arrested and charged with battery and cruelty to children (as there was 19 fourth graders in the classroom at the time).

 Source: Macon Telegraph - Teacher Arrested After Parent Beaten In Front of Students

Celebration High School, Celebration, Florida

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Further along the eastern seaboard, another act of school violence pops up near the Everglades.  Three male students got into a fight this morning in their school’s courtyard, presumably over a girl, but the newspaper didn’t verify that point by the time it printed the story.  The combatants included 16-year-old David Batista, a friend of his and 15-year-old Angel Ruiz.  During the fight, Angel pulled out a 3-inch pocketknife.  The fist of David’s friend proved stronger as he knocked Angel to the ground.  David then picked up the knife and threw it at Angel.  The knife embedded itself  in its owner and created a half-inch cut requiring stitches. After his recovery, Angel was arrested on charges of possession of weapon on school property and aggravated assault.  David was arrested for aggravated battery.

Source: Orlando Sentinel - 2 Celebration Students Arrested in Fight; 1 Hurt

 Thurgood Marshall High School, Baltimore, Maryland

 Thursday, October 21, 2004

The fifth act of school violence for today happened in Baltimore with a 16-year-old shooting his classmates.  Earlier this semester Antonio Williamson transferred to Thurgood Marshall High School after being expelled from Lake Clifton / Eastern High School.  His lengthy juvenile record came with him, including an open warrant for running away while being supervised by the state Department of Juvenile Services.  Earlier this week, a friend of Lamar Taylor had been involved in a fight over a girl.  The friend, Lamar and several other students were expelled for the fracas.  Lamar wanted to pickup some of his belongings from the school, so he asked his brother, Terrell Scott, to accompany him. When they arrived at the school courtyard, three young men that Lamar didn't know approached the brothers and asked if he knew a guy named Bobby.  Bobby is Lamar's friend and was involved the fracas earlier this week.  Lamar said, "He's one of my friends." The trio then opened fire, striking Lamar in his hip and Terrell in the leg.  The two brothers fled the scene, but didn't get far.  They collapsed in the median of Moravia Road, where Lamar's girlfriend rushed to his side until the paramedics arrived.  Antonio was arrested and charged with two counts each of attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and several handgun offenses.


Terrell Scott, 19 Lamar Taylor, 15

Source: Baltimore Sun - Marshall Student, 16, Is Arrested in Shootings

A Secondary School in Shangluo City, Shaanxi Province, China

Wednesday, November 3, 2004

Xu Lin is an introvert, paranoid and believes that one of his roommates looks down on him.  He enrolled in school in September and shared a dorm room with five other boys.  He didn't socialize with them.  Guo Ruofei is one of Xu's roommates and often criticized him for littering the room.  Xu, 19, believe that Guo was looking down on him.  They quarreled often and had several physical fights.  Yesterday, they fought again.  By now, however, Xu wanted revenge.  He went out an purchased a dagger.  About 4 this morning, he stabbed Guo to death as he slept in his bunk.  The commotion awoke Yu Lei on the upper bunk.  Yu shouted to Xu, asking him what was going on.  Xu stabbed Yu to death.  By now his three remaining roommates were awake.  He threatened to kill them if they shouted at him.  He robbed them of 60 yuan (a mere $7.40), stole a bicycle and fled to his aunt's house.  He was arrested two days later.  On Thursday, September 29, 2005, Xu was executed by Chinese authorities for murdering Guo and Yu.

Source: Shanghai Daily - Student Slayer Executed

Ravensmead Senior Secondary School, Ravensmead, Western Cape, South Africa

Friday, November 5, 2004

This morning, 18-year-old Howard Collins found a gun on his way to school.  He picked it up and intended to give it to the police.  However, time got away from our young man and he went to school with the gun.  In one of the school's stairwells, he took out the gun and showed it to his friends, one of whom was 16-year-old Lee-Roy Samuels.  The gun went off and struck Lee-Roy in the head.  He was rushed to Tygerberg Hospital and declared brain dead.  He died on Saturday.  Howard turned himself into police after the shooting, which was reported as accidental.

Source: - Boy Brain Dead After School Shooting; - Students Traumatized After Classmate's Death

A High School in Brooklyn, New York City, New York

Friday, November 5, 2004

An unknown male assailant stabbed a 15-year-old male student in the neck in the school's gym today.  The instigator used a kitchen knife and fled the scene.

Source: National School Safety and Security Services web site

A Middle School in Baltimore, Maryland

Friday, November 5, 2004

Another 15-year-old student was also stabbed today, this time in Baltimore.  As she left a restroom just after 3:20 p.m., the young co-ed was stabbed in her thigh.  The report didn't state much more than that.

Source: National School Safety and Security Services web site

An Islamic School in Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Monday, November 8, 2004

On Tuesday, November 2, 2004, film-maker Theo van Gogh was shot and stabbed to death in Amsterdam.  Police found a letter on Theo's body signed by an unknown group that threaten to kill politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali for writing the script to Theo's Submission, a very controversial film that criticized the treatment of women under Islam. Over the next six days, mosques in Dutch cities were targeted by vandals and arsonists (who turned out not to be the brightest ones in the bunch as many of their fires failed to cause the desired amount of damage).  Early this morning, those thugs planted a "strong bomb or explosive" at an Islamic school in Eindhoven that detonated at 2:30 a.m.  The blast caused heavy damage as it destroyed doors and windows.  Nobody was in the school at the time of the blast.  Police investigated the bombing for links to Theo's killing.

Source: BBC News - Dutch Muslim School Hit By Bomb

Bedir Islamic Primary School, Uden, The Netherlands

Tuesday, November 9, 2004

The next day, the arsonists were at the top of their game as they torched an Islamic school in Uden, in southern Holland.  Graffiti was scrawled on the walls of the scorched building and no one was injured.  However, the building was severely damaged. On Wednesday, June 1, 2005, five minors were sentenced to detention and community service in a Dutch courtroom.  Of the five, three of them were responsible for torching the Bedir Islamic Primary School.  Their names were not released, but their ages were: 14, 15 and 16.

Source: BBC News - Dutch Islamic School Set Ablaze; International Herald Tribune - 5 Dutch Minors Sentenced

Booker T. Washington High School, New Orleans, Louisiana

Friday, November 12, 2004

New Orleans public schools security guard Tomeka Thomas noticed a 16-year-old male student smoking marijuana at noon today behind the school.  She approached him and he became belligerent and aggressive.  He pushed Tomeka away and reached under his shirt for a weapon.  Tomeka, 28, drew her .38-caliber revolver and shot the boy in the foot.  No weapon was found on the boy.

Source: The Times-Picayune - Shooting at School

A High School in Newburgh, New York

Friday, November 12, 2004

Also today, a female assistant principal was assaulted by a 16-year-old male student who, even though he was suspended, showed up on campus.  The boy punched her in her face and then tried to inflict bodily harm with a 10-inch butcher knife.  A school security officer was able to pull the boy away before he could stab the assistant principal.

Source: National School Safety and Security Services web site

An Elementary School in Gary, Indiana

Monday, November 15, 2004

This is the first act of school violence in a very active week.  While picking up her child from school this afternoon, a 28-year-old mother was wounded when two men in the area began shooting at each other.  The reported stated she wasn't a target of the two men, just happened to be in the right place at the wrong time.

Source: National School Safety and Security Services web site

Parker High School, Birmingham, Alabama

Monday, November 15, 2004

This evening after the basketball game with Ensley High School had wrapped up around 9:00, a female told a group of males that a man had slapped her across her face. They set out to teach the man a lesson.  She told the group of males that her attacker was 20-year-old Antwin Eavns.  As Antwin left the gym, the group of males drove by and shot him in the abdomen.  Antwin was taken to UAB Hospital for treatment.  Police arrested 20-year-old Obray Carter at the school and charged him with attempted murder.

Source: NBC 13 News - Man Shot at Birmingham High School; Birmingham News - Man Charged in Game Shooting; Visitor to this site

East Cobb Middle School, Marietta, Georgia

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Two 13-year-old girls baked up a cake today and served it to at least a dozen of their classmates.  Some of the ingredients in the cake included: bleach, clay, tabasco sauce and an expired prescription drug. The students who ate the cake began to vomit and suffer from headaches and diarrhea.  They were taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital where they were treated and released. The young girls were taken into custody, one arrested at the school and the other was arrested this evening.  They were held at the Cobb County Juvenile Detention Center  without bond.  One was charged with terrorists acts, 12 counts of aggravated assault with intent to commit murder and interference with government property.  The other girl was only charged with 12 counts of aggravated assault with intent to commit murder.  The girls will be charged as juveniles by Cobb County Juvenile Court Judge Steve Schuster.

Source: Marietta Daily Journal - Police: Girls Used Bleach, Glue in Recipe, Sickening 12 Students

Hempstead High School, Hempstead, New York

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Around 12:15 this afternoon, Olman Herrera was walking two blocks from the school when a red four-door sedan pulled up along side him.  Several people jumped out of the car and stabbed Olman twice in the chest before getting back in the car and fleeing the scene.  Olman staggered a few paces and collapsed at the corner of Linden Avenue and Peninsula Boulevard.  He was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Center and was pronounced dead just 40 minutes later.  His parents believe gang members killed their son.  Olman had been approached to join a gang and refused.  He was also wearing a light blue sweater, the color of a gang (presumably a different gang that had approached him to become a member).

Source: New York Times - 17-Year-Old Is Stabbed to Death While Leaving L. I. School

Battery Creek High School, Beaufort, South Carolina

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

This evening, Battery Creek High played Jasper County High in a basketball practice game.  Around 6:30 p.m., while the game was still in progress inside the school's gym, Daron Morgan and Terry Isaacs, both 20, were getting into an argument.  The climax to the argument came when Terry pulled out a small-caliber handgun and shot Daron twice in his left side.  Terry then ran through the crowd in the gym before fleeing the campus entirely. Daron was taken to the hospital for treatment. Police were still looking for Terry by the end of the week. Neither Daron nor Terry were students of Battery Creek High School.

Source: Island Packet - Man Shot Outside Battery Creek High Gym; Island Packet - Shooting Suspect Remains at Large

Apopka Memorial Middle School, Apopka, Florida

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

While inside one of the boy's restrooms, a 14-year-old fired his father's 9mm handgun.  The bullet ricocheted off the bathroom floor, tore through the wall and landed in the girl's restroom next door.  A girl was in the girl's restroom, but was not injured by the bullet.  The boy ran out of the bathroom and into class, the gun still in his possession.  Police arrested the boy and charged him with carrying a firearm on campus.

Source: Orlando Sentinel - Teen Fires Gun at School

Hazelwood Elementary-Middle School, Baltimore, Maryland

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Today two 14-year-old boys continued this unending string of school violence.  One was standing on a field outside of the school around 3:00 p.m. when the other attacked him for no apparent reason.  The instigator stabbed the boy, who didn't go to school at Hazelwood, four times in the back and once in the shoulder with a sharp instrument.  Police arrested the instigator near the scene and he is now face felony charges.  The wounded 14-year-old was taken to Hopkins Hospital where he was listed in good condition as evening approached.

Source: Baltimore Sun - Eighth-grader is Recovering After Stabbing Outside School

SCECGS Redlands (High) School, Cremorne, Sydney, Australia

Friday, November 19, 2004

On the playground at the exclusive co-educational school a 14-year-old boy with Asperger's syndrome stabbed a 13-year-old classmate four times in the back with a serrated-edge kitchen knife.  The wounded boy was transported to the hospital for his injuries while the attacker was charged with malicious wounding, maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm and having custody of a knife in a school.  Because he suffers from Asperger's syndrome, Magistrate Paul Mulroney dismissed all charges against him on February 2, 2005 as long as the boy continues to get medical treatment.  Asperger's syndrome is a form of autism.

Source: The Australian - Charges Dismissed Due to Mental Health

Strawberry Mansion High School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Monday, November 22, 2004

Desmond Keels, 15, and Jalil Speaks, 16 made a $50.00 bet last Friday.  The bet concerned the outcome of a rap contest.  Jalil lost the bet an apparently Desmond's patience was wearing thin.  Today, the young instigator shot and killed Jalil just outside Strawberry Mansion High School.  Desmond also wounded three other students while he fired his gun.  Desmond was charged with murder, possession of a weapon, three counts of aggravated assault and six counts of reckless endangerment.  His lawyer, Michael Coard, contests that Desmond committed no crime and would pursue that avenue of defense at a preliminary hearing on December 8, 2004. 

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer - Teen Murder Suspect Gives Up

Woodlawn High School, Baltimore, Maryland

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

This afternoon, 40-year-old Crystal Heckstall, her 18-year-old daughter Tracie Hollingsworth and her 18-year-old niece Sierra Williams all came to Woodlawn High to settle a dispute with a student.  They found the unnamed student in the cafeteria at 1:30 p.m. and a fight started. A police officer assigned to the school was able to break up the fight before it got out of hand and no one was injured.  However, other students seized the opportunity by starting two more fights while the police and school administrators were sorting out the first fight. These two fights were also broken up, and immediately afterwards, another student tried to rob his classmate outside of the building.  In all, Crystal, Tracie and Sierra were arrested and charged with two counts of assault and once count of trespassing on school property.  The would be robber was also charged.

Source: Baltimore Sun - Dispute Leads to Fights, Arrest of 3 Women at Woodlawn High

Pinewood Primary School, Drumchapel, Scotland

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Of this act of school violence, the Strathclyde Police said only that: "A 47-year-old woman was injured following an incident at the school."  The instigator is an 8-years-old and the teacher needed to transported to the hospital for her wounds.

Source: BBC News - Child Facing School Attack Probe

Valparaiso High School, Valparaiso, Indiana

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

On the last day of school before the Thanksgiving holiday, 15-year-old James Lewerke wrecks havoc on his classmates. In first period Spanish class, which starts at 8:00 a.m., the schedule for the day was to watch a video.  During the viewing, James pulled out a machete and a serrated knife and began stabbing his classmates.  He was able to slash five of his fellow students before fleeing the room.  Teachers followed and assistant principal George Gordon caught up to him in the hallway by the gymnasium.  George grabbed James's arm who then turned toward him, raising the knife.  George charged into James and tackled him in the hallway.  A total of eight students, including James, went to the hospital to treat the severe cuts with most of them being released later in the day.  James was taken into custody.  He was charged with six counts of aggravated battery and one count of criminal recklessness.

Source: CNN - Indiana High School Students Injured in Knife Attack; The Indianapolis Star - School Violence Around the World; WNDU Channel 16 - Accused Valparaiso Stabber in Court; ABC 7 Chicago - Hearing Will Decide Next Step for Valparaiso School Stabbing Suspect

Number 2 High School, Ruzhou, Henan Province, China

Thursday, November 25, 2004

While we in America were celebrating Thanksgiving, school violence marched on without skipping a beat.  A man broke into the dormitory of the school at 11:45 this evening and stabbed nine boys to death as they slept.  He also wounded four others, two of them seriously.  All of the boys, 16- and 17-years-old, who died were sleeping in the lower bunks and were in at least three separate dormitories. The man escaped and was still at large until his mother reported him to the police when he tried to commit suicide.  Police arrested 21-year-old Yan Yanming on Friday. On Tuesday, January 18, 2005, not even two months after the killings, Yan was executed in Pingdingshan City, in the Henan Province of China.

Source: BBC News - Eight Boys Killed at China School; BBC News - Man Held Over China School Deaths; - Killer of Nine Students Executed

Thornton Township High School, Harvey, Illinois

Monday, November 29, 2004

School violence book ended the Thanksgiving holiday with this stabbing, not all that far from Valparaiso.  A 14-year-old freshman boy had been bullied by a 17-year-old senior, also a boy, for over a month before the younger boy just couldn't take it anymore.  Today, as the two were walking into their reading classes, they exchanged words. The senior reportedly sucker punched the freshman and the young boy pulled out a three-inch pocket knife.  The freshman stabbed the senior in the abdomen. The wounded boy was taken to St. James Hospital in Olympia Fields and was in good condition by the next morning.  The young instigator was taken into custody but then later released to his mother.  Police wanted to talk to the bully before brining charges against the freshman.  The freshman had purchased the knife at a flea market at about the same time the bullying began.  Thornton Township High School has about 2,500 students and no metal detectors.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times - Police Say Bullied H. S. Freshman Stabbed Senior

Southwestern High School, Baltimore, Maryland

Monday, November 29, 2004

About 9:40 this morning, a fight between two 15-year-old boys and a 16-year-old boy broke out near the main office on the first floor.  Two of the boys were chasing the third in the hall just before third period when one of the boys (presumably the 16-year-old) suddenly pulled out a knife. He stabbed Edward Brown in his left hand and the other unidentified boy on his right arm.  Both of the wounded 15-year-olds were taken to the hospital and treated.  The 16-year-old boy was arrested. 

Source: Baltimore Sun - Two Boys, Both 15, Stabbed in Fight at Southwestern High School

Santa Cruz High School, Santa Cruz, California

Monday, November 29, 2004

For the first time in over a month, school violence hits the west coast.  Ironically, in the morning all three of the participants were in a conflict resolution session.  By mid-afternoon, they forgot what they had learned just a few hours earlier.  Around 3:15 this afternoon, on the south side of the school's Walnut Street entrance, a 13-year-old girl had gone to the school to meet a friend.  Another 13-year-old girl and a 14-year-old girl followed her there and the three girls began fighting over a boy.  None of the girls went to school at SCHS.  The fight was actually broken up by a bystander at one point.  But then the 13-year-old girl who had arrived first was stabbed three times in the back with either a broken bottle or knife by the other 13-year-old girl.  The 14-year-old girl struck the younger girl and pulled her hair. The wounded girl staggered to a nearby light post where help arrived.  She was taken to Dominican Hospital for treatment.  The instigators fled the scene and headed toward downtown Santa Cruz.  Police pursued their suspects and arrested them.  The 13-year-old stabber was placed into a group home and sentenced to 250 hours of community service.  The 14-year-old attacker was also sentenced to 250 hours of community service, but was released to her grandmother's care.

Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel - Teen Girl Stabbed at S. C. High; Santa Cruz Sentinel - Judge Releases Teen in High School Stabbing

Broadoak High School, Partington, Trafford, England

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Today, an argument between three boys in an annex building at the rear of the school ended with David Thomas Sandham, 15, being transported to Trafford General Hospital where he died 35 minutes later.  The two boys fighting with David, both 14 years-old, were arrested later in the day.  The news story didn't say what led to David's death, but it did say that no weapons were used in this fight.  Trafford is near Manchester.

Source: BBC News - Teenager Dies After School Fight

Peacemaker and Family Health Center (College), Hillbrow, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Wednesday, December 1, 2004

Two men and a woman entered the nursing academy today under the pretense of enrolling the woman in the school.  As the conversation drew out, one of trio pulled out a gun and demanded the money in the register.  Nursing student Thando Mncube intervened and was shot in the chest while Principal Bernard Mafora was shot in the face.  Both men died at the school.  Early Wednesday morning, police had arrested two men and two women for murder, armed robbery and for possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

Source: - Police Nab Four in Nursing School Shooting

Longview High School, Longview, Texas

Wednesday, December 1, 2004

In defiance of school rules, 17-year-old D'Joun Marquis Gardner wore a ball cap today.  Teacher Betty Lorenz told D'Joun to remove the cap, but he walked away from her.  Betty went after D'Joun in an attempt to remove the ball cap, but he pushed her to the floor.  While on the floor, she tried to trip and kick the undisciplined boy.  She got back on her feet and followed him trying to remove the ball cap.  D'Joun kept pushing her away and eventually got away from her.  He never removed the ball cap.  Betty sustained injuries to her ribs, wrist and shoulder contusions.  On Monday, September 12, 2005, D'Juan pleaded guilty to assaulting a public servant.  He was sentenced the following day to five years in prison.

