No One Hurt in School Shooting

9 years 11 months 2 weeks ago October 09, 2006 Oct 9, 2006 Monday, October 09 2006 Monday, October 09, 2006 1:48:01 PM CDT in News
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JOPLIN (AP) - School officials say no one was injured today when a 13-year-old student wearing a "makeshift mask" walked into a Joplin middle school and fired an A-K 47 assault rifle. Schools Superintendent Jim Simpson said the boy pointed the weapon at two students and at Principal Steve Gilbreath and Assistant Superintendent Steve Doerr, saying "not to make me do this." Then he fired a shot into the ceiling, breaking a water pipe. The two administrators talked the boy outside, where he was confronted by two police officers with their weapons drawn. The student dropped the rifle and was arrested. Police found a note in the student's backpack indicating that he had placed an explosive in the school. Police were searching the building and investigating whether anyone else was involved. Simpson said the student had been planning an attack "for a long time." The middle school's roughly 700 students were moved to a building nearby where parents were advised they could take them home. Simpson said the school will be closed for the day while police search of the building.

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