Source: Longview News-Journal - Teen Gets 5 Years in Teacher Assault Case

Central Primary School, Mingcheng Township, Panshi, Jilin Province, China

Friday, December 3, 2004

After a week of peace in the most populated country in the world, school violence returns with over a dozen injuries.  Around 9:00 this morning, Liu Zhigang scaled the school's fence while carrying a kitchen knife.  He stabbed 12 first-graders and then cut his own throat before being restrained by school staff and police.  The 30-year-old stabbed five boys and seven girls.  Four of the children had serious injuries to their heads, backs and arms. Liu was rushed to the hospital.  Amazingly, police had seen Liu before, in 1994 when he stabbed an undisclosed amount of people during a fight provoked by a mental disease.  It wasn't until five days later that doctors were able to diagnose Liu with schizophrenia and melancholy during the attack.  Because of this condition, Liu can not be held responsible for the injuries.  The children were to be released from the hospital on Thursday, December 9, 2004.

Source: - Man Stabs 12 Pupils in NE China; - Man Assaulting Pupils Is Schizophrenic

Springfield Gardens High School, New York City, New York

Friday, December 3, 2004

At the end of the week, school violence was back on the east coast in the city that never sleeps.  In the school's locker room, four boys began fighting around 10:45 a.m.  It started with head-butting, then escalated to stabbing when Andrew Maxwell, 19, stabbed the youngest boy in the group, 15, in the shoulder.  The boy was in stable condition at Mary Immaculate Hospital while Andrew was charged with second-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon.  The two other combatants, Martain Miller, 18, and Gavin McFarlane, 19 were charged with second-degree assault.

Source: New York Post - HS Gym Rats Stab Queens Kid: Cops

West Mecklenburg High School, Charlotte, North Carolina

Tuesday, December 7, 2004

While American veterans remembered their lost brothers and sisters at Pearl Harbor, school violence made this day very memorable for a 15-year-old boy and his 14-year-old girlfriend.  The young couple was horsing around with a box cutter at an after school tutorial program when she cut him on his thigh.  He was rushed to Carolinas Medical Center for treatment.  Officials had not made anymore announcements by the time the brief was published.

Source: The Charlotte Observer - West Meck Student's Leg Slashed With Box Cutter

Uwchlan Hills Elementary School, Uwchlan, Pennsylvania

Wednesday, December 8, 2004

An incendiary device went off tonight sometime between 10:30 and 11 p.m. in a breezeway between the school and a modular addition.  There were two custodians present at the time of the blast who investigated the explosion, but not the breezeway for they had secured it earlier in the night, and found no sign of damage at the school.  However, in the morning another custodian noticed the damaged to the school and called police.  Shattered glass and damaged aluminum soffits abounded, but no structural damage was reported.  School officials sent the incoming children to Lionville Elementary School while the explosion was investigated further.  No body was injured and police do not believe this bomb is linked to the more than 20 bombs found in recent months in the area (Chester and Montgomery Counties).

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer - Explosion Cancels Classes at Uwchlan

Whitehaven High School, Memphis, Tennessee

Thursday, December 9, 2004

Today in Memphis, Brooke Duncan accused Dovae Brinson and Donita Mickens of approaching her in a threatening manner in front of the school office.  Brooke and Dovae already had a feud going before this.  Brooke pushed Dovae, and Dovae pulled out a pair of scissors at that point.  Dovae stabbed Brooke twice in the head.  Dovae dropped the scissors and Brooke picked them up to stab Donita on her hand.  All three girls are 14-years-old.  Brooke was taken to Regional Medical Center in Memphis and Donita was taken to Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center for treatment.  Dovae was charged with aggravated assault.

Source: Memphis Commercial Appeal - Two Girls Injured With Scissors in Fight at Whitehaven High School

Lakeside High School, Spokane, Washington

Thursday, December 9, 2004

Around 1:20 in the afternoon, in the school's entryway, 16-year-old Skyler Cullitan shot himself in the head.  He died this evening from the wound.  Police found a canister containing fireworks, shotgun shells and rifle cartridges in his backpack.

Source: National School Safety Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths; National School Safety and Security Services web site

Bramalea Secondary School, Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Friday, December 10, 2004

Riccardo Terzi, a student at Bramalea, backed his car into a parking space at 11:05 this morning.  Just north of his spot, he could see a man crouched down between the vehicles.  The man was 62-year-old Erhun Candir.  Minutes later, Aysegul Candir, a 47-year-old English-as-a-second-language teacher at Bramalea, pulled her Honda into a spot five spaces east of Riccardo's car.  He saw the man run to Aysegul's car and seconds later he heard a gunshot.  He heard a scream and then a second gunshot.  Then in his rear view mirror, he saw Erhun fleeing the scene.  Riccardo gave chase to Erhun, who had rounded the corner of the school.  When he turned the corner, Riccardo saw Erhun get into a 2005 Pontiac Montana minivan and drive away.  He called 911 on his cell phone and went to Aysegul's car.  The door was open and she was laying on the ground with a big puddle of blood underneath her head.  She had been shot in the head and hip.  Erhun killed his wife for an undisclosed reason.  Erhun was arrested at his home.  Police still have not released a motive for this shooting.  On Monday, April 2, 2007, a jury sentenced Erhun to life in prison for killing his wife.  The jury had deliberated for three days before reaching their decision. The murder weapon still has not been found.

Source: CBC News - Teacher Dies After Shooting at High School; Brampton Guardian - Student Saw Man at Murder Scene, Court Told; CTV Toronto - Husband Gets Life for Killing Teacher at School

La Grange High School, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Monday, December 13, 2004

When his day at school finishes at 12:30 p.m., the 18-year-old male senior student gets into his car and leaves the campus.  Today, as he left, a hooded and masked black male got into his car as well and shot him in the leg.  This occurred in the teacher's parking lot next to where constructions crews were working.  Police continue to investigate this shooting.

Source: National School Safety and Security Services web site

Cloverdale High School, Cloverdale, Indiana

Monday, December 13, 2004

Also today, a 16-year-old male freshman stabbed himself in the side when he fell on a knife he had in his backpack.  He was treated and released from a nearby hospital, suspended from school and could be expelled.

Source: National School Safety and Security Services web site

McKitrick Elementary School, North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

When two boys began fighting in school today, school administrators didn't think it would end in a shooting.  After the fight ended, one of the boys, who is seven, went home and got his pellet gun. He returned to the school and started firing as his classmates were leaving the building for recess.  Several students were shot at, including the young instigator's fighting companion.  Teachers were able to put a stop to the shooting and confiscated the rifle.  Police were called the boy was removed from the school. None of the students appeared to have injuries from the pellets and the police said this would have to be resolved by the school officials and social workers.  Canada's Youth Criminal Justice Act doesn't apply to children under 12 and using a pellet gun is not a firearms offense.

Source: CBC News - 7-Year-Old Who Fired Pellet Gun Facing Suspension

Richmond State (Middle) School, Richmond, Texas

Friday, December 31, 2004

Even on New Year's Eve, school violence doesn't take the day off.  The Richmond State School serves Texas's mentally retarded children and is located about 30 miles southwest of Houston.  About 6 p.m. tonight in the dining hall of the school, Bedah Amwoka, a male food service employee, told co-worker Dorian Randle that he would "give her what people like you should get."  He then opened fire and shot her in the arm, leg and back.  Bedah, 38, left the dining hall for an area near the school's chapel where he committed suicide.  None of the other 500 people on the 241-acre campus were targeted by the gunman.

Source: Dallas Morning News - School Employee Shoots Co-worker, Kills Himself; Dallas Morning News - State School Employee Critically Wounded in Attack

Montbello High School, Denver, Colorado

Tuesday, January 4, 2005

Four days into the new year and school violence strikes again, even in the snowy foothills of the Rockies.  This afternoon at 1:28 p.m. in the school's cafeteria, 17-year-old Contrell Townsend and one of his classmates began to argue.  The war of words escalated to a physical struggle and then climaxed when Contrell was stabbed to death by 16-year-old Marcus Richardson.  Marcus stabbed Contrell three times and the whole argument-to-stabbing time span was only 22 seconds.  Marcus fled the school as Contrell collapsed onto the floor where students and teachers tried to stem the flow of blood from his chest.  Contrell was transported to the hospital where he died.  Marcus's father turned his son into police and they arrested him at 3:45 p.m. on investigation of first-degree murder.  Both of the boys were juniors and had at least one class together.  Ten days later, Marcus was charged with second-degree murder and possession of a weapon on school grounds.

Source: Denver Post - Student Slain in Cafeteria; The Denver Channel - Teen Charged As Adult in High School Stabbing; Denver Post - Stabbing at Montbello Over in Seconds

East Side Cadet Academy (High School), San Jose, California

Wednesday, January 5, 2005

The next afternoon, at 12:50 p.m., a 15-year-old boy with ties to a San Jose gang, entered a classroom of East Side and challenged a 16-year-old classmate.  The young instigator didn't stop at yelling, he stabbed the older boy several times with a knife.  At the end of the attack, the instigator ran out and turned himself in to the principal while the injured youth went to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  Police booked the instigator on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

Source: San Jose Mercury News - Student Stabbed in Classroom

Murrell Dobbins Vocational-Technical High School, North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Wednesday, January 5, 2005

As classes were letting out for the day at 2:48 p.m., 18-year-old James Boone was shot in the head just a few feet from the school building.  Witnesses reported four males fleeing west along Lehigh Avenue after the shooting.  Police began to search for the foursome.  James was transported to Temple University Hospital and listed in critical condition. James dropped out of Simon Gratz High School, also in North Philadelphia, and the shooting is believed to be gang related.  James died the next day as police narrowed down their search to a male between the ages of 16 and 23.  By Thursday, January 13, the police had their man.  Kurtis Graves, 16, was arrested and charged with killing James Boone.  After his arrest, friends of Kurtis began to threaten the students who witnessed the shooting, however police said they will arrest anyone who tries to intimidate a witness.  On Tuesday, October 18, 2005, Kurtis pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and a weapons charge.  He was sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison.

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer - 18-Year-Old Man Shot Outside Dobbins High; Philadelphia Inquirer - Fatal Shooting New School Brings Probe; WPVI Channel 6 - Shoot Shooting Update; Centre Daily Times - News in Brief from Philadelphia

Parkway West Alternative Center for Education (High School), North Fayette, Pennsylvania

Friday, January 7, 2005

In a suspension-detention room at the school on the Old Steubenville Pike, a 16-year-old boy from Upper St. Clair stabbed a 17-year-old male classmate in the chest just after noon today.  After the stabbing, the instigator set the knife down on a desk and was detained by school personal until the police arrived.  The wounded boy was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Oakland and listed in stable condition.

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Student Stabbed at Alternative School

Benjamin Russell High School, Alex City, Alabama

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

For an unreported reason, a 14-year-old girl brings a knife to school today and stabs a 16-year-old male classmate in the thigh and cuts another classmate across the foot. She was suspended and faces assault charges.

Source: WSFA Channel 12 - Alex City Student Accused of Stabbing Other Students

Melville Elementary School, Melville, Louisiana

Thursday, January 13, 2005

A couple of sixth graders got into a fight this morning around 8:45. The fight climaxed when the female sixth grader stabbed the male sixth grader in the head with a pair of scissors.  The boy was treated at a hospital for his injuries.  Both students were released to their parents.

Source: KLFY Channel 10 - Melville School Fight

River City High School, West Sacramento, California

Friday, January 14, 2005

This afternoon, three carloads of gang members from south Sacramento pulled up to River City High School, grabbed a student by the name of Ivan and stabbed him.  One of the gang members said, "Remember me?" and then proceeded to stab Ivan four more times.  With Ivan at the time was his friend Billy Windsor.  The gang members beat up Billy and left the school.  Police believe this attack to be a case of mistaken identity as neither Ivan nor Billy have ties to any gangs. Ivan was transported to a local hospital and is expected to make a full recovery while Billy was back at school on Tuesday.

Source: News 10 - Student Stabbed at West Sacramento High School

Newport High School, Newport, Washington

Friday, January 14, 2005

After tonight's basketball game, four men ranging in age from 15 to 23, told an NHS student they were making a citizens arrest of him and ordered him out of his truck.  One of the attackers is an named 15-year-old from Spokane while the others are 17-year-old Jerry W. Clark,  19-year-old David Elmer and 23-year-old William Brogdon, none of whom attended the school.  The student  went back into the school and told his friends about what was happening outside.  Soon afterwards, 30 students went into the parking lot to stand up for their classmate.  The four men were quickly outnumbered and Jerry tried to even the fight by drawing a knife and using a broken bottle as a weapon.  Jerry injured two students with the broken bottle and then stabbed two more students.  Authorities were called in and they restored order, sent one of the wounded individuals to Sacred Heart Medical Center for treatment, the other three to Newport Community Hospital for their injuries and arrest the four attackers who had alcohol in their systems.  Charges ranged from rioting, attempted first degree robbery and second degree assault.  At the end of February 2005, Jerry pleaded guilty to two felony counts of second-degree assault.  When he did this, prosecutors charged him as a juvenile and not an adult.  He was sentenced in early March to 30-72 weeks in detention. The length Jerry's detention will be determined by the staff at Martin Hall Juvenile Detention Center and on his behavior. 

Source: KXLY Channel 4 - Students Injured in High School Stabbing; Bonner County Daily Bee - Teen Sentenced in Newport High Knife Attack.

Oak Ridge Elementary School, Sandwich, Massachusetts

Saturday, January 15, 2005

It's the weekend, and school violence marches on.  Today, Sandwich High School defeated Barnstable High School 88-86 in what was probably a very exciting basketball game.  During the game an adult with ties to Sandwich High made racial slurs to the Barnstable players.  After the game, students from both schools agreed to meet at Oak Ridge to continue the game in a more aggressive manor without the referees.  Oak Ridge Elementary is just down the road from Sandwich High School.  Over a dozen Barnstable students arrived to only half a dozen Sandwich students.  Shortly thereafter, a fight broke out. Sandwich basketball player Matt Payne was struck on the head with a liquor bottle by one Barnstable student.  17-year-old Matt was then stabbed in the chest.  Two more Sandwich students were injured: a female was punched in the face and another boy was stabbed in the arm.  Police arrived and those who could, fled the scene.  Matt was taken to Cape Cod Hospital and in stable condition Sunday night with a punctured lung.  Police were able to charge one of the Barnstable students with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (glass liquor bottle) and another Barnstable student with assault and battery (domestic, indicating a significant other was involved).  Both students are 16-years-old. Police also believe the racial slurs during the game is one of the factors that led to the meeting at Oak Ridge. Eight Barnstable basketball players were suspended for ten days while two Sandwich basketball players were suspended for three days and kicked off the team. A third Sandwich basketball player was also kicked off the team and banned from all school sports for the rest of the year.

Source: Boston Herald - Student Basketball Player Stabbed After High School Game; Town Online - Brawl Mars School Athletics; Cape Cod Times - Sandwich School Chief Suspends 3 Students

Passmore Elementary School, Alvin, Texas

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Another sixth grader joins my list when he shot himself in class today.  The boy brought his father's .22-caliber automatic pistol to school today and was playing with it while it was still in his pocket.  The gun fired and grazed the boy's leg.  A surprised substitute teacher in the language arts classroom asked her pupils, "What was that?" "That was my gun," the boy answered.  "I shot myself in the leg."  The wound was minor and he was treated at the school before being released to his parents.

Source: Houston Chronicle - Alvin Boy Shoots Himself in Leg

Addelita Cancryn Junior High School, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Friday, January 21, 2005

At 8:45 this morning, school monitors and faculty members noticed a group of boys fighting on school grounds.  When they approached the group of four, they saw that one had a bat and another had a hatchet.  They were pummeling an unnamed 13-year-old boy with the bat and hatchet on his head and neck.  Two of the instigators are 15 and the other two are 16.  As school personal broke up the fight, one younger boy and one older boy fled the campus.  One of the fleeing boys threw his black book bag onto the roof of a nearby building. The other two boys were arrested at the school.  The two boys who fled were later arrested in Western Cemetery.  Police found a small plastic bag of marijuana on the 15-year-old.  Witnesses told police about the book bag being thrown on the roof.  The police searched the roof, found the bag with the hatchet and a pad of paper with the boy's name on it.  The wounded boy had several lacerations on his head and may have a broken right hand.  A school nurse transported him to Schneider Hospital for treatment.  The instigators were charged with first-degree assault, disturbing the peace, delaying and obstructing police officers, resisting arrest and simple possession of marijuana.

Source: The Virgin Islands Daily News - Cancryn Student Beaten with Hatchet and Bat

California Sate University, Channel Islands, California

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Students were returning to CSU from Christmas break for the beginning of classes on Monday.  Early this morning (12:40 a.m.), in the Anacapa Village student housing complex, a 17-year-old male who was not a student at CSU began to struggle with somebody else.  A campus police officer arrived on the scene and the teenager tried to fight  him.  The campus police officer shot the boy in the stomach and had him transported to St. John's Regional Medical Center in Oxnard with minor injuries.  At the hospital, the boy was taken into custody for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon.   The report didn't say who the boy attacked, what his name is, or what type of weapon was used.

Source: Fresno Bee - News Briefs From Southern California

Green Valley High School, Henderson, Nevada

Monday, January 24, 2005

Social studies teacher Howard Wade Bycroft tried to commit suicide in his classroom this morning by stabbing himself in the stomach.  He was found by a colleague at 6:47 a.m. and rushed to University Medical Center in Las Vegas where he was listed in serious condition.  Howard, 34, was a very popular teacher, was HIV positive and was the advisor for GVHS's Gay, Straight, Lesbian Pride Alliance.  Howard's long-term personal relationship had recently ended and was living out of the classroom, with indications that administrators were planning on telling him soon that he no longer could live at the school. Howard did leave a suicide note.

Source: Las Vegas Sun - Teacher Stabs Self in Stomach Before Class at Nevada School; Las Vegas Sun - Students, Colleagues Shocked By Teacher's Suicide Attempt

Woodruff High School, Peoria, Illinois

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

As students were roaming the third floor hallway between first and second periods this morning, 15-year-old Deon Alexander fired three shots at another student that he knew.  The school immediately went into lockdown and stayed that way for three hours while police searched for Deon.  Deon left the school after discharging the gun and was arrested at a relative's house later today.  Deon was charged as an adult with aggravated discharge of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon and reckless discharge of a firearm.  In December he was convicted of unlawful discharge of a weapon and unlawful use of a weapon.  On February 16, 2006, Judge Jim Shadid sentenced Deon to 24 years in prison.

Source: - 15-Year-Old in Custody For School Shooting; WAND TV - School Shooting; - Daily Digest for January 31, 2005; CBS 2 Chicago - Teen Gets 24 Years in Peoria School Shooting

Brinkley Middle School, Jackson, Mississippi

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

In a hallway at Brinkley Middle School, 13-year-old Regina Reynolds slashed Georgia Spells, 14, on her lower leg with a knife.  Both girls were suspended from school while police investigated the slashing further.  Regina's mother said that her daughter was being bullied.

Source: The Clarion-Ledger - Students Out of School After Knife Incident

Sacred Heart of Jesus Elementary School, Highland Falls, New York

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Christopher Rhodes dropped off his 7-year-old daughter, Jerica, just after 8 a.m. this morning at this Catholic school in New York.  By 9:30, a school employee found Jerica dead in a school restroom with 16 stab wounds.  Christopher, 27, was grilled by police as they cordoned off the street that he lives on and searched his home.  The police were looking for clothing evidence and apparently Christopher was wearing a jacket when he dropped off Jerica, but was not wearing one when he was picked up hours later in Newburgh, ten miles away. Late in the night Christopher, the son of former village police chief Linwood Rhodes, was brought to the Middletown State Police barracks for further questioning.  One police source said Jerica died from "the most vicious fit of rage" he had ever seen. By the weekend, Christopher was arrested for killing Jerica and charged with second-degree murder.  Christopher believed that Jerica was his daughter, but DNA tests on her body proved he was not.  On Tuesday, November 7, 2005, Christopher was convicted of second-degree murder by an Orange County jury.  On Wednesday, January 11, 2006, almost a year after killing Jerica, Christopher Rhodes was sentenced to 31 years to life in prison by Judge Jeffrey Berry.

Source: New York Post - Girl, 7, Slain Inside School; New York Post - "Slay Dad" Bust; Times Herald-Record - Highland Falls Suspect Seeking Release on Bail; WNBC Channel 4 - Upstate Man Guilty of Killing Girl, 7, Who Considered Him Her Dad; 1010 WINS - 31 Years for Orange County Child Killer

Shawnee High School, Louisville, Kentucky

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Today, the Lil Brothers and Lil Sisters of Louisville sponsored a mini-boot camp and life saving seminar at the high school, as they have done many times before.  One of their guests missed the message completely. As the guests were leaving, many of them students, a 14-year-old boy stabbed a 15-year-old boy.  The injured boy was taken to the hospital, underwent surgery on Sunday and listed in stable condition.

Source: WHAS Channel 11 - Teenager Stabbed at Shawnee High School; WLKY Channel 32 - Teen Stabbed After Non-Violence Event at Local School

Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, Kansas

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Late this evening two 19-year-old male students had an altercation with Mighty James Big Pond, also 19, and his older brother, David J. Big Pond, 21, at Club 508.  The altercation was minor and the students left the club.  Shortly after 10 p.m., the two students were walking on campus toward Red Cloud Hall when they saw the two Big Pond brothers.  The brothers started chasing the students and a fight in sued.  During the fight a knife was pulled by one of the brothers.  He slashed one of the students on his hand and abdomen.  David also suffered injuries during the fight and the brothers went to Lawrence Memorial Hospital for treatment, where they were arrested by police.  Mighty James and David J. Big Pond are charged with aggravated battery.

Source: Lawrence Journal-World - Two Charged in Stabbing at Haskell

An Elementary School in the Rafah Refugee Camp, Gaza Strip, Israel

Monday, January 31, 2005

Nuran Deeb, 10, went to school early today to play with her schoolmates.  While she was on the playground she was struck dead with a bullet to her head.  The young Palestinian girl suddenly screamed and fell to the ground in a pool of blood.  The other girls at the school began to run for cover and one of them, 7-year-old Aysha Khateeb,  was wounded in the hand.  The Israeli army said that it's troops had not opened fire in that part of Rafah.  They did say that nearby  Palestinians had been celebrating their return from a Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca by shooting guns into the air.  The Palestinian residents deny such a celebration took place.  Hours later, militants from Palestine fired half a dozen mortar shells at Jewish settlements in Gaza.  Nobody was wounded in the retaliation attack. The school is just over 800 meters from an Israeli post on the Gaza-Egypt border. It is in the Brazilian neighborhood of the camp and is run by the United Nations.

Source: BBC News - Death Strains Informal Gaza Truce; Detroit Free Press - Palestinian Schoolgirl Shot Dead; The Australian - Girl 10, Gunned Down in Schoolyard

Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Tuesday, February 1, 2005

At 10:45 this morning, students were in line at the cafeteria.  Standing in line was a 14-year-old unnamed boy and a 13-year-old unnamed boy.  The younger boy was in front of the older boy and the older boy wanted to get in front of him.  The younger boy refused to give up his place in line.  The two boys began arguing and then pushed each other.  This led to the older boy stabbing the younger boy in the arm with a pencil.  The younger boy was taken to Schneider Hospital so that the pencil could be removed.  The older boy was arrested and charged with third-degree assault.

Source: The Virgin Islands Daily News - BCB Student, 14, Charged with Stabbing Peer with a Pencil

Ukhanyo Secondary School, Kwanonqubela, Alexandria, South Africa

Tuesday, February 1, 2005

A 20-year-old student came to school this evening with gun.  He entered a classroom, waved the gun around and then took aim on another 20-year-old student who was studying with friends.  The instigator shot him in the left upper arm.  The instigator was arrested and is believed to be charged with attempted murder.

Source: South Africa Broadcasting Corporation - Pupil Arrested After School Shooting

McNair High School, Atlanta, Georgia

Friday, February 4, 2005

After classes had been dismissed for the day, 15-year-old Angela Howard and her 19-year-old brother Angelo were still on school grounds.  Angela is pregnant and Angelo, who is not a student, has a gun in his hand.  He dropped the gun and it discharged a bullet into Angela's neck. She was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital and listed in serious, but stable condition.  Angelo was arrested and charged with discharging a firearm on school property. 

Source: WXIA Channel 11 - Pregnant Teen Accidentally Shot

Cony High School, Augusta, Maine

Wednesday, February 9, 2005

This morning as students made their way to homeroom, a fight between two boys broke out.  At one point, Michael Swift, the bigger of the two, had Damion Fincher in a head lock and held the upper hand.  That is, until Damion, 16, began to fight in self defense.  He pulled out a small pocketknife and stabbed Michael five times.  After Michael had released him, Damion ran outside and vomited in an attempt to the rid himself of the sick feeling of what he had just done.  Both boys went to a separate hospital for his injuries.  Police arrest Damion the following Tuesday at his father's home and charged him with aggravated assault.  Police also charged Michael with assault.  On Wednesday, May 18, 2005, Damion pleaded guilty to a juvenile charge of reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon.  However, if he follows strict conditions set in place for the next year, the charge will drop to a lesser misdemeanor count of reckless conduct.  The strict conditions include: 1) being expelled from Cony High School; 2) must stay out of Kennebec County for a year, unless accompanied by his parents or older sister; 3) have no contact with Michael or any of the students who witnessed the fight and stabbing; and 4) he must live with his father in Bath.

Source: Maine Today - Teen Faces Charge in High School Stabbing; WLBZ Channel 2 - Charges Field in Cony High School Stabbing; WLBZ Channel 2 - Cony Stabbing Suspect Pleads Guilty; Visitor to this web site

Chuo Elementary School, Neyagawa, Osaka Prefecture, Japan

Monday, February 14, 2005

With students in afternoon classes, a 17-year-old boy returns to his elementary school at 3 p.m. today and attacks three teachers.  At the school's gate, the boy asked if a certain teacher was in.  The teacher wasn't there, but the boy entered anyway and came across Mitchiaki Kamozaki, a 52-year-old teacher. Mitchiaki began leading the boy to the teacher's office when the boy pulled out a kitchen knife with 21.5 centimeter blade and plunged it into Mitchiaki's back.  The stab wound reached all the way from Mitchiaki's back to his heart.  He was transported to the hospital where he died.  The teen then went into a teacher's office on the second floor and stabbed 57-year-old Mizue Tomomura, an instructor, and 45-year-old school nutritionist Akemi Fukushima. Both of them are females and were taken to the hospital for their injuries.  Mizue was in serious condition while Akemi wounds were less severe.  The teen then lit a cigarette in the teacher's room and waited for the police to arrive.  They arrived shortly thereafter and arrested him. No students were injured during this attack.

Source: Melbourne (Australia) Herald Sun - Teacher Killed in School Stabbing; Japan Today - 17-Year-Old Youth Barges Into Osaka School, Stabs 3 Adults, One Dead; Kyodo News - 17-Year-Old Intruder Kills Teacher at Elementary School

Lamar High School, Arlington, Texas

Monday, February, 14, 2005

Also today, around 6:30 a.m., a 16-year-old boy arrived at school with two swords, each with two-foot long blades.  He attacked his classmates and cut a 14-year-old on the face.  The screams of the students were heard by a school guard, who was unarmed.  The security guard tackled the boy after getting cuts on his land hand and wrist. 

Source: WFAA Channel 8 - Sword-Wielding Student Cuts Classmate

Romig Middle School, Anchorage, Alaska

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Two boys who were sitting at the back of their school bus today got into a name-calling spat. They were on their way home and one of the boys, 13, stabbed the other boy, 14, in the head, neck and shoulders with a 3-inch pocketknife. The bus driver did not notice the scuffle, but did notice the 14-year-old had blood on his hands as he got off at his normal stop.  He asked the boy if he was okay, but the youth said nothing as he stepped off the bus.  Pocketknives are not allowed  in Anchorage schools, so our young instigator could be facing a weapons charge of some sort.  He is in custody in the McLaughlin Youth Center.

Source: Anchorage Daily News - Boy Stabs Classmate on Bus Trip Home

A High School in Edinburgh, Scotland

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

A snowball fight turned violent today in the northern reaches of the British Empire.  A 13-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy were having a snowball fight when, for an undisclosed reason, the older boy started pummeling and kicking the younger boy.  He was kicked so many times, he lost consciousness and was taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary around 11:30 this morning.  The older boy was "excluded" from the school while the investigation continues.  Apparently Scotland has stricter rules than we Americans do as the news story stated they could not name the high school for legal reasons.

Source: - Pupil Held After Boy 'Kicked Unconscious'

Southeastern Middle/Junior High School, Macomb, Illinois

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

School violence jumped the pond during the day, all the way to the land of Lincoln.  However, it wasn't reported as an act of school violence until a week later.  Two boys were fighting in one of the school's restrooms when the younger boy, 14, pulled out a folding knife and stabbed his older opponent, who was 15.  The 15-year-old boy went to the superintendent's office around 1:15 p.m. and said he had cut himself on a locker.  He was given first aid and then sent to the hospital for more treatment.  Three hours later, parents started calling the school inquiring about the stabbing.  Word got back to the superintendent and police and they discovered that this was an indeed an isolated act of school violence and not an accident.  The younger boy was suspended for 10-days, arrested and charged with reckless conduct.

Source: Eagle Publications - School Stabbing Under Investigation

Jiangning Primary School, Shanghai, China

Thursday, February 24, 2005

After failing to break into homes in the Putuo District, a migrant worker from the Henan Province fled and successfully broke into the Jiangning Primary School around 10:30 a.m.  Using a knife, he took a first-grade boy hostage.  More than 30 officers and five snipers from the Shanghai Municipal Public Security Bureau responded.  Even the director of bureau came to coordinate the event.  Police tried to negotiate with the man, but talks failed.  Two officers rushed into the room and one of them freed the boy while the other tackled the instigator.  The police officer who went after the instigator received minor injuries and was treated at a hospital.  The man was arrested.

Source: - School Hostage-Taker Arrested

Ned Doman High School, Athlone, South Africa

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Racial tensions between Bokmakierie residents and survivors of the Joe Slovo fire came to a tragic end today.  The Joe Slovo survivors were to move into a hostel in the suburb that the Bokmakierie residents badly wanted for themselves.  The racial tensions are believed to be the cause of a fight between 15-year-old Marawaan Blackenberg and another unnamed student.  Marawaan was tackled and held down while the unnamed student stabbed him to death. A week later five suspected assailants were scheduled to appear in court.

Source: Cape Times - Police Keep Watch at School After Stabbing

A High School in Salluit, Quebec, Canada

Friday, February 25, 2005

Three weeks ago, 18-year-old Peter Keatainak was expelled from his school for an undisclosed reason.  Today he returned with a gun and wrecked havoc on the psyche of this far north Quebec town on the Hudson Strait.  Peter went into his former French classroom and brandished the gun.  When he did so, most of the students fled, but teacher Hassina Kerfi-Guetteb, 43, wasn't able to flee the room.  Peter shot her in the neck and then committed suicide.  Hassina was transported to the Montreal General Hospital where she was listed in stable condition on Wednesday of the following week.  Teachers across the sparse region refused to return to their schools until the school board made their work place safer.

Source: CBC North News ( - Teachers Refuse to Work After Shooting

Northland High School, Columbus, Ohio

Monday, February 28, 2005

This morning, a fight between two female students in a second floor hallway led to a stabbing injury.  Lakeisha Snow, 16, and a 17-year-old girl got into a fight around 9:10 when Lakeisha used a pair of scissors on her opponent.  She received cuts to her eyelid, cheek an lip.  The injured girl was transported to St. Ann's Hospital in Westerville where she was listed in good condition.  Lakeisha was charged with aggravated assault.

Source: NBC 4 - Student Hospitalized After High School Fight

A High School in Kafr Manda, Galilee, Israel

Tuesday, March 1, 2005

Today, two boys argued over who would be first to enter the classroom.  One of them was 17-years-old and would not accept second place.  So, to ensure his first place spot, he pulled out a knife and stabbed his opponent in the head.  The stab wound was minor.  The next day, the instigator was indicted in the Acre Magistrate' Court on stabbing charges.

Source: Haaretz International News - Boy Stabbed, Another Arrested in Violent Day at High Schools

A High School in Hamilton Township, New Jersey

Tuesday, March 1, 2005

Also today, a fight between two females broke out in a high school restroom.  The fight turned very serious when one of them, a 17-year-old girl, pulled out a razor blade and lacerated her 16-year-old opponent's face.  

Source: National School Safety and Security Services web site

A High School in Nazareth, Israel

Wednesday, March 2, 2005

Two boys got into a fist fight today when one of the boys punched the other in the face.  The wounded boy left the area and went to friend, a friend who had a knife.  He borrowed the knife from his friend, tracked down his 14-year-old attacker and stabbed him.  The stab wound was minor.

Source: Haaretz International News - Boy Stabbed, Another Arrested in Violent Day at High Schools

A Middle School in Nazareth, Israel

Wednesday, March 2, 2005

Later the same day at a different school in Nazareth, another fight between two boys leads to a stabbing.  This time the weapon was a pen.  The age of the two boys is 11 and 13, however, the story doesn't say which one stabbed the other.  For statistical purposes, I'm going to say the 13-year-old is the stabber and the 11-year-old is the stabbee. Once again, the stab wound was minor.

Source: Haaretz International News - Boy Stabbed, Another Arrested in Violent Day at High Schools

Piper High School, Sunrise, Florida

Wednesday, March 2, 2005

When morning reached the east coast of America school violence came with it.  Just after 9:30 in Princess Porter's 11th grade geometry classroom, Room 541, with 26 attentive students and two non-attentive boys, a argument between the boys escalated to violence.  The fight climaxed when 18-year-old Sullivan Gray pulled out a 2-inch pocketknife and stabbed 16-year-old Omari Delahaye in the neck.  Royann Knowles, also 16, tried to stop the two feuding boys and she was cut near her eye and mouth. Both of the injured students were rushed to Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale for treatment. Omari stayed over night while Royann was treated and released. Sullivan was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated battery and one count of carrying a weapon on school grounds. When police interviewed the students in the classroom, they said the two boys were fighting over a girl.  Almost 3,000 students attend Piper High School.

Source: Sun-Sentinel - 2 Students Injured in Stabbing at School

Stewart County High School, Cumberland City, Tennessee

Wednesday, March 2, 2005

The fourth act of school violence for today claims the life of a school bus driver.  This morning at about the halfway point of her route, Joyce Gregory stopped the bus, No. 22, to pickup 14-year-old Jason Clinard, a boy she had kicked off earlier for using smokeless tobacco.  Jason extracted his revenge at 6:15 this morning when he pulled out a .45-caliber handgun and murdered Joyce, a 47-year-old mother of two daughters.  Several bullets tore through her torso and one severed her aorta. This was her second year as a bus driver.  The 24 students on the bus had an age range of 5 to 17 and were headed to classes at Dover Elementary School and Stewart County High School.  Because of Jason's age, I'm classifying this as a high school act of violence, even though it happened off campus.  On Tuesday, August 2, 2005, Stewart County Juvenile Court Judge Andy Brigham ruled that Jason would be tried as an adult.

Source: 9 News - Student, 14, Accused of Fatally Shooting Tennessee Bus Driver; The (Clarksville) Leaf-Chronicle - Teen Suspect in Bus Driver's Slaying to be Tried as Adult; The Tennessean - Testimony Backs Case Killing was Intentional

Oakwood (High) School, Horley, Surrey, England

Friday, March 4, 2005

In an isolated incident at this high school in Surrey, a 15-year-old boy stabs a 14-year-old boy while he was playing football at lunchtime.  The injured boy was taken to East Surrey Hospital where he was treated and released.  The 15-year-old was arrested by police.  He was released on bail pending further inquiries.

Source: BBC News - Boy Arrested Over School Stabbing

North County High School, Annapolis, Maryland

Friday, March 4, 2005

Back in the states, school violence hits another high school.  Two 17-year-old teens were fighting today when one of them, a female, pulled out a 3 1/2-inch folding knife and tried to stab her opponent, a male student.  Although the knife never actually punctured his skin, he was taken to North Arundel Hospital as a precaution for a bruised shoulder.  The school resource officer arrested the girl and confiscated the knife.  She was charged on a juvenile assault and released to her mother.

Source: The Capital Online - Student Charged in Attempted Stabbing

St. Thomas Technical High School, Golden Grove, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Friday, March 4, 2005

This evening, Devin Douglas was at a party at his school when a war of words broke out between him and a group of men.  The men attacked him with open knives and stabbed him several times.  Devin was transported to the Princess Margaret Hospital where he died.  Police arrested 21-year-old Kevin Sterling of the Lyssons district in Devin's murder.

Source: The Jamaica Observer - Police Reports: Student Murdered

Avon Valley School, Coventry, West Midlands, England

Saturday, March 5, 2005

Early this morning, at around 12:40, a private guard spotted 21-year-old James Daniel Brian Dewes carrying a container and tampering with the school's security lighting.  The guard and James started to fight.  James pulled out a knife and stabbed the guard repeatedly.  The unnamed guard was taken to Coventry and Warwick Hospital for non-life threatening wounds.  Police arrest James a short time after the attack and charged him with one count of wounding with intent and one count of attempted arson.

Source: - Man in Court Over Guard Stabbing

Frederick Douglass High School, Baltimore, Maryland

Saturday, March 5, 2005

Just 28 miles up Interstate 97 from yesterday's attack in Annapolis, school violence strikes again.  This morning three males attacked a fourth male on the grounds of FDHS.  The wounded boy was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and treated for a stab wound.

Source: Baltimore Sun - Police Blotter: Western District

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts

Sunday, March 6, 2005

School violence continues its fast pace through early March with the twelfth act in only six days.  Last night, about 700 students gathered at the Student Union for a fashion show.  After the show the students hung around for a party.  During the party, a fight broke out between the students and one on them was stabbed in the neck.  The injured student was taken to Holyoke Hospital for treatment.  UMass police were able to breakup the fight using pepper spray but did not name any suspects.

Source: Boston Herald - UMass Student Stabbed at Campus Party

H. E. McCracken Middle School, Bluffton, South Carolina

Wednesday, March 9, 2005

At the end of lunch today at 11:45 a.m., heated words were exchanged between two eighth-grade boys.  One of the boys had asked the other if he could borrow some money and things escalated from there.  As they walked down the hall to their next class, one of them pulled out a pocket knife and a pen knife.  He then attack his classmate.  Two other students joined in on the fight. All four of them were injured.  Teacher's quickly broke up the fight and restored order.  A fifth student who was not injured, nor apart of the fight, picked up one of the fallen knives and hid it.  However, police were still able to apprehend him and recover the knife. The Bluffton Police Department said they would charge all five students.  One of the boys who started the fight was in handcuffs by 12:20 p.m. and charged with assault and battery with intent to kill, possession of a weapon on school property and disturbing schools.  Just ten minutes later his opponent was wheeled out on a stretcher face down with his classmates from a nearby room cheering.  The wounded boy was transported to the hospital, but was released by the end of the day.  He was charged with assault and battery and disturbing schools. Another ten minutes past and a third boy was removed from the school, this time in a wheelchair and in great pain.  He was placed in the squad car with the first boy.  The fourth boy came out shortly thereafter with his hands bandaged and cuffed.  He joined the other two boys in the squad car.  The squad card took the trio to Coastal Carolina Medical Center for treatment before beginning their processing into the juvenile system.  The two boys who joined the fight in progress were charged with assault and battery and disturbing schools.  Police charged the fifth boy with accessory in connection with concealing one of the knives.  

Source: The Island Packet - Stabbings at McCracken; WTOC Channel 11 - Middle School Locked Down After Knife Fight

Paul Breaux Middle School, Lafayette, Louisiana

Wednesday, March 9, 2005

Another school, another fight, another stabbing.  This time, two 14-year-old females were fighting it out when one of them pulled out a Swiss Army knife and stabbed the other in the breast and temple. Megan Mouton was wounded in this attack.

Source: KATC Channel 3 - Girl Fight at Paul Breaux Leads to Stabbing

Maplewood High School, Nashville, Tennessee

Wednesday, March 9, 2005

Today's third round of school violence happened in Nashville when 19-year-old Scott Edward Gray III  was shot while waiting to pick up his younger sister from Maplewood High this afternoon.  Scott arrived around 2:00 and asked student Ashley Sullivan how to get into the school.  She said the doors were unlocked and that he needed to beware of the school guards.  He entered the school and a staff member noticed him.  Since he had bypassed procedures, he was asked to leave.  He did so, going across the street to the school's parking lot.  Here, he began to argue with three to six other individuals.  One of them was 16-year-old Tyree Pierre Gray, no relation.  The argument climaxed when Tyree pulled out a pistol and a brief struggle ensued.  The young Tyree was able to disengage himself long enough to step back and shoot Scott in the chest.   Tyree then fled in a black Pontiac Grand Prix or Grand Am with tinted windows.  Scott was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and listed in critical condition.  Last year, Tyree was expelled from Maplewood and was attending Cohn Alternative Learning Center.  In January, school officials kicked him out from assault and disruptive behavior.

Source: The Tennessean - Man Shot In Front of Maplewood High as School Day Ends; The Tennessean - Man In Critical Condition After Shooting on School Lot

Hampton High School, Hampton, Virginia

Wednesday, March 9, 2005

Today's fourth act of school violence happened in a Virginia restroom during a lunchtime fight.  Police initially reported that 19-year-old Todd Nolen and an unnamed 17-year-old male classmate attempted to rob a 16-year-old male classmate of his marijuana stash.  Todd was punching the young boy while he was being choked by the 17-year-old boy.  The 16-year-old pulled a knife and began stabbing the 17-year-old unnamed boy many times, during which he cut Todd below the right eye.  Todd and several eyewitnesses told a different story.  Todd said he did not try to rob the young boy.  The two unnamed boys told their attorneys that Todd wasn't involved with the altercation.  It was only after he was struck by the young boy did he act in self-defense and joined the fight.  Almost three months later, attorney's decided not to pursue felony charges of maiming and attempted robbery against Todd, concluding that he did act in self-defense.

Source: The Daily Press - Nolen Won't Face Charges

Auchinleck Academy (High School), Cumnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Just outside the main gates of the academy, 17-year-old Toni Hannah was walking to meet with her pals when a gunman with an air-rifle opened fire on her.  One of the bullets missed her head by a centimeter while another stung her in the lower leg.  She picked up the pellet and hobbled her way into the school for aide. She was transported to the hospital and spent the rest of the day resting.  Police arrested 16-year-old Andrew Drummond in this shooting and he pleaded guilty on Friday.

Source: icAyrshire News Network - Girl Wounded in Horror Shooting

Jose Marti High School, Kingston, Jamaica

Thursday, March 10, 2005

17-year-old Yannies Hall was outside her school today when some one stabbed her to death for her cell phone.

Source: Jamaica Gleaner - Letter of the Day: An MP's Lament... 'We Hear the People's Cry'

Mount Vernon High School, Mount Vernon, New Jersey

Thursday, March 10, 2005

A fight that started on Tuesday ended today with another stabbing at an American school.  Five students who were suspended after the fight Tuesday came back to Mount Vernon High without permission.  MVHS has metal detectors at its three main entrances and keeps its side doors locked from the outside.  However, the security cameras were operational at the side doors when students let the suspended five back on campus.  The five continued the fight near the girl's restroom, which is not too far from the cafeteria.  Kelvin Britton, 18, a member of the five, attacked Garrett Fuller, 16.  Garrett fought back with a silver knife in his right hand and stabbed Kelvin on the left side of his torso.  An unnamed 16-year-old student was also stabbed in the arm.  School resource officer Juliet Roach witnessed the stabbing and apprehended Garrett.  While she took control of the volatile situation, she sprained her ankle.  Garrett was charged with second-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.   Kelvin and the unnamed student were treated at Mount Vernon Hospital for their injuries.  Kelvin was also arrested and charged with second-degree gang assault for entering the school (as part of the five) to fight with his classmates.  The students who opened the doors were disciplined by principal Larry Ashley.

Source: The Journal News - 2 Stabbed at Mount Vernon High School

Clifton High School, Clifton, New Jersey

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Also today in New Jersey, another fight between students led to another stabbing.  Around 3:00 this afternoon, thirty minutes after school had ended for the day, a 14-year-old sophomore, who had been suspended, returned to the campus. He picked out his favorite target, senior Faker Shaabna, 18.  Faker retaliated, first with his fists and then with a knife.  He stabbed the young boy in the ribs.  A police officer working at the school and a vice principal broke up the fight.  The sophomore went home and told his parents about the fight.  They called the police and an ambulance.   He was treated at PBI Regional Medical Center. Faker was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a knife for an unlawful purpose.

Source: North Jersey Media Group - High School Student Stabbed

Zaragoza Elementary School, Dallas, Texas

Thursday, March 10, 2005

School violence rolls on into the evening, with a meeting at Zaragoza Elementary.  When the meeting was over with, around 6:30 p.m., the participants filed out onto the grounds and into the parking lot to their vehicles.  As they mingled, a car pulled up on the street and stopped.  The driver stuck his arm out the window with a handgun and opened fire on one of the groups.  A Dallas City Parks and Recreation Department employee was grazed when a bullet zipped past his leg.  He was taken to Baylor Medical Center for treatment.  Police had an idea of who they were looking for, but didn't mention his name in this report.

Source: WFAA Channel 8 - School Security Tight After Shooting

Sifunimfundo Primary (High) School, Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Friday, March 11, 2005

A 15-year-old male student asked his teacher if he could see the principal today.  He was allowed to, and he went to Principal David Hlombe's office.  While there, the two talked briefly when suddenly the boy pulled out a gun and shot David twice, killing him.

Source: - Teachers Want Armed Guards at Schools

Mayport Middle School, Jacksonville, Florida

Friday, March 11, 2005

As students headed to class this morning, a fight broken out between a 12-year-old sixth-grade boy and a 13-year-old seventh-grade boy.  The fight turned violent when the younger boy stabbed the older boy in the neck with a pen.  Teachers were able to separate the young combatants at that point and call for help.  The seventh-grader was flown to Shands-Jacksonville Medical Center with the pen still in his neck.  The sixth-grader was questioned and arrested by police.  The fight started at about 9:10 a.m.

Source: Mayport Middle School Student Stabbed With Pen

Pelham Prep High School, New York City, New York

Friday, March 11, 2005

Gang members from the Bloods and DDP (Dominicans Don't Play) engaged in a fight yesterday in the school's cafeteria.  The fight was resolved without injury or alarm.  Today, near noon, the fight continued with a different outcome.  It started in a second-floor stairwell when the gang members squared off against each other.  During the fight, a 15-year-old boy was stabbed eight times, a 16-year-old boy was stabbed twice and another 15-year-old boy got his nose bloodied.  The fight ended up with 20 students battling it out in the basement.  The weapons were "unconventional" (keys or a pen), as no "conventional" weapons were recovered.  The three injured boys were taken to the hospital for treatment. 

Source: New York Post - 2 Teens Stabbed in Bronx High School Gang Fight

Leawood Elementary School, Columbus, Ohio

Monday, March 14, 2005

This morning at 9 a.m., 7-year-old second-grader Farland Dindy pulled out a Hi-Point .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol from his backpack and showed it to one of his classmates.  The classmate didn't want anything to do with the gun.  So, our young gun totter, put the pistol back in his backpack and it went off.  The bullet went through Farland's hand and he was transported to Columbus's Children's Hospital for treatment.  With the layout of the school being what it is, school officials decided to go ahead as planned with the standardized tests scheduled for today for the fourth-graders who were in a different wing. Police said the pistol did not come from Farland's parents, and they began a search to figure out how a 7-year-old boy got his hands on a .45-caliber pistol.  Farland said he found it on his way to school.  Police traced the gun and found it had been sold to a Dublin resident in 1996 from a Reynoldsburg gun shop.  The owner then sold the gun in 2003 to the Ohio State Pawnshop in Whitehall. In October of that same year, 24-year-old Quinzell J. Mack purchased the gun.  Today, his brother Farland found it hidden underneath their sofa and took it to school with him. Police charged Quinzell with negligent assault, a third-degree misdemeanor.

Source: Channel Oklahoma - Boy, 7, Accidentally Shot in Hand at School; Ohio News Network - Child Accidentally Shoots Himself; BG News- Fourth Grader Injured After Toting Gun to School; - Man Charged with Owning Gun that Wounded Brother at School

Fairmount Park Elementary School, St. Petersburg, Florida

Monday, March 14, 2005

Also today, Mrs. Ottersbach had her class performing a math exercise by counting jelly beans when one little girl started acting silly.  Mrs. Ottersbach decided to take the jelly beans away from the 5-year-old girl.  The young girl retaliated by terrorizing the classroom, Room 13.  She trashed Mrs. Ottersbach's desk, smashed a candy dish and kicked another teacher in the shins.  The girl was taken to the principal's office where she continued her rant.  She threw books and boxes, climbed atop the desk and started stomping on it.  From there, she grabbed a pen, jumped down and began drawing on the walls.  The assistant principal began calling the district's campus police when the girl punched her in the stomach.  The assistant principal asked the school's secretary to call for help and she called the city police.  They arrived and arrested the unruly girl.  The police bound her hands with wrist ties and put her in the back of their car.  The little girl was still defiant and began kicking the back of the front seat.  So... a police officer put handcuffs on her ankles.  The state attorney's office did not file any charges against the unruly girl and she went home with her mother. Police said their actions were proper.  If you read the whole news story, I believe you will agree with me that this is a perfect example of very bad parenting skills. 

Source: St. Petersburg Times - In Schools, Violence Starting at Earlier Age

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

After the Super Sectional basketball game between Carbondale Community High School and Alton High School, the fans left the Sam Vadalabene Center on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.  This was a Class AA playoff game with Carbondale winning 64-60.   In the parking, just before 10:00, Alton High School student Tommy Taylor, 17, was stabbed by a young man believed to be a student at CCHS.  The instigator then fled the parking lot into the woods along the campus.  Tommy was first taken to Anderson Hospital in Maryville and later transported via air to St. Louis University Hospital for treatment of his punctured lung.

Source: The Southern Illinoisan - Police Seek Men in Student Stabbing; The Telegraph - Alton Student Stabbed After Game

Carrick High School, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

An ongoing feud between students from Beltzhoover and Saint Clair Village led to a student being killed this afternoon behind Carrick High School.  Keith Watts, 16, was in the driver's seat of a blue Chevrolet Geo Tracker with two of his friends when two men in a teal green Hyundai Sonata pulled up along side them.  Words were exchanged between the two vehicles when one of the Sonata occupants pulled out an AK-47 assault rifle and opened fire on the trio in the Tracker.  At least eight shots were fired, one striking Keith in the head and another in his torso.  He died at 1:58 p.m.  17-year-old Alfred Grimmitt was in the passenger seat of the Tracker and was shot in the arm and torso.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital and listed in critical condition. The third student in the Tracker was 16-year-old Raymont Dillard.  He received minor wounds from flying broken glass. Police found the Sonata on Wednesday in Beltzhoover.  In 1999, Keith's father was murdered in Beltzhoover and in 2001, his mother was also killed violently in the Hill District.  Derwin Milligan, 17, a junior at Langley High School, was taken into custody on Friday and charged with homicide.  Police were still searching for the other man in the Sonata on Saturday.  In September police dropped charges against Derwin Milligan after evidence proved he was not at the scene.  However, police weren't discouraged as they arrested 21-year-old Howard Kelly and 19-year-old Jheri Matthews on Thursday, September 29, 2005.  The next morning, police arrested 22-year-old Shawn Wilmer in connection with Keith's murder.  All three men were charged with criminal homicide and criminal conspiracy.  During a preliminary hearing for Howard, Jheri and Shawn, a witness said that Keith was shot because he shot Jheri back in June 2004.  The witness, 21-year-old Nathan Walters, also said that Howard and Shawn bragged about the shooting.  

Source: Ninth-Grader Gunned Down Outside School; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 16-Year-Old Shot in Car at Carrick High; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Police Get Little Help on Watts Suspects; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Boy, 17, Charged in Fatal Shootings at Carrick High; Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Trio Arrested in Watts' Shooting; Beaver County Times - Three Men Will Stand Trial for Killing Outside School

Colchester High School, Colchester, Vermont

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Also today, a ninth-grade male student fired a BB gun at another student in the school's restroom.  The BB gun fired rubber-like pellets and hit the male student in the arm.  The impact of the BB's didn't penetrate the skin, but did cause a welt to form on the boy's arm.  A BB gun is not considered a firearm and so bringing it to school is not against the law.  However, shooting someone with a BB gun could be considered an assault.  The news story didn't release names, but said the instigator is the son of a school board member.  This caused concern for parents as they believed the boy would get special treatment.  The superintendent said the board will follow their punishment policy.

Source: WCAX Channel 3 - Shooting at Colchester School

Father Henry Carr West Secondary School, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

This evening, another fight at a basketball game lead to a stabbing, this time in the suburbs of Toronto.  About 100 fans were in the stands around 8:00 when the fight broke out.  A 20-year-old man was slashed across the face and a 19-year-old man was stabbed in the ribs.  They were transported to the hospital and police arrested another 20-year-old male.  The administration at Father Henry Carr West Secondary School contacted me at the beginning of June 2006 and provided me with more information about this act of school violence.  Apparently, they rented the gym to a community organization who put together the basketball game with players who did not attend the school.  No students, teachers or staff at FHCWSS participated in the basketball game, or were injured from the knife-wielding assailant, as this was their week of spring break.  The gym is located at what Principal Vincent Burzotta called the school's satellite campus.  So even though no students of FHCWSS were injured or perpetrated this act of school violence, it still took place on property owned by the school, which, in turn, falls under my definition of "school violence."  That is why the entry is here on my list.

Source: 680 News - Stabbing at High School Basketball Game; Principal Vincent Burzotta and the Guidance Counselor at Father Henry Carr West Secondary School, Etobicoke, Ontario

Coburg Primary School, Melbourne, Australia

Thursday, March 17, 2005

This morning around 9:30 28-year-old Sadia Abdurahman dropped off her five-year-old son and was heading back to her BMW in the school's car-park when she saw a man jump up suddenly.  She turned and ran back to the school building, to a passageway where students leave their backpacks.  The man, her ex-husband, 28-year-old Ahmed Ibrahim from Somalia, stabbed her six times in the neck and shoulder.  School officials gave her first aid before she was transported to the Royal Melbourne Hospital where she stayed over night.  Police arrested Ahmed about 30 minutes later and recovered the knife.  He was charged with attempted murder, intentionally causing serious injury, recklessly causing injury, unlawful assault (as opposed to a lawful assault), intentionally damaging property, assault with a weapon and breaking an intervention order.

Source: The Age - Stabbing at School; ABC News (Australian Broadcast Company News) - Man Charged Over School Stabbing; Queensland The Sunday Mail - Tots See Mum Stabbed; Melbourne Herald Sun - School Stabbing: Man in Court

O. Perry Walker High School, Algiers, Louisiana

Thursday, March 17, 2005

This afternoon at 2 p.m. gunshots tore through students as they were heading back to class from lunch.  Students believe this shooting is linked to the melee (between teens from the Cutoff neighborhood and those from Algiers) at the school on Tuesday when 20 students were arrested.  One student who was not identified said he saw another male student with a handgun yesterday as he showed it off briefly to others.  Getting back to the shooting now:  Two male students brought guns to O. Perry Walker High School today. 15-year-old Jernell Hankton brought his parent's .38-caliber handgun to school while 17-year-old Gerald Thornton, from Algiers, brought a BB gun that resembles a more powerful handgun.  Jernell was walking with his friends in a second-floor hallway when the mini turf war erupted.   Jernell's friends include Chase McNeal, 15; Charles Montegut and Kadeem Wise, both 16; and Derrick Hutton, 17; all from the Cutoff neighborhood.  Jernell and his friends passed the .38-caliber handgun between themselves several times while Gerald maintained possession of his BB gun.  He pointed the BB gun at several students, but didn't fire it.  However, the .38-caliber handgun was fired five times. One of the bullets struck sophomore football player Prentiss Bovia in the lower right leg.  He was taken to Charity Hospital for treatment.  Jernell took his parent's gun back home.  On Tuesday, March 22, 2005, Chase and Jernell turned themselves into police.  When police searched Jernell's home, they found the gun.  Prentiss would not cooperate with the police, so his classmates couldn't be charged with more than felony possession of a gun on school grounds and aggravated assault.  Kadeem and Jernell had separate trials in front of Juvenile Court Judge David Bell in June 2005.  He found them guilty of illegally carrying a weapon on school grounds.  Later on that same day, Chase, Charles, Derrick and Gerald pleaded guilty.  All six boys were sentenced to one year in juvenile prison, however Judge Bell suspended various amounts of each sentence. Kadeem had 60 days of sentence suspended; Jernell had 30 days suspended; Chase had 45 days suspended while Charles and Derrick had 90 days suspended.  Gerald was charged with five counts of aggravated assault and illegally carrying a weapon on school grounds.  He was sentenced to one year in juvenile prison with 90 days suspended.  For statistical purposes, since the gun was owned by Jernell's family, I'm counting him as the instigator. This was not Walker High's first act of school violence.  In 1992, a 15-year-old student was shot in the head in a breezeway on campus, he later died.

Source: The Times-Picayune - Turf War Blamed in School Shooting; The Times-Picayune - Teen Arrested in New Orleans School Shooting; WDSU Channel 6 - Teens Sought in Walker Shooting Surrender to Police; The Times-Picayune - 6 Youths to Serve Prison Stints

Locke High School, Los Angeles, California

Thursday, March 17, 2005

This afternoon around 3:00 at this school in south Los Angeles, 15-year-old Delusa Allen was hit by gunfire in her upper body as she waited to be picked up by her aunt.  She was taken to Harbor UCLA Medical Center and listed in critical condition.  In the wee hours of Friday morning, police arrested Dejuan Hines, 18, a suspected gang member, at the home of one of his relatives in south LA and charged him with shooting Delusa. On Friday, March 25, 2005, Delusa died from her injuries. 

Source: KESQ Channel 3 - Shooting Critically Injures 15-Year-Old Girl Outside South LA School; Long Beach Press-Telegram - Suspected Gang Member Arrested in School Shooting; San Jose Mercury News - Student Dies After  South LA School Shooting

John Marshall High School, Portland, Oregon

Friday, March 18, 2005

17-year-old Charles Smith and two of his classmates were arguing just before lunch over a girl.  After class, the argument continued outside near the tennis courts and a knife was drawn by 15-year-old freshman Rickey Vernelle Darrogh.  Charles was stabbed at least three times during the climax of the fight.   In an effort to hide the evidence, the freshman tried to hid the weapon by throwing the knife onto the school's roof.  Charles was transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Health Center where he was treated for his wounds.  Rickey was arrested by the police and charged with first degree assault.  Police were also able to find the knife on the roof.

Source: The Oregonian - Fifteen-Year-Old Arrested in School Stabbing; KATU Channel 2 - Marshall High School Student Charged in School Stabbing

Independence High School, San Jose, California

Monday, March 21, 2005

Five people ganged up against one 15-year-old boy this afternoon around 3:15 in front of Independence High School.  The boy was stabbed with a screwdriver seven times in the back.  Police arrested one of the gang members and identified a second.

Source: San Jose Mercury News - Police Blotter: Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Red Lake Senior High School, Red Lake, Minnesota

Monday, March 21, 2005

Nine straight days of school violence wrapped up in Minnesota today with the nation's worst school shooting since the Columbine massacre. Jeff Weise usually wore black and was considered a loner by his classmates.  Seven years ago his father committed suicide.  His mother survived a March 1999 car wreck with brain injuries and has been living ever since in a nursing home in Minneapolis, 240 miles away.  This left Jeff in the care of his grandmother.  Jeff was in the school's Homebound program for violating an unnamed policy.  He was not permitted to attend class with his peers. A traveling teacher would visit him, and others in the program, during the day to educate him.  His grandfather, Daryl "Dash" Lussier, and his girlfriend, Michelle Sigana, lived nearby in a secluded house.   Daryl has been a  member of the Red Lake Police Department for 30 years and held the rank of sergeant.  Today, Jeff went to the home of his grandfather with a .22-caliber handgun and shot Daryl and Michelle, fatally wounding them.  He donned his grandfather's bullet-proof vest and police-issued gun belt, grabbed a12-guage shotgun and a .40-caliber pistol (Daryl's service weapons).  He drove to the school in Daryl's squad car and drove right up to the door.  He arrived at the school around 2:50 p.m.  Red Lake High School has metal detectors, cameras and security guards, none of which stopped Jeff.  As he stepped out of the car, the wind caught his black trench coat, revealing the three guns to the security guards.  At the door were Derrick Brun and Leann Grant, unarmed security guards who worked at the school.  Jeff confronted Derrick while Leann headed down the hall moving the students out of the way.  She called for Derrick to follow her, to help get the students to safety, but Derrick stood his ground.  Jeff killed Derrick and then walked down the hallway with the guns a blazing.  Students and teachers were in the hallway and they sought refuge in a classroom.  Jeff followed them into the room.  He killed teacher Neva Rogers and sprayed the students with bullets, killing five of his classmates.  Student Reggie Graves heard the shooting as his class was watching a movie about Shakespeare.  Reggie heard Jeff enter another classroom and ask his friend Ryan if he believed in God.  Jeff then shot Ryan.  Jeff was smiling and waving to his classmates as he shot them.  Students in other classrooms could hear the gunfire getting closer as Jeff made his way down the hall. A janitor warned one classroom that someone was shooting and told the students to stay in the classroom.  The students moved into an adjacent office and held the door shut.  Jeff fired at the door, but the bullets didn't go through.  Justin Jourdain, a student and school superintendent Stuart Desjarlait were holding the door closed.  With his other hand, Stuart called the police on Justin's cell phone.  For 25 minutes, the students stayed huddled and scared inside that office.  Jeff moved on and tried to break into Diane Schwanz's Native Culture Room, but he failed to gain entry.  Diane was able to call the police on her cell phone as Jeff was trying to break in.  Student Ashley Morrison was also in the Native Culture Room, she called her mother on her cell phone who could hear the gunshots over the phone.  One girl was heard pleading with Jeff, saying, "No, Jeff, quit, quit.  Leave me alone.  What are you doing?"  Four tribal police officers arrived within two minutes of the first 911 call.  They rushed into the school and fired upon our young instigator.  He returned fire and was wounded in the hip and leg.  Jeff then retreated to the first classroom and ended the rampage by killing himself.  He picked up the shotgun, put it to his chin and fired the last shot.  All of this in just over 10 minutes.  By 4:22 p.m. the first of the seven wounded students arrived at a hospital for treatment.  Five of the injuries were head injuries, while the remaining two students were only grazed by the bullets.  The wounded were taken to Red Lake Hospital and North Country Regional Hospital  in the nearby town of Bemidji.  Steven Cobenais and Jeffrey May were flown to MeritCare Hospital in Fargo, North Dakota, for their head wounds.  Thursday evening, Greg Zanis (the Illinois carpenter who put up 15 crosses in Clement Park in Littleton after the Columbine massacre), put up nine crosses in front of the high school. Just like the folks of Littleton did almost six years ago, the entire community of Red Lake turned out for the funerals that began over the weekend.  Letters, cards, balloons and sympathy poured in from around the nation, and the world, just like Littleton.  On Easter Sunday, March 27, 16-year-old Louis Jourdain was arrested in connection to this school shooting.  The following day he was charged with conspiracy in a Duluth federal courtroom.  Louis is the son of the tribe's chairman, Floyd Jourdain Jr.  Officials said that Louis plotted the attack with Jeff.  On Monday, August 29, 2005, U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank ruled that Louis would be tried as a juvenile. This school shooting happened on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, home to the Red Lake Chippewa Tribe, one of the poorest in the state.  Just over 5,100 people live on the reservation with all but 91 being Indians.  Students returned to classes at Red Lake Senior High on Tuesday, April 12.  On Tuesday, November 29, 2005, Louis pleaded guilty to threatening interstate communications.  Authorities had dropped the charges of conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States.  In pleading guilty, Louis used a computer to conduct interstate communications that "could be taken by an objective observer as threatening."  On Friday, January 13, 2006, Louis Jourdain was sentenced in juvenile court for making threats by way of interstate communications.  The terms of the sentence were not released as the case was heard in juvenile court.


Derrick Brun, 28 Dwayne Lewis, 15
Chase Lussier, 15 Daryl "Dash" Lussier, 58
Neva Rogers, 62 Chanelle Rosebear, 15
Michelle Sigana, 32 Alicia Spike, 14
Thurlene Stillday, 15 killer Jeff Weise, 16


Ryan Auginash Steven Cobenais, 15
Lance Crowe, 15 Jeffrey May, 15
Cody Thunder, 15 Two other unnamed students

Source: Associated Press - 10 Die in Minnesota Student's Shooting Rampage; Washington Post - Minnesota Rampage Leaves 10 Dead; MSNBC - Teen Kills 9 at Minnesota High School, Home; ABC News - Police: Minnesota Teen Gunman Shot at Random; Guardian Unlimited - Mourners Hold Vigil After School Shooting; Bemidji Pioneer - 10 Killed at Red Lake; Minneapolis Star Tribune - Red Lake Rampage News Conferences, Ceremony Scheduled; Minneapolis Star Tribune - List of Those Confirmed Dead, Wounded at This Time; Minneapolis Star Tribune - Seeking Answers in Shooting Rampage; Associated Press - Teachers, Teens Cope with Minnesota Shooting; Minneapolis Star Tribune - Illinois Man Puts Crosses Outside Red Lake School; WCCO Channel 4 - Tribal Chairman's Son Charged; Minneapolis Star Tribune - Deputy: Bullet Holes 'Everywhere'; Minneapolis Star Tribune - Jourdain's Son to be Tried as Juvenile; CNN - Guilty Plea Stems From School Shooting; Reuters - Teen Sentenced in Minnesota School Shooting

Swayimane High School, Wartburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Three men came to Swayimane High School this evening to talk with a 47-year-old teacher about school fees.  The talk grew to an argument and climaxed at a stabbing as the teacher was stabbed in the neck.  The three men fled the school at that point and school officials found the teacher at 7:40 p.m. By that time, however, he had already died.

Source: - Police Probe Fatal Stabbing of Teacher

Indiana Area Senior High School, Indiana, Pennsylvania

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

A call to 911 was placed at 2:04 p.m. today saying there was a man wearing sweat pants and a fanny pack carrying a gun on Fifth Street.  Police officers made their way to Fifth Street and our suspect, 51-year-old Joseph W. Stank, noticed them coming toward him.  He pocketed the gun and entered Indiana Area Senior High School's main office building and asked for a job application. The secretary's directed him to Central Administration so that he could pick up an application.  He wasn't too happy about that, but he left the building peacefully.  As he left the building, he pulled out the gun again. On the sidewalk, Joseph was confronted by a Indiana Borough Detective Scott Schuller.  Scott told Joseph to drop the gun, but he refused.  Scott then fired two shots from his 12-guage shotgun, striking Joseph in the neck and chest.  He was rushed to Indiana Regional Medical Center where he died.  After the shooting, Scott inspected the gun that Joseph had and discovered it to be an air pistol.  Police said that Joseph has a history with local police and mental health officials.  The county coroner said that Joseph also had a record of drug and alcohol abuse and mental instability. The district attorney said that Scott acted properly and would not file charges.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Man With Air Pistol Shot Dead by Police in Indiana, PA; Centre Daily Times - Coroner Says Police Were Justified in Shooting Man Near School

Fairley High School, Memphis, Tennessee

Thursday, March 24, 2005

As 17-year-old girl reached into her purse today, the loaded gun she had in there went off.  The bullet struck her in the arm.  She was transported to the Regional Medical Center for treatment of bullet wound and was charged as a juvenile for bringing a weapon onto school property.

Source: Dallas Morning News - Student Accidentally Shoots Self at Memphis School

Haster Day (High) School, Garden Grove, California

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Also today, police were called to the Haster Day School around 10:00 to investigate a stabbing of a 15-year-old boy by one of his classmates, also 15.  The two boys were arguing outside the school when one of them pulled a knife and stabbed the other in the back.  The injured boy was treated by paramedics and then taken to the hospital.  The stabber fled on his bicycle and arrested at his home a short time later.  Haster Day School is an alternative-options school for troubled youngsters in grades 8 - 12 and those in work- and independent-study programs. 

Source: OC Register - School Stabbing in Garden Grove

Alice Maxwell Elementary School, Sparks, Nevada

Friday, March 25, 2005

Two local gangs met up at this school late tonight to fight it out over a girl.  A boy from each gang were fighting over her and instead of it being boy against boy, it became gang against gang.  About 20 juveniles were in the parking lot when the fight started.  During the fight, a 16-year-old boy stabbed another boy in the neck and chest.  The wounded boy was taken to Washoe Medical Center and was in stable condition by Easter morning, March 27.  The stabber was arrested Easter morning and charged as an adult on suspicion of attempted murder.  He did confess to the stabbing.

Source: Reno Gazette-Journal - Teen Arrested in Stabbing

Terakki High School, Istanbul, Turkey

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

One man's spontaneous decision brings school violence to Turkey today.  A series of violent robberies had the police out in force today.  They stopped a man and asked for his identification.  He fired his gun at them and ran into a workshop at this private school in the affluent Levent neighborhood.  He held a  laboratory worker and a teacher hostage for two hours before releasing them.  Police tried to talk the man into surrendering, but he shot himself.  He was rushed to a hospital where his condition was unknown.

Source: News 24 - Bloody End to Hostage Drama

East High School, Memphis, Tennessee

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Six days after a girl shot herself in the arm at Fairley High School, another student wounds himself in another Memphis high school classroom.  At 11:00 this morning a handgun being carried by a 17-year-old boy accidentally went off.  The boy ran out of the classroom holding his leg, however, he only received a minor powder burn.  He was picked up by police over a mile away from the school and could be charged with possessing a weapon on school grounds.

Source: Memphis Commercial Appeal - Schools Examine Security After Classroom Gunfire

Cayuga Community College, Auburn, New York

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Bradley Laning and Andrea Kell, both 17, met up at Cayuga Community College late this afternoon to discuss problems in their relationship.  The college campus was closed for spring break so the troubled couple had free reign of the school's walking trails.  The conversation must have gone very bad as Bradley pulled out a kitchen knife and stabbed Andrea in the abdomen.  Unlike other recent stabbers, Bradley stayed with Andrea as she lay on the ground, slowly bleeding to death.  Another male walking down the trail noticed Bradley kneeling over Andrea and the pool of blood Andrea was lying in.  He returned home and called 911 at 4:09 p.m.  Police rushed to the scene, but by the time they arrived, Andrea had died.  Bradley turned himself into police at 5:20 and admitted he killed Andrea.  He was arraigned and held without bail.  Andrea attended classes at Weedsport High School where she was a junior.  Bradley was a former student of WHS.  And so ends the incredibly violent of month of March 2005.  There were 23 school days this month, 18 if you factor in spring break.  In those 23 (18) days, I found 43 acts of school violence.  You do the math, we're loosing the battle of keeping our children safe in their schools.

Source: Fox 23 News - Teenager Stabbed to Death at Cayuga CC; The (Auburn) Citizen - 17-Year-Old Killed on CCC's Nature Trail

Jardine Middle School, Wichita, Kansas

Friday, April 1, 2005

This morning a 13-year-old boy stabbed a 13-year-old girl in the back and then held the knife to another student's neck before the school's resource officer could disarm him.  The teen was arrested and charged with suspicion of aggravated battery.

Source: Wichita Eagle - Jardine Student Arrested in Attack With Knife

William B. Travis Academy / Vanguard for the Academically Talented and Gifted (Middle School), Dallas, Texas

Friday, April 1, 2005

Also this morning, in a bizarre turn of events, a teacher attacked another teacher in a classroom filled with students.  Several students were milling about the lockers when seventh-grade science teacher Mary Oliver told them to go to class.  One of the students in the group was in the eighth-grade and her mother is a teacher at North Dallas High School .  The girl was rather upset and went to the counselor's office, where they called her mother, 45-year-old Paulette Baines.  Paulette arrived and confronted Mary in her third-period classroom, yelling at her as she crossed the room.  Mary tried to persuade Paulette to move the conversation outside into the hall, but Paulette kept coming at her.  Paulette grabbed Mary's hair, pulled her out of her chair and dragged her across the floor.  Paulette punched Mary in the face several times and kicked her repeatedly.  Several students pulled Paulette off of Mary while other students went to get the school's resource officer.  Mary, 45, suffered bruises to her face, a concussion and two broken ribs. Paulette was charged with assault with bodily injury and bonded out of jail the next day.  On Wednesday, May 10, 2006, Paulette was convicted of assaulting a public servant.

Source: Dallas Morning News - Teacher Arrested in Attack; Dallas Morning News - Teacher Found Guilty of Assault in Beating of Fellow Educator

Montwood High School, El Paso, Texas

Friday, April 1, 2005

At lunch today two boys got into a fight, one was an unnamed 16-year-old and the other is 18-year-old Edgar Adrian Bonilla.  During the fight, Edgar was stabbed in the leg with a butterfly knife.  He was treated at Thomason Hospital for the minor stab wound while the 16-year-old was quickly captured by school security personnel.  He was charged with aggravated assault.

Source: KFOX Channel 14 - Stabbing at Montwood High; El Paso Times - Montwood Student, 18, Stabbed at School

Nansan Middle School, Zhanjiang, Guangdong Province, China

Monday, April 4, 2005

Four days ago a man identified only as Meng lost his job as a carpenter.  Meng, in his 30's took out his frustration on the students at Nansan Middle School this today.  He broke into one of the classrooms and used a kitchen knife to injure eight students, two boys and six girls.  A student by the name of Chen was the most injured of the eight, with part of his left ear chopped off.  One female student had her middle finger reduced to a stump.  The other six students had head and hand injuries.  All were treated at a local hospital for their injuries.  Police rushed to the school and a standoff began between them and Meng.  The standoff has just started it's second hour when Meng tried to commit suicide by jumping out the third story classroom window.  He landed on a cushion police had put in place earlier and arrested him.

Source: Brisbane (Australia) Courier-Mail: Knifeman Hurts Eight in Classroom

A High School in New York City, New York

Tuesday, April 5, 2005

At about 10 this morning, a 14-year-old male high school student was stabbed in his back and shoulder.  The instigator fled the scene and the report didn't state if he/she was a student or not.

Source: National School Safety and Security Services web site

Alfred Lawless High School, New Orleans, Louisiana

Wednesday, April 6, 2005

Principal Jacqueline Mahatha saw 16-year-old Jerome Brown on campus when he should have been in class.  She demanded that he head for class.  He laughed, assured her would and then promptly began walking off the campus with a friend. They almost made it to the school's perimeter on North Dorgenois and Andry when three vehicles approached them.  Terrence Petit, 20, Jovan Wesby, 28 and Melvin Gasper, 43, quickly exited the vehicles and surrounded the teens, flashing their guns.  Terrence ordered the two boys on to their knees and wanted them to tell him where his stolen vehicle was.  Jerome told them he didn't know anything about the stolen vehicle.  Terrence then shot him in the neck and his friend fled to the school.  Jerome was rushed to the hospital and treated for the gunshot wound, which paralyzed him.  Police were able to apprehend Terrence and Jovan, but Melvin is still at large.  On Thursday, Commissioner Joseph Giarrusso set Terrence's bail at $525,000 and charged him with attempted second-degree murder.  A week later at a hearing, he reduced the bail to $175,000 over the prosecutor's objections.  Jovan was arrested April 21, 2005 and charged with being a principal to attempted second-degree murder.  Two weeks later, Criminal Court Judge Charles Elloie reduced the bail even further by $25,000 and told Terrence to stay away from Jerome.  Judge Elloie also imposed a midnight to 1 p.m. curfew on Terrence, this allows him to continue to work at a restaurant to support his family.

Source: The Times-Picayune - School Shooting Over, But Fear Isn't

Canton High School, Canton, Texas

Thursday, April 7, 2005

Jeffrey Doyle Robertson drove to his son's high school today and shot the school's football coach, Gary Joe Kinne, in the chest.  This happened at about 9:15 a.m. Jeffrey was upset that his son had been cut from the football team.  Gary Joe, 37, is also the school's athletic director.  He was transported to Trinity Mother Frances Health System in Tyler and listed in critical condition. Jeffrey fled the scene and was found two hours later hiding in the woods on a golf course east of Canton.  He was trying to commit suicide by slashing his wrists when police arrested him. The school was locked down while police searched for Jeffrey, 44.  He was known to be a hothead, bullying his way through life with ill temper.  On Tuesday, June 14, 2005, Jeffrey was indicted on charges of aggravated assault on a public servant and possession of a weapon in a prohibited place by a Van Zandt County grand jury.  On Wednesday, March 1, 2006, a jury sentenced Jeffrey to 20 years in prison.

Source: Dallas Morning News - Coach Shot at E. Texas High School; Dallas Morning News - Coach Shot; Suspect Called a 'Time Bomb'; KLTV Channel 7 - Robertson Indicted in Canton High School Shooting; Dallas Morning News - Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Shooting Coach

Msgr. Fraser College Adult Day School, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Thursday, April 7, 2005

Three weeks after the stabbing in Etobicoke, another Toronto student is stabbed at school.  During lunch an 18-year-old student was stabbed in the shoulder.  This happened near the main doors of the school.  The injured male teen was rushed to Sunnybrook Hospital for treatment.  Police began looking for three suspects, but little else is known about the instigators.

Source: Toronto Sun - Knifed During Lunch

South High School, Cleveland, Ohio

Monday, April 11, 2005

I usually don't report on fights, unless, of course, they lead to an injury by a weapon, but every once in a while, a fight all by itself is worthy to be called an act of school violence.  This morning at 8 a.m., Assistant Principal Ruth Billingsley was meeting with four students in her office.  Her door was open and the sounds of chase began to filter in through the open doorway.  Running down the hall were students and an adult who is reported to have been a mother of one of the students. Her secretary called them all into Ruth's office for safety.  Once inside, Ruth looked through the door as a female student picked up a chair and threw it through door, right into Ruth.  She collapsed to the floor and was treated with an ice pack until an ambulance could take her to South Pointe Hospital for more extensive treatment.  While Ruth lay on the floor of her office, the chase moved to the other side of the building and climaxed in a fight.  A 17-year-old female student was injured during the fight and also transported to the hospital for treatment.  No arrests were immediately made.

Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer - Administrator, Student Hurt in Brawls at South High 

Southern Vance High School, Henderson, North Carolina

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Around 7:20 this morning, Bryant Oneal Evans stabbed Damaceo Bullock in his right thigh as the two boys rode school bus 172 to Southern Vance High School.  The bus driver, Hazel Hargrove, turned the bus around and dropped Damaceo and his 14-year-old brother off near his home, without telling her supervisors, even though she had a district issued cell phone for times like this.  She said Damaceo, who is developmentally disabled, was asking for his mother.  She then continued on the rest of the route.  This violates school policy and she was suspended.  Damaceo and his brother exited the bus at their normal stopped and walked a quarter-mile to their home.  His mother contacted authorities and he went to the hospital to have his leg stitched up. Bryant was arrested and charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon.  Both of the boys are 18.

Source: News 14 Carolina - Bus Driver Releases Student Stabbed on Way to School; The Daily Dispatch - Bus Driver Suspended After Stabbing Incident

Timber Creek High School, Orlando, Florida

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

David Roshak, 17, cut off Jonattan Robles, 18, as he drove onto the school's property today.  Jonattan didn't appreciate this at all and started to argue with David.  The argument turned into a fight and climaxed when Jonattan put David into a headlock and then bit off three-quarters of his left ear.  David was transported to the hospital where his ear was reattached.  Jonattan was charged with aggravated battery, aggravated assault and possession of a weapon on school property.  (I'm not sure how that last charge pertains to this story, but that's what the news story says.)

Source: ABC Action News - Orland Student Charged With Biting Off Ear of Classmate

Guru Angad Dev High School, Kot Mangal Singh, Ludhiana, Punjab, India

Friday, April 15, 2005

Satnam Singh, a Class XII student at the school, was having very friendly relations with one of his teachers.  The school's principal, Sukhpal Singh (no relation), even witnessed the May-December couple exchanging letters.  He pulled Satnam aside and threatened to expose the relationship and then he beat up the boy.  Satnam was able to return home under his own power.  However, his school clothes had been torn to pieces.  He told his uncle, Balbir Singh, that the principal had beaten him up for not wearing the school's uniform.  His family went to Guru Angad Dev to meet with the principal and while they were gone, Satnam filled his stomach with poison.  Police began to raid the town, looking for Sukhpal.  His family returned and saw what Satnam had done to himself.  He was rushed to CMCH where he died.  His family didn't take this tragic turn of events to well as after Satnam had died, they returned to the school and set it on fire. They burnt the school record, broke windows and furniture and brought the building down to ash.  Satnam was cremated on Saturday evening.  On Sunday, April 17, 2005, Sukhpal surrendered to the police at the Shimlapuri police station. So all in all, we have the beating of a student by the principal, the student's suicide and the burning of the school by the student's family.  What a terrible weekend.

Source: - Suicide Case: School Principal Surrenders

  Linden-Kildare High School, Linden, Texas

Friday, April 15, 2005

Just after 11:00 this morning, during gym class, a student stabbed one of his 16-year-old classmates in the shoulder, side and back of the head.  The wounds were minor and the instigator was arrested.  When paramedics arrived, a teacher and a parent were administering first aid to the wounded boy.  He was transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Linden and listed in stable condition.  A witness reported that the 16-year-old had spit on the boy, and he retaliated by stabbing him.

Source: KLTV Channel 7 - Teen Taken to Hospital After Stabbing

Kensington High School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Monday, April 18, 2005

An early morning altercation between 18-year-old Danielle Morris and a 15-year-old sophomore female led to a lunch time stabbing.  Danielle was sent to the office after the morning altercation was broken up.  When she left the office, she went to the school's annex building and found the sophomore.  She produced a knife and stabbed the young girl in her lower back and buttocks before fleeing the scene.  The injured girl ran back to the office and a vice principal was able to recover the paring knife from the trash can Danielle had dropped it into.  The injured girl was taken to Temple University Hospital and Danielle was arrested.  She was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and possession of an instrument of a crime.

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer - Girl Stabbed at High School

Marlborough High School, Marlborough, Massachusetts

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

The six-year anniversary of the Columbine massacre almost passed without incident.  Late this evening, 17-year-old Jamie Pelletier was driving around town with her ex-boyfriend when 18-year-old Jennifer Orangio spotted them.  Jennifer is now dating Jamie's ex.  She followed the former couple and Jamie pulled into Marlborough High School's parking lot to confront Jennifer.  Both girls, who had recently dropped out of MHS, got out of their cars and began arguing.  The exchange of words turned into a fight when they started pushing each other.  During this portion of the fight, Jamie picked up a full glass bottle of Twisted Tea, threatening to smash it over Jennifer's head.  Jennifer challenged her, yelling, "Go ahead, do it!"  So... Jamie smashed the tea bottle on top of Jennifer's head and then jammed the broken bottle into her face repeatedly.  The authorities were called and they found Jennifer unconscious lying in a pool of her own blood in the school's parking lot.  She had deep facial lacerations with blood shooting out up to eight inches away from one of the cuts on her lip. Jennifer was taken to a local hospital for treatment and Jamie was arrested and charged with mayhem and assault and battery with a deadly weapon. She pleaded not guilty to the felony charge of assault and battery with a deadly weapon.

Source: Metro West Daily News - Suspect in Slashing Will Return to Court; Newsweek - Bad Girls Go Wild

Julian Thomas Elementary School, Racine, Wisconsin

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Yesterday, three bullies beat up an 8-year-old boy. The boy was scared and wanted to protect himself the next day.  Just before school began today, Racine police received a call from Julian Thomas Elementary School reporting their principal had been assaulted by a student. The call came in about 8:30 a.m. and police went to the school.  They found Principal Angela Ress Apmann "somewhat responsive" after being struck several times by a 28-inch long, 1 1/2-inch thick wooden pole that was wielded by the 8-year-old boy.  Principal Apmann saw the boy carrying the pole onto the campus and went to him to take the pole away.  He began to swing the pole and pummeled her until other staff members were able to subdue him.  Police recovered the pole, which was now broken in three places.  Principal Apmann was transported to St. Mary's Medical Center where she was treated for multiple lacerations to her upper body and head.  The young instigator was released to his mother.  She took a nap and the boy went back to school to play with his friends on the playground. On Friday the boy was restless in juvenile court as he charged with two counts of battery.  Court Commissioner Georgia Herrera removed the boy from his mother's custody after learning the boy's return to the school.

Source: The Journal Times - Boy, 8, Arrested After Attacking Principal With Wooden Pole; The Journal Times - 8-Year-Old Charged in Battery of Principal; The Journal Times - 'Big Deal out of Nothing,' Says Mother of Boy Accused of Attacking Principal With Pole

St. Patrick's Primary School, Enniskillen, Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

Friday, April 22, 2005

A shooting around 1:10 this afternoon on the school's playground resulted in 5-year-old Darragh Summers being taken to Erne Hospital with a serious head wounded.  Of the 180 children on the playground at the time, he was the only one injured.   The boy was later transported to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and listed in critical condition.  The weapon was a .22-caliber rifle, although initial reports listed it as an air pistol.  No reference to a suspect was made in this news story. Police believe the shooting was accidental and are still looking for a suspect.  On Wednesday, August 24, 2005, police arrested 70-year-old Fergus Cleary and then later released him on a £500 bail.  Police said there is not another suspect they are looking for. Fergus's trial date is set for Tuesday, June 19, 2007. St. Patrick's is a Catholic school in Enniskillen.

Source: BBC News - Boy, Five, Injured in 'Shooting'; Ireland On-Line - PSNI to Quiz Children After School Shooting Horror; BBC News - Rifles Seized in Shooting Probe; BBC News - Man Freed Over Schoolboy Shooting; BBC News - Schoolboy Shooting Trial Date Set

Machen Elementary School, Newport, Virginia

Friday, April 22, 2005

Around 6:15 this evening on the school's outdoor basketball court, two men were shooting hoops when they began to argue.  The exchange of words escalated and one of them pulled out a knife and stabbed the his opponent in the back.  The wounded man was taken to Riverside Regional Medical Center for treatment. Police began hunting the instigator.

Source: Daily Press - Man Stabbed During Basketball Court Fight

Leon Godchaux Junior High School, Reserve, Louisiana

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

This morning a 15-year-old male student brought what he believed to be a cigarette lighter to school.  It was actually a .25-caliber semiautomatic handgun he had gotten from a 14-year-old fellow male classmate. He kept it in his pocket and when he put his hand into his pocket during math class around 10 a.m. the gun went off.  All of the students fled the room.  The boy threw the gun into a drain and then told school administrators where to find the weapon.  The 14-year-old boy said he found the gun this morning before coming to school.  However, it wasn't clear exactly where that was. The two boys were taken to the juvenile correction center in LaPlace and charged with illegal possession of a concealed weapon.  The older boy was also charged with illegal discharge of a weapon.

Source: L'Observateur - Godchaux Student Fires Handgun in Class

Roosevelt High School, Des Moines, Iowa

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Around 1:00 in the school's parking lot an altercation broke out between two Roosevelt students and a former student.  The altercation became physical when 18-year-old Hieu Tran used a sword to slice Chris Bennett, 17, across the wrist.  The school's nurse treated Chris initially before he was transported to the hospital.  Hieu was taken into custody later in the day and charged with willful injury.

Source: Des Moines Register - Roosevelt Student is Charged in Stabbing; Des Moines Register - Police Haven't Found Sword Used in Stabbing

Daniel E. Morgan Elementary School, Cleveland, Ohio

Friday, April 29, 2005

An unknown assailant fired several shots into Daniel E. Morgan Elementary School today.  One of the bullets smashed a window and struck secretary Pat Smith.  She was taken to the hospital for treatment.  Police were able to recover a shell casing, and began looking for the shooter.  They found him a couple of days later and identified him as 17-year-old Donavon Jones. On Monday, May 9, 2005, he was arraigned in juvenile court and released by court order for home detention with an ankle bracelet.  However, the police were informed on Tuesday morning that the company that monitor's the signal wasn't getting anything from Donavon's home.  Police went to his house where his grandmother said the boy was missing.  Police began looking for the boy again.

Source: WKYC Channel 3 - Bullets Fly Into Local Elementary School; WKYC Channel 3 - Teen Accused of Nearly Shooting Secretary Missing 

Asha Pre-School, Mapetla, Soweto, South Africa

Tuesday, May 3, 2005

The gates to Asha Pre-School usually remain locked during the day to protect the students.  Today, the husband of Principal Nthabiseng Nkoni came to the gates about 11:15 a.m. and was allowed entry to the school.  The couple talked outside of the school building for several minutes before going inside.  Once inside, Thembi Nkhwashu, Nthabiseng's husband, shot her in the back of the head and right shoulder.  He was still holding the gun when he came out of building demanding the gate keys.  Thembi was able to leave the school as teachers rushed into Nthabiseng's office to see what help they could offer her, but she was dead. Two days later, Thembi went to the Moroka police station to turn himself in.  Instead, he shot a journalist in the arm who was interviewing him and then committed suicide.

Source: - Principal Shot Dead on School Grounds; - Murder Suspect Shoots Self, Journo

Marshall High School, Chicago, Illinois

Tuesday, May 3, 2005

An ongoing dispute between two female students climaxed in geometry class today when a 16-year-old girl stabbed 17-year-old Debra Speight four times with a steak knife.  Debra was stabbed twice in the chest, once in the ear and once in the armpit.  The school's police officer immediately arrested the young instigator and obtained a confession from her.  The school went into lockdown while police searched for the knife.  Debra was transported to Mt. Sinai Hospital for treatment.  The girl was charged with attempted murder the following day.

Source: NBC 5 - Marshall Classroom Dispute Leads to Girl's Stabbing; NBC 5 - High School Stabbing Victim Recalls Classroom Attack

Henninger High School, Syracuse, New York

Wednesday, May 4, 2005

During lunch today Jerrell Brooks, 15, and 16-year-old fellow classmate Jozell Richardson were in the parking lot when Jerrell asked to borrow Jozell's cell phone.  When Jozell tried to get his cell phone back, Jerrell stabbed him several times in the back and chest.  Jozell was taken to University Hospital for treatment.  Police recovered the knife, apprehended the young instigator, and charged him with felony assault and criminal possession of a weapon.  The stabbing took place at 12:30 p.m.  Jerrell pleaded guilty in June 2005 to felony first-degree assault.  On Friday, September 9, 2005, Jerrell was sentenced to six months in jail and five years probation.

Source: Capital News 9 - Stabbing at Syracuse High School; The Post Standard - Police: Henninger Teen Stabbed Over Cell Phone; Newsday - Teen Sentenced in School Parking Lot Stabbing

Valley Stream South High School, New York City, New York

Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Out on Long Island this afternoon, 19-year-old Michael Reed stabbed a 17-year-old male several times with a pocket knife before the boy managed to escape and enter Valley Stream South High School.  Several students helped him and the school nurse began to treat his wounds.  Later, he was transported to Nassau University Medical Center via helicopter.  Police arrested Michael at Green Acres Mall shortly after the stabbing.  Neither of the two boys attend the school.

Source: WINS 1010 Radio - Knife Fight at Valley Stream South High School

Adam Stephens Middle School, Salem, Oregon

Wednesday, May 4, 2005

The west coast wasn't immune to school violence as the third act of school violence popped up in Salem, Oregon just before 11:30 a.m. today.  For no apparent reason, a 12-year-old male sixth-grader stabbed a 13-year-old male seventh-grader in the lower back with a extended-blade box cutter.  The older boy didn't realized he had been stabbed until he walked into class and another student noticed the blood.  He was taken to Salem Hospital for treatment.  The younger boy brought the weapon from home and was charged with second-degree assault.  Five other students were also taken into custody. They were charged with conspiracy to commit third-degree assault.  All six of them were taken to the Marion County Juvenile Detention Facility.

Source: Statesman Journal - 7th-Grader Stabbed at School; - Salem Middle School Student Stabbed by Other Student

Capuchino High School, San Bruno, California

Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Shortly after 3 p.m. today a male10th-grader and a ninth-grader began fighting in a walkway between two buildings at Capuchino High.  The ninth-grader pulled a knife and stabbed the 10th-grader several times to bring the fight to a climatic, and bloody, end.  Francisco Pepin, Dean of Students, rushed to the wounded student while Paul Bellzer, an assistant principal, went after the fleeing ninth-grader.  Paul was able to stop the 15-year-old instigator as police arrived.  He was taken into custody.  The injured boy, 15, was taken to San Francisco General Hospital for his injuries.  The knife, with a 2 1/2 inch blade, was recovered from a school trashcan.

Source: San Mateo Daily Journal - Capuchino Student Stabbed; San Francisco Examiner - Stabbed Capuchino Student Stable

DuVal High School, Greenbelt, Maryland

Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Also this afternoon, another fight between students led to one of them being stabbed, this time on the bus ride home.  Two10th-grade males were fighting when one them pulled a knife and stabbed the other multiple times.  The injured student was taken to Prince George's County Hospital Center where he was treated and released.  The instigator was arrested by county police.  Several teens had been wearing t-shirts reading "Rest in Peace" with the wounded boy's name, birthday and supposed date of death, April 29, 2005.  This was the date of the school's spring dance.  The school called off the dance because of the threatening shirts.  School officials gave the boy his grades and today was his last day at school.

Source: Washington Examiner - Teen Stabbed on School Bus

Saginaw High School, Saginaw, Michigan

Monday, May 9, 2005

Around 12:30 this afternoon, near the end of freshman lunch, an argument began between two 15-year-old females was subdued when the school's guards directed the two females to go to the office.  One of the young girls called her older sisters, 17 and 20, and her 42-year-old mother to come to the school to talk to the principal.  They arrived and chatted with the principal.  When they left, they spotted the other 15-year-old girl in the hallway and attacked her.  The 17-year-old sister was flanked by her sister and mother as she used a razor blade to slash the 15-year-old's neck.  The fight drew a crowd and some of them, up to eight, joined in, whether to stop the fight or incite a riot, it is not known.  The school's guards regained order in about three minutes and paramedics led the injured 15-year-old girl away for treatment.  Police arrested the sisters and mother who had come to their sibling's / daughter's call.  Sure would have been easier to type this up (and a lot easier to understand) if the newspaper had listed the names of all those girls, don't you think?

Source: The Saginaw News - Attack Sparks School Fight

Bancroft Elementary School, Wilmington, Delaware

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

This afternoon while students were at recess, someone fired a BB gun at the students on the playground.  A sixth-grade girl was injured when the BBs struck her.  Teachers quickly rounded up the students, got them inside and called police. The school nurse initially treated the girl's wounds, but was later transported to Wilmington Hospital.

Source: WPVI Channel 6 - Girl Wounded in BB Gun Shooting

Memorial Middle School, Harlingen, Texas

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Also today, two 12-year-old boys carried out what they believed to a big joke.  The joke involved sticking several of their classmates with used Lancet needles and saying, "Now you have AIDS."  Lancet needles are used by diabetics to test their blood sugar.  They are a solid needle and not hollow like the syringe.  The boys pricked 30 students with the needles before being turned over to the police.  All of the students who were pricked were tested for HIV and Hepatitis B as a precautionary measure.  The next day, police arrested four more students in connection with the two boys.  All of the detained students were sent to the juvenile detention center in San Benito and face aggravated assault charges.

Source: KGBT Channel 4 - Students Accused of Pricking Classmates with Needles; KGBT Channel 4 - Four More Students Arrested

Luther Burbank High School, Sacramento, California

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Before school started this morning out on the west coast, Miguel Valenzuela, Greg Guiterrez, Agustine Sanchez, all 18, and an unnamed 17-year-old boy approached 15-year-old sophomore Byron Rodriguez and two of his friends who were at the front steps to the school.  The group exchanged words about Byron being a part of a gang (which he isn't) and then the unnamed 17-year-old boy stabbed Byron in the abdomen with a small knife.  The quartet then fled the scene, heading toward the light rail station.  Police were able to apprehend them later in the day at a nearby house.  All four of them were charged with assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy and street gang terrorism.  Byron was transported to UC Davis Medical Center and listed in fair condition.  The campus does have 20 security cameras in operation scattered about, however, none of them focus on the front steps to the school.

Source: KCRA Channel 3 - 4 Arrested in Burbank High Stabbing; KCRA Channel 3 - High School Stabbing Victim Speaks Out

Queen Street Baptist (Middle) School, Belize City, Belize

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

An international act of school violence wraps up the day.  This afternoon during the school's sports day at the M. C. C. Grounds, a ruckus between two boys climaxed when one of them stabbed the other.  The fight began around 3:30 between Clinton Gill, 13, and an unnamed 12-year-old boy.  Apparently, one of the younger boy's friends took a wheel off of his bicycle.  The younger boy thought it was Clinton who absconded with his wheel.  He confronted him and even though Clinton told the younger boy he didn't take the wheel, the younger boy punched him in the mouth, pulled out a wooden-handled ice pick and stabbed Clinton in the left side of his back. Clinton was transported to Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where doctor's discovered Clinton's lung had been punctured.  Police responded quickly to the ruckus and were able to apprehend the young stabber.

Source: Channel 5 Belize - One Teen Hospitalized, Another in Custody Following Stabbing

Acorn High School for Social Justice, New York City, New York

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

An earlier fight between a 15-year-old girl and 18-year-old Princess Starasia McAllister led to a second, more physical fight between the two females.  The second fight started in a third-floor stairwell around 11:45 a.m. when the younger girl bumped into Princess and did not apologize.  The girls fought in the stairwell briefly before the younger girl pulled out a serrated knife and tried to slash Princess on the head.  Princess fled down the stairs into the attendance office on the first floor.  The young girl was in hot pursuit and when she caught up to her in the office, she stabbed Princess.  The wounded girl fled the office, but collapsed in the hallway where the younger girl stabbed her three more times.  Student Melvin Bunche, 16, got a little too close to the scene and had one of his fingers nicked by the knife.  A school aide was able to wrestle the knife from the enraged young stabber and bring the violence to an end.  The four stab wounds were to Princess's head and back.  The fight over, and her weapon taken away, the young stabber fled the Brooklyn school.  Princess was transported to Kings County Hospital and listed in stable condition.  The next day, police had the young stabber in custody. The school has 550 students and no metal detectors.

Source: New York Post - High School Knife Fury; WINS 1010 Radio - Teenager Arrested in Brooklyn School Stab

Ferndale Middle School, High Point, North Carolina

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Just 40 minutes after Princess McAllister was bumped in the stairwell at AHS, another girl stabbed another student, this time in North Carolina.  Two 14-year-olds, a boy and a girl, were playing in a classroom when the playing became serious.  The girl grabbed a pair of six-inch scissors and lunged at the boy.  She nicked his right hand and then plunged the scissors two inches deep into his upper right chest.  The boy was rushed to High Point Regional Hospital where he was treated and released on Thursday.  The girl was apprehended and charged as a juvenile with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.  She is being held at a juvenile detention center awaiting trial.

Source: Winston-Salem Journal - Girl Charged With Assault After Stabbing Classmate With Scissors

Woodward High School, Toledo, Ohio

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Students at Woodward High change classes around 2 p.m. each day.  During that change time, two girls passed each other in the hall. One girl had a pen sticking out of her purse and it stabbed the other girl in the leg.  The owner of the pen realized she had accidentally stabbed the other girl and asked her if she was okay.  The other girl said yes and saw that she was bleeding, so she went to the office.   The girl with the pen told a teacher what happened.  Police ruled this an accident.

Source: 13ABC News - Woodward Stabbing Scare

Whitfield Town, Kingston, Jamaica

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Heavy rains soaked Kingston today and that means one thing, robbers come out along Maxfield Avenue to exploit the bad road conditions.  This afternoon a bus full of students was heading down Maxfield Avenue when a group of heavily armed men approached the bus.  All of them had handguns and they tried to open the door.  When they failed at that, they opened fire on the bus.  The bus driver, Anthony Gordon, shifted to reverse and backed out of the area.  As he fled, the gunmen riddled the bus with bullets: five windows were shattered, seven bullets pierced the windshield, three bullets were lodged in the dashboard and several bullets ripped through the side of the bus.  Amazingly, none of the bullets hit any of the students or Anthony.  All of the students are from Portmore, St. Catherine, Jamaica.  Police began a manhunt for the gunmen.

Source: The Jamaica Observer - Gunmen Open Fire on Bus Carrying School Children

Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, Kansas

Thursday, May 12, 2005

An intoxicated 20-year-old male student stabbed two of his classmates today and threatened to kill himself.  The staff at Blalock Hall called police who arrived and were able to get the man to drop all three of his knives and surrender to them.  He was arrested on two counts of aggravated assault.

Source: Haskell Regents Look Into Campus Violence

Aptakisic-Tripp Junior High School, Buffalo Grove, Illinois

Friday, May 13, 2005

Yesterday, two seventh-grader band members were arguing over the Internet.  At one computer sat a 12-year-old boy and at the other computer sat a 12-year-old girl.  The young girl apologized to the boy for the argument, but he didn't accept her apology.  In her diary she wrote that she wanted to get revenge.  Around 8:00 in the evening, she e-mailed the boy and asked him to meet her tomorrow morning outside the school before classes began.  She then took a kitchen steak knife with a  4- to 5-inch blade from the dishwasher, placed it and a poem about revenge in a shoebox and wrapped a ribbon around the box, as though it was a gift to the boy.  Today, the young girl arrived at school looking for the boy, but he didn't meet her.  She began to wander around the school and found him working on a computer in a French classroom.  She asked a friend to get him to come out of the classroom so that the two could talk.  During the talk she was going to lead him to a stairway where she was going to stab him with the knife.  However, the boy would not leave the classroom.  So, she entered the room, pulled the knife from the box and buried it (all the way to the handle) into the boy's lower back.  She fled the room but later turned herself in at the school's office.  The boy was transported to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights where he was treated for a collapsed lung.  The knife was between his third and fourth ribs and he is expected to make a full recovery. The school went into lockdown and the police were called just after 7:30 a.m.  The girl was taken into custody and charged with attempted first-degree murder on Monday, May 16, 2005, in Associate Circuit Judge Sarah Lessman's courtroom at the Depke Juvenile Justice Complex and Hulse Detention Center in Vernon Hills.  On Thursday, June 23, 2005, she pleaded guilty to a charge of armed violence in a deal worked out with her lawyers and the court.  On Wednesday, August 24, 2005, the young girl was sentenced to five years probation, can only leave her house for psychiatric treatment or school, must perform 500 hours of community service and is prohibited from using the Internet, a cell phone or any other device capable of sending a text message.

Source: Chicago Tribune - Police: School Stabbing was 'Premediated'; Chicago Tribune - Girl, 12, Charged in Attack on Pupil; Chicago Tribune - Girl Admits Guilt in Attack; Chicago Sun-Times - 12-Year-Old Girl Get Probation in School Stabbing

Berkner High School, Richardson, Texas

Saturday, May 14, 2005

This evening a group of Berkner students had an unpleasant run-in with a group of teens from Rowlett at the Skate Zone on Centennial Drive.  Just before 6:30 this evening, Rowlett Police received a 911 call stating that 20 people were gathering at the Skate Zone for a fight.  By the time police had arrived, the crowd had dispersed peacefully.  But that is not the end of the story.  About three hours later, plans were in the works to finish the fight in Berkner's parking lot, a place the teens usually hang out at.  The Rowlett teens arrived in about six cars and the Berkner students were ready for them.  A single punch was thrown and then bullets started flying when one of the teens pulled out a 9mm handgun.  One of the bullets struck Ryan Hammonds in the abdomen.  Ryan is part of the Berkner student's group.  Other bullets hit the school and one of the vehicles.  Ryan was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital for treatment of the gunshot wound.  Richardson police arrested 17-year-old Timothy Wayne Fouse on Sunday afternoon in connection with this shooting.

Source: Dallas Morning News - Richardson Teen Shot While Watching Fight From Sidelines; WFAA Channel 8 - Richardson Teen Shot During Fight

Punta Gorda Middle School, Punta Gorda, Florida

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

While driving the students home on his bus route, 66-year-old Albert M. Taylor repeatedly asked Corey Gene Hendershot, 13, to put on his seat belt.  When Corey refused, Albert asked him to come to the front of the bus.  Corey still refused to listen to Albert's instructions.  Albert stopped the bus, walked to the rear of the bus with the intent of dragging Corey to the front.  As Albert approached Corey, his stepbrother, Mark Ernest Dickinson, 15, jumped into the aisle and cursed at Albert saying, "Hey, mother f-----!" Albert spun around and slapped Mark in the face and grabbed his throat.  He let the boy go, returned to the driver's seat and called for a county deputy to come to the bus.  He got up and went back toward Corey. Mark was right there in the aisle and the boy pushed Albert in the chest and hit him in the face.  Corey then punched Albert in the side.  When the sheriff's deputies arrived, they arrested Albert on charges of simple battery, and arrested the brothers on charges of felony assault or battery on specified officials or employees. The entire fight was caught on a surveillance camera and the clip circulated across the Internet.  Prosecutors dropped all charges against Corey and Mark two weeks later.  Prosecutors said they "cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that either of the boys violated a criminal law.  While the actions of Corey and Mark were disrespectful, rude and profane, their behavior needs to be addressed by their parents and the school district."  However, charges against Albert are proceeding.

Source: The News-Press - School Bus Driver, Teenagers Arrested After Fight on Bus; MSNBC - Florida Mom Fumes Over School Bus Fight Charges; Herald Tribune - Charge Dropped Against Teens in Bus Fight

Highland Elementary School, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Just after 3 this afternoon, and before classes had been dismissed for the day, a couple began to argue in the school's parking lot.  The couple was dating and they showed up in separate vehicles, she to pick up her child and he to keep the failed relationship together.  James Zeigler, 47, and Kim Keefer, 32, were exchanging heated words when James yelled, "Don't run away!"  He then pulled out a hand gun and fired several rounds into Kim, killing her.  He then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide.  None of the students witness the shooting and about an hour later, they left school using the back entrance.

Source: The Sentinel - Authorities Identify Shooting Victims; The Patriot-News - Schools Lock Down After Apparent Murder-Suicide

Sequoia High School, San Mateo, California

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

For an undisclosed reason, 18-year-old Suliasi Talisi brought a BB gun with him to his night classes at Sequoia High.  He opened fire on his classmates, striking one in the neck.  The pellets barely missed the vice principal and others.  He was taken into custody and pleaded not guilty to assault a week later in a California court room.

Source: The Daily Journal - Student Held in BB Shooting

 Locust Elementary School, Marengo, Illinois

Friday, May 20, 2005

19-year-old Richard A. Kitchens III was showing off his "soft-air" gun to his friends this afternoon around 3:00.  A "soft-air" gun is a hybrid between BB and paintball guns.  He showed the pistol off and then fired it several times at students as classes were being dismissed.  The bullets struck two boys, 12 and 13-years-old, but neither was seriously injured.  Richard was charged with aggravated battery.

Source: Chicago Tribune - Man Held in 'Soft-Air' Gun Incident Outside School

Bosse High School, Evansville, Indiana

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Yesterday, 16-year-old Kaneshia E. Warfield threatened to kill 15-year-old Calay Minor and that she would be at Bosse High School Saturday night to do the deed.  The school was hosting a talent show Saturday night and Kaneshia knew Calay would be there.  After the show, the two girls met on the school's south side and exchanged a few punches. Kaneshia then pulled out a kitchen knife and stabbed Calay in abdomen, slicing an artery.  She then gashed Calay's neck, collarbone and on her forehead between her eyes.  Calay's mother drove her wounded daughter to St. Mary's Medical Center for treatment.  Kaneshia was taken into custody, charged with attempted murder and held at Southwest Indiana Regional Youth Village in Vincennes for almost a week before going to Vanderburgh Juvenile Court in Evansville for an initial court hearing. 

Source: Evansville Courier & Press - Victim Threatened Before Fight, Police Say

Samuel B. Huey Public (Elementary) School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Claiming that her children were being racially harassed at their school since January, Shannon Berphiaume was fed up with school officials.  They tried to work with her, even offering to transfer her kids to another school, but she refused.  Yesterday, she threatened to drive her van into the school.  This morning, the 33-year-old mother loaded up her three children into their vehicle, drove the minivan to the school, jumped the curb and plowed into the school's front doors.  She jumped out holding up a sign that read "My children deserve not to be called by their color."  A bus attendant was on the other side of the door when Shannon came crashing through.  The 43-year-old woman was thrown to the ground.  She was transported to the hospital and treated for bumps and bruises.  This happened at 8:30 a.m. The ethnicity of the school is 91% black and Berphiaume and her children are white.  The Philadelphia Department of Human Services took custody of her children and will transfer them to another school.  Shannon faces aggravated assault charges as well as endangering the welfare of children.

Source: WCAU Channel 10 - Disgruntled Mom Crashes Van Into West Philadelphia School; WKYW - Channel 3 - Police: Angry Mom Crashes Into School

Booker T. Washington Heritage and Academic Center (High School), Shreveport, Louisiana

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

To avoid detection by the school's metal detectors, a 16-year-old boy left his .45-caliber handgun outside the school.  When he left school at 1:55 this afternoon, he retrieved his gun and shot himself in the leg as he attempted to pocket the gun.  He was able to throw the gun over a fence near Leonard C. Barnes Stadium before help arrived to take him to LSU Hospital for treatment.  When he is released from the hospital, police expect to charge him with having a weapon on school grounds.

Source: The Shreveport Times - 16-Year-Old Shoots Self in Leg; KTAL Channel 6 - Shreveport Boy Shoots Himself in the Leg

 Sandoval Elementary School, Denver, Colorado

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Also this afternoon, at 1:00, BB pellets assailed two teachers on playground duty at Sandoval Elementary School in Denver, Colorado.  Art teacher Ashley Nemeth was hit in the right calf and teacher's assistant Natina Berrios was struck in the neck. The pellets broke the skin, but the teachers were not seriously injured.  However, as a precaution, they were taken to the hospital for treatment.

Source: Denver Post - Suspected Pellet-Gun Shooting of Teachers at Denver School; Denver Post - Pellets Strike 2 Adults on Busy School Playground

Bensalem High School, Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Two 15-year-old boys got into a heap of trouble today as they tried to burn down their school by starting a fire in a south wing stairway.  The boys brought gasoline and matches to school to start the fire, but it was quickly taken under control when over 35 firefighters arrived.  The freshmen were charged with felony arson, risking a catastrophe, criminal mischief, possessing a weapon of crime, having a weapon on school property, institutional vandalism, disorderly conduct and conspiracy.   They pleaded non-adversarial in juvenile court.

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

Trinity High School, Washington, Pennsylvania

Wednesday, June 1, 2005

Two females began fighting today over an unknown topic.  The fight climaxed when one of them, a junior, stabbed her opponent, a sophomore, three times with a pair of scissors.  The younger girl was wounded was stabbed once in her back and twice in the arm.  She was transported to Washington Hospital for treatment while the instigator was taken into custody.

Source: Washington Observer-Reporter - Teen Stabbed with Scissors During Fight at Trinity

Positive Connections Alternative Middle School, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

Friday, June 3, 2005

For over a month a 16-year-old boy held a grudge over a basketball game against a 14-year-old classmate.  Shortly after 7 a.m. this morning, he acted on that grudge.  As the younger boy was getting off the bus at the school, the older boy walked up to him and stabbed him several times with a knife.  The stabber then fled the campus.  The non life threatening injuries were to the younger boy 's head and chest.  He was taken by ambulance to Luis Hospital for treatment.  The older boy was arrested and charged with third-degree assault and possession of a deadly weapon during a crime of violence.  The student body population is around 90.

Source: The Virgin Islands Daily News - 16-Year-Old Charged with Stabbing 14-Year-Old Fellow Student

A Middle School in Be'er Sheva, Negev, Israel

Sunday, June 5, 2005

Two young girls who are good friends started "friendly" pushing each other today.  The pushing turned violent when one of the girls pulled out a knife from her shoe and stabbed her friend in the thigh. The wounded girl was taken to Soroka Medical Center for treatment.  Police were able to apprehend the other girl who said she threw the knife away as she left the scene, the school's courtyard.

Source: - Be'er Sheva Eighth Grader Stabbed by Classmate

North Cumbria Technology College (Middle School), Carlisle, Cumbria, England

Monday, June 6, 2005

During lessons today, a 12-year-old boy pulled out a ball-bearing hand gun and fired it at one of his classmates, striking him in the side of the head.  The injured boy is 13.  The air gun injury was minor and no ambulance was called to the school.  However, police were called to the school and they confiscated the gun and the boys were permanently excluded from the school.

Source: News & Star - Pupil Shot During Lesson

Torrington Middle School, Torrington, Connecticut

Monday, June 6, 2005

Late this morning, two seventh grade 13-year-old boys were working on separate technology education projects when one of them got up and walked by the other boy, who was using an X-Acto knife.  The first boy said, "Be careful with that, you might hurt yourself.  As the boy passed him, the second boy stabbed him just below the waist on his right side.  The injured boy was transported to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital where he received two stitches.  The stabber was transported to Torrington Police headquarters and charged with breach of peace and second-degree assault.  He was released into the custody of his parents.

Source: Torrington Register Citizen - City Pupil Stabbed at Shop Class; Torrington Register Citizen - City School Officials to Expel Stabbing Suspect

Hallen Elementary School, Bridgeport, Connecticut

Monday, June 6, 2005

Just 51 miles south of Torrington, school violence strikes again in Connecticut.  A 53-year-old female second-grade teacher was working in her classroom after her pupils had left for the day.  A man walked in around 4 p.m. and asked her about some of the other people who might also work on the school.  She answered his questions and turned to resume her work.  He threw a shirt over her head and slammed her head repeatedly against a desk.  She was able to bite him on the hand, at which point he fled the school.  By Friday morning, police still hadn't made an arrest.

Source: The Connecticut Post - Police Probing Teacher Attack

Addelita Cancryn Junior High School, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Tuesday, June 7, 2005

This morning around 8:50, a 14-year-old boy was arguing with a co-ed on the school's grounds.  As the boy passed by her, she quickly produced a knife and swung at him, stabbing him in the left shoulder.  The school nurse treated the boy before taking him to the hospital.  Police charged the girl, who's age was not given, with third-degree assault.

Source: The Virgin Islands Daily News - Police Investigating Stabbing at Cancryn

Charlotte Amalie High School, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Wednesday, June 8, 2005

At the end of the school year students decide to settle old scores, at least that is the pattern at CAHS.  In the past few weeks, 15 fights have broken out at the high school.  Today the number moved up to 16.  A 15-year-old boy was in the area of Building C about 8:10 this morning when three boys approached him.  They were saying that someone was going to get stabbed.  The boy ignored them and went to class.  The trio followed him into the classroom and then assaulted him.  The boy fell to the floor as a fourth unnamed boy joined in the fray.  School monitors were able to stop the fight before any physical injuries were sustained.  Three of the instigators are 15-years-old and one is 17.  All four were charged with disturbing the peace and simple assault.  One of the 15-year-olds had a 4- to 5-inch long knife on him.  He was also charged with possession of a dangerous weapon.

Source: The Virgin Islands Daily News - 4 Arrested After Attack on Student at CAHS

Peter Lea Primary School, Fairwater, Cardiff, Wales

Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Early this afternoon (12:45 p.m.) students at Peter Lea were playing in the schoolyard when a 17-year-old male teen began firing an air rifle yards away from the school.  The teen was shooting at rabbits in a garden and apparently, didn't know how close the school kids were when he opened fire.  Teacher herded the two dozen students, age 9 to 11, inside the school and called police.  The shooter was charged with a minor firearms offence.

Source: - School Kid's Terror as Man Fires Air Rifle

Arlington High School, Poughkeepsie, New York

Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Later in the day at 2:32 p.m., 17-year-old Jeremy Jackson opened fire on his classmates with a BB gun while he was in a moving vehicle.  Two students received minor wounds from the flying pellets and were taken to Vassar Hospital for treatment.  Jeremy was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon, felony attempted assault, two counts of felony assault and two misdemeanor charges for reckless endangerment.  He bonded out of jail with $10,000 and his court date was scheduled for June 21, 2005 at 3:00.

Source: The Voice Ledger - BB Gun Shooting at School Leaves Two Injured

Hikari High School, Hikari, Yamaguchi, Japan

Friday, June 10, 2005

A quiet loner who wouldn't even respond to his teacher's questions skipped English class today, the first time he had ever missed a class on purpose.  He didn't leave school, though, instead he threw an 8-inch high jar filled with nails and gunpowder stripped from firecrackers into another classroom.  The homemade bomb exploded on impact, sending nails, glass, fire and smoke throughout the room filled with with 37 students and a teacher.  The most seriously injured student was a male with cuts to his legs and abdomen.  Another male student had his finger broken by the blast.  Students in the next door classroom where also injured with ear aches and shock.  In all, 58 students and teachers were injured.  The young bomber, 18, was apprehended by a male teacher and detained until the policed arrived. The police charged him with assault. Hikari is in southern Japan.

Source: Associated Press - Japanese Teen Threw Bomb Over Hurt Pride

Peace Memorial Elementary School, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Two boys who have a history of run ins in the past met up on the grounds of Peace Memorial for a fight this afternoon.  During the fight, between two 17-year-olds, one of the boys stabbed the other five times in the chest and back.  The injured boy was able to walk to a house on Queensdale Avenue where he had the occupant call for help.  Police arrested the instigator a few hours later at a townhouse complex on Quigley Road.

Source: Hamilton Mountain News - Police Arrest 17-Year-Old Stabbing Suspect

Siem Reap International (Elementary) School, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Siem Reap is a town known by tourists as the home the 800-year-old temple of Angkor Wat, one of the world's man-made wonders, in north west Cambodia.  Now it is also known as a town where school violence has come.  A South Korean man hired 23-year-old Chea Sokhom, a Cambodian man, to drive his children to and from the international school.  Recently, the South Korean man got angry at Chea and slapped him across the face.  Chea quit the job and returned to his hometown in the province of Kandal where he began plotting his revenge.  He came up with the idea of going into the school with a gun and killing the two South Korean children that he used to drive.  Chea purchased a handgun and got three of his buddies to help him out.  The four masked men, armed with the handgun and knives, stormed the school at 9:30 this morning and seized two kindergarten classes.  Apparently, holding 70 school kids hostage was too much for the four gunmen and they decided to release one whole class and hold the remaining 30 pupils and staff.  The children, ranging in age from 2 to 6, come from Australia, Cambodia, Canada, Great Britain, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, the United States, Taiwan and Thailand.  They were unable to find the South Korean children and now they had 30 kids and a teacher to deal with.  One of the children being held hostage was two-year-old Maxim Michalik from Canada.  The young boy was crying loudly and Chea, our revenge-seeking ringleader, silenced him with a bullet to his head.  The gunmen demanded six AK-47 assault rifles, six shotguns, two B-40 rockets, hand grenades, $30,000 and a car with a dozen seats to take them to Thailand.  They threatened to kill the children one by one if their demands weren't met.  Officials came up with a van and the $30,000, but didn't give the gunmen any more weapons.  The four gunmen allowed the police to bring the van into the school's complex. However, as the four gunmen tried to load up the van with themselves and children, the police decided it was time to take more aggressive steps to end the siege.  Two dozen police officers armed for combat stormed the school at that point.  By now, it was around 3:30 in the afternoon.  Police were able to free the remaining students and capture the four gunmen without further injury.  The gunmen were initially identified as school security guards, but later as small-town gangsters 22- to 25-years-old, looking for easy money.

Source: Xinhua News Agency - 70 Students Taken Hostage in Cambodia; BBC News - Child Dies as Cambodia Siege Ends; MSNBC - Police Seize Attackers in Cambodia School Siege; Yahoo! News - One Child Dead, Others Rescued in Cambodia; ABC News - Cambodian School Siege Ends, One Child Dead; BBC News - Cambodia Siege Suspects Quizzed; The Globe and Mail - Grudge Fuelled Assault on Cambodian School; Herald Sun - Tears Led to Child's Death

Kennedy Middle School, Springfield, Massachusetts

Thursday, June 16, 2005

For several weeks two 13-year-old girls at Kennedy Middle School have had an on going dispute between them.  One of girls even threatened the other by saying she would kill her.  This afternoon, that almost happened.  As they were riding the bus home at 2:35 p.m., the war of words continued.  When they reached their stop (at Armory and Stafford streets) and got off, one of the unnamed girls bent down to tie her shoe.  The other unnamed girl seized the easy opportunity and grabbed the girl in headlock.  She then stabbed the trapped girl at least six times in the neck and face with a folding knife.  Both of the girls ran off as witness began calling the police. The injured girl was taken from her home to Baystate Medical Center for treatment, including cuts to her nose, cheek and ear.  The instigator was arrested at her home, with the folding knife in her book bag.  She was charged with attempted murder, mayhem and delinquency by reason of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.

Source: The Boston Channel - Middle School Girl Allegedly Stabs Fellow Student; The Republican - Police: Girl, 13, Stabbed Student

Palmdale High School, Palmdale, California

Friday, June 17, 2005

Hours before Palmdale's seniors held their graduation ceremony, a brawl broke out near the athletic fields of the school.  A 17-year-old male who didn't attend Palmdale had approached the west fence around the football field to visit a friend.  His friends began arguing with some of the students and things turned physical when the unnamed boy was stabbed in the side by a Palmdale student.  Someone yelled out, "He got stabbed!"  A few students began to flee the scene while others, up to 75, began the brawl in earnest.  Two of the fighting students were struck with a baseball bat.  Police arrived to restore order and a couple of students turned on them.  Bricks were thrown at one police officer while another fought off a bat-swinging student.   Two 17-year-old male students were arrested, one of them had an electric-stun device.  They were booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon for attacking the police officer with bats.  The stabber was not caught.  The stabbed unnamed boy was flown to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills for treatment. The graduation ceremony went on without further incident.

Source: Los Angeles Daily News - High School Brawl Erupts

A Secondary School in Bujumbura, Bujumbura, Burundi

Thursday, June 23, 2005

A soldier who works for Colonel Isaie Simbare as a body guard disregarded his job description today and brought school violence to this small Central African nation.  Colonel Simbare is the Chief of Protocol in the president's office. The soldier's superior officers were absent today when he killed one of his colleagues, and then attempted to rape a nanny in Colonel Simbare's home.  However, other employees in the home stopped him from raping her, but not from killing her.  His gunfire also killed a 3-year-old child in the room.  He fled the home and entered a secondary school that was nearby and sprayed the school with bullets.  He killed a student, a teacher and a janitor.  The soldier then committed suicide.  The Burundi army said the soldier had been traumatized from exposure to the country's 12-year civil war. 

Source: - Soldier Goes on Shooting Rampage 

Tokorozawa Municipal Elementary School, Tokorozawa, Saitama, Japan

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Early this morning (around 3:20) half a dozen teenagers were setting off fireworks on the grounds of this school.  The teens had split up and a 15-year-old boy was with a co-ed alone on the grounds when a man came up behind them and stabbed the boy in the back.  The instigator disappeared into the night and the wounded boy was taken to the hospital where he was treated for his wounds.  Police began searching for the man, but so far he has eluded them.

Source: Mainichi Daily News - Man Stabs Student in Back in School Grounds

Meitoku Gijuku High School, Tosa, Kochi, Japan

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Two days later, another stabbing injures another Japanese student.  Around 10:20 this morning, students began to leave their Japanese language class when a 17-year-old boy sprayed another 17-year-old boy with a waterproofing chemical.  The two boys began a physical fight that climaxed when the instigator pulled out a knife and stabbed his opponent in the back and stomach.  The injured boy was taken the hospital.  The instigator was arrested by police.  He told them he fully intended to kill his opponent.  He also said as much in two messages on his Internet diary, "I'm infuriated and I want to commit murder," and "I hate him."

Source: Mainichi Daily News - Teen Admits Trying to Kill Classmate in Stabbing

Dr. William L. Cobb (Day Care) School, San Francisco, California

Tuesday, July 5, 2005

Deanne Bradford was locked in a heated custody battle with her estranged husband, Roger Johnson, over one of their children.  Last week, a judge awarded custody of 2-year-old James to Deanne. She told her friends that Roger was stalking her.  This morning, she, and four of her children, left a San Francisco shelter for their school.  She dropped them off at 7:30 a.m. and as she was returning to her car, Roger appeared in the school's courtyard.  He shot her multiple times until she died and then fled the scene.  Five hours later, with his family gathered around him at his request, Roger killed himself while sitting in his car.


Deanne Bradford, 42 instigator Roger Johnson, 41

Source: The Mercury News - Woman Killed After Taking Kids to School; San Francisco Chronicle - Mother of 6 Gunned Down at Day Care 

Bangs Avenue Elementary School, Asbury Park, New Jersey

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

This evening, several people gathered at Bangs Avenue Elementary School for a fight.  During the fight, a 5 foot 5 man wearing only blue jeans fired his handgun into the crowd.  The bullets struck Darrell Alexander, 24, in the buttocks, Demar Ferguson, 22 in the head and 21-year-old Victor Morgan, who was shot in the ear.  Police were first notified of the fight around 9:30 p.m. and then a few minutes later they were told of the shootings.  As the police arrived, the 20 fighters fled the scene.  Police did find the injured men and had them transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune.  Police suspect the handgun was a revolver as not shell casings were found and were still searching for the shooter on Thursday.

Source: Asbury Park Press - Questions Surround Asbury Park Shooting

 Anna McKenney Intermediate School, Marysville, California

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Surveillance cameras at the school caught a 14-year-old boy as he set fire to the school late this evening.  The fire caused over $500,000 of damage.  He was cited for arson and released to his mother.  Police didn't disclose his name because he is a minor.

Source: Dateline Alabama - News in Brief from Northern California

Hertfordshire and Essex High School, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Four international acts of school violence began in England this mid-summer day. Today the all-ability secondary school for girls opened its doors for tours by potential future students.  During the tour, the students played a game of rounders on the school's playing field.  During the game, a 15-year-old girl shot an air rifle pellet at an 11-year-old girl.  The young female shooter was on the Clayponds property that is right next to the playing field.  The injured girl was taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow where doctors removed the pellet.  She was discharged on Friday and it wasn't until five days later the injured girl felt safe enough to provide the police with details of the shootings.  She had feared her assailant would track her down and shoot her again.  Police arrested the young female shooter and charged her with suspicion of assault resulting in actual bodily harm.  When police searched her house, they found the air rifle.

Source: Herts & Essex News Online - Schoolgirl Shot in Back with Airgun

South China University of Science and Technology, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

Friday, July 15, 2005

A 22-year-old male student identified only as Jun left a letter in his dorm room early this morning before jumping off a ninth-floor balcony and committing suicide.  The letter said the pressure from course study was unbearable for him and that he was sorry for falling short of your expectations.  Another student that was passing by the dormitory building found Jun's body around 6 a.m.  Jun was a junior at the college and from a rich family in Xinjiang.  His family had high expectations for him, however, he was not apt at learning as he failed several subjects.

Source: Shenzhen Daily - Junior Commits Suicide on Campus

SMK Bahang (Primary) School, Penampang, Sabah, Malaysia

Friday, July 15, 2005

During recess today, a male Form Five (fifth grade) student was eating his lunch when a male Form Three (third grade) student stabbed him in the back with a screwdriver.  Teachers rushed to the injured boy and sent him to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kota Kinabalu for treatment.  The instigator fled the school, however, police caught up to him and arrested him later in the day.  Police continue to investigate this stabbing.

Source: Daily Express of East Malaysia - Student Assault: Dept Awaits Report

Thomas Alleyne Comprehensive (High) School, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England

Friday, July 15, 2005

During the morning break at school today, two girls, one 14-years-old and the other 15-years-old, began fighting.  The fight climaxed when the younger girl stabbed the older one in front of the other students.  Police and paramedics arrived minutes later to take the injured girl to Lister Hospital where she was treated for her wounds.  Police arrested the instigator and charged her on Saturday with assault.  Her court date is scheduled for Wednesday, July 20, 2005.  The school teaches 900 students, ranging in age from 11 to 19.

Source: Solihull Nuews - Girl Charged After School Stabbing; The Sun Online - Schoolgirl Knifed By Pal

Weequahic High School, Newark, New Jersey

Monday, July 18, 2005

Tiara Bowers, 18, and an unnamed 17-year-old girl were fighting over a boy about 1:30 this afternoon in the school's football field and stadium parking lot.  The younger girl called her brother, 25-year-old Omar Tindell, asking for muscular backup.  The girls continued their fight.  Two uniformed school police officers pulled up in their marked car to resolve the conflict.  As the officers, Dwayne Reeves and Akia Scott, were talking to the girls, a stolen white Chrysler (from Elizabeth, New Jersey) pulled up with two male occupants. One of the occupants was Omar and the other was Hassan Reeds, 32.  Omar threatened anyone who "was fighting his sister would be planning for their funeral that evening."  The officers then approached the two men and a brief scuffled ensued.  As Dwayne and Akia tried to handcuff the two men, Omar pulled out his handgun.  He shot Dwayne in the head and Akia in the finger with the same bullet.  The two men than began to flee the scene on foot, but Akia was still able to zero in on Omar and shoot him, twice in the abdomen and once in the leg.  Omar was arrested five blocks away on Maple and Chancellor Avenues.  Hassan was not caught.  All three injured men were taken to University Hospital in Newark where Dwayne, 35, died at 5:25 p.m.  Akia, 27, was treated and released the next day.  Omar was listed in serious condition when Akia was released.  Police began a massive search for Hassan and the community of Newark turned him in the following morning.  Omar and Hassan are members of the Bloods street gang.  Omar was charged with first-degree murder and weapons offenses. He has nine previous arrests and was out on bail awaiting a racketeering trial involving the Bloods.  Hassan was charged with first degree murder and weapons offenses.  He has five felony drug convictions.  Officer Dwayne Reeves, a four-year veteran, leaves behind a wife and a 16-year-old daughter, Ashley.

Source: - Officer Dies After Shooting Outside Newark, New Jersey School; The New York Times - School Officer is Shot to Death in Newark; 7 Online - Second Suspect Arrested in Deadly School Shooting; Philadelphia Inquirer - Dispute Over Boy Led to Fatal Shooting of Police Officer

Gladys Porter High School, Brownsville, Texas

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Robert Enrique Gonzalez, Humberto Aguilar and Ruben Ramirez began fighting this this evening on the soccer field at GPHS.  Robert, 17, and Humberto, 17, lashed out at Ruben, 15, with brass knuckles.  During the fight, Ruben stumbled back into the soccer goal post and attempted to maintain his balance by grabbing onto it.  The soccer goal post fell over and crushed Ruben's head on the ground.  Robert and Humberto fled from the school and tossed their brass knuckles into a canal near Lincoln Park.  About two hours later, a jogger was using the track at GPHS and found Ruben's body.  The jogger called police around 8:30 p.m. and they had very few clues initially.  Tuesday night police arrested Robert and charged him with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.  Humberto was arrested on Wednesday and charged with the same count.  Divers with the city's fire department retrieved the brass knuckles from the canal.

Source: The Brownsville Herald - Suspect Arrested in Teen's Death; The Brownsville Herald - Second Arrest Made in Teen's Beating Death

Richard E. Byrd Middle School, Sun Valley, California

Monday, July 25, 2005

During lunch today a seventh-grade girl threw some food at the friend of eighth-grade girl.  The eighth-grader then confronted the younger girl and a brief argument arose. They agreed to finish the argument after classes let out for the day.  Around 2:40 this afternoon, the two girls, one 12 and the other 13, continued their lunchtime fight on the school's handball court.  The fight climaxed when the seventh-grade girl obtained a knife from an eighth-grade boy and stabbed the eighth-grade girl in the abdomen, face and arm.  She also injured herself during the fight. A second eighth-grade boy then took the knife from the 12-year-old girl and disposed of it. Both of the girls were taken to Children's Hospital Los Angeles where the older girl was listed in serious but stable condition.  The younger girl was taken into custody and charged with attempted murder.  The two boys were also arrested, one for providing the weapon and the other for tampering with evidence.

Source: Los Angeles Daily News - Girl in Serious Condition After School Stabbing; The Mercury News - San Fernando Valley Girl Arrested in Stabbing of Classmate

Bisley Park Primary School, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Nearly two months ago, a man tried to molest a 13-year-old girl at Bisley Park Primary School.  The school didn't inform the girl's parents and today, the man succeed in raping her.  The young teen had gone into a restroom when the man attacked her.  He ripped open her uniform and raped her in the school's restroom.  When the brutal attack was over, she was covered in blood as she ran back to her class, trying to cover her body with her torn dress.  A female teacher took her to the hospital and the school principal, Brian Killeen, called her mother.  The next day, security at the school was tightened with all gates locked (they were normally left open) and visitors now had to sign in (before they didn't have to).  Police were still searching for the rapist when this news story went to print.

Source: Daily News - Pupil Raped in School Toilet

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