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March 29, 1998 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shannon Wright, who shielded a sixth-grade pupil from gunfire and was fatally wounded as a result, was remembered Saturday as a hero as the final victims of Tuesday's shooting spree at Westside Middle School were laid to rest. The 32-year-old teacher, who leaves behind a husband and a 2-year-old son, was memorialized at a jammed church service just five miles from the scene of the bloody schoolyard ambush that claimed the lives of Wright and four young girls and injured 10 others.
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March 19, 2001 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She has raked her memory, looking for signs. Looking for some tip-off that her son, her Mitch, would--at age 13--conspire with a buddy to steal an arsenal, set up an ambush. Massacre his classmates. She has raked her memory. She has come up empty. "You can drive yourself crazy with the what-ifs, the should-have-knowns," she says. "But I can sleep at night. There's nothing I regret. There's nothing I could have or would have done different."
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December 20, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Police arrested a 14-year-old boy on charges of shooting two teenagers outside a rural high school earlier this week. Joseph Colt Todd of Stamps was charged as an adult with two counts of first-degree battery for the attack. Todd entered a plea of not guilty at his arraignment and was released on a $20,000 bond. Sheriff John Kilgore of Lafayette County said Todd told officials he acted in retaliation but had not intended to shoot the students.
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August 31, 2000 | From Associated Press
A student who had just been dropped from a graduate program bought a box of bullets less than an hour before walking into his advisor's office at the University of Arkansas, shooting him three times and then killing himself, police said Wednesday. Autopsy results released Wednesday determined that James Easton Kelly killed English professor John Locke on Monday and then shot himself in the heart.
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March 19, 2001 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She has raked her memory, looking for signs. Looking for some tip-off that her son, her Mitch, would--at age 13--conspire with a buddy to steal an arsenal, set up an ambush. Massacre his classmates. She has raked her memory. She has come up empty. "You can drive yourself crazy with the what-ifs, the should-have-knowns," she says. "But I can sleep at night. There's nothing I regret. There's nothing I could have or would have done different."
NEWS
March 26, 1998 | J.R. MOEHRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was all so sudden, so random and unexpected. And yet it seemed to follow a familiar pattern, seemed to obey the rules of a strange new ritual emerging here in the rural South. For the third time in five months, it happened this way: First, students were inexplicably gunned down at the one place thought to be a sanctuary within the community, the local school. Then, frantic parents made a mad dash for the schoolyard, a frantic media horde hot on their heels.
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March 31, 1998 | From Times staff and wire reports
Some reluctant pupils had to be coaxed out of their parents' cars as Westside Middle School in Jonesboro got back to the business of learning after four classmates and a teacher were killed in a schoolyard ambush last week. Twenty-two of the school's 239 students were absent, only 10 more than on a normal day. A dozen counselors were on hand to ease the transition from grief to learning. "I'm hearing laughter, I'm hearing talking," said Betty Stockton, a school district psychologist.
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April 1, 1998 | From Associated Press
Thousands of teary-eyed people attended a memorial service Tuesday evening for the victims of the Arkansas schoolyard ambush. Five white wreaths arranged like the Olympic rings stood on one end of the arena stage--one each for the four students and the teacher killed. Five small tulip trees to be planted at the school as a memorial to the dead stood apart. Atty. Gen.
NEWS
March 27, 1998
The first thing they did Thursday at Westside Middle School was disconnect the fire alarm--the same one that lured four students and one teacher to their death in a barrage of gunfire. No lessons were taught, and all outdoor activities were canceled. Students made cards for the 11 people who were wounded. Also Thursday, police released eight minutes of frantic 911 calls made from the school after the shooting in which callers said gunfire was coming "from everywhere" and pleaded for help.
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December 16, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two students were shot while walking in a high school parking lot in Stamps, Ark., apparently by a sniper in the woods nearby, police said. Grover Henderson, 17, and LaTisia Finley, 15, were wounded and expected to be released from the hospital later in the day. Students were interviewed about the shooting as officers searched the woods with dogs and metal detectors.
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June 23, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A gunman shot and wounded two people and took two others hostage at a rural Arkansas airport before surrendering after eight hours without further bloodshed, authorities said. A man believed to be Dennis Smith of North Little Rock drove onto an airstrip at Tillar and shot an agricultural pilot and the pilot's assistant, police said. He then barricaded himself with the pilot's wife and a second assistant in an office by the hangar, police said.
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August 12, 1998 | J. R. MOEHRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A few hours after celebrating his 14th birthday with a cake and family all around him, Mitchell Johnson stood before 170 people in a jam-packed courtroom here Tuesday afternoon and apologized for the murder of five people. "If I could go back and change what happened I'd do it in a minute," the boy said in a warbly voice, publicly admitting for the first time his role in the March 24 shooting spree at Westside Middle School that left four girls and a teacher dead, 10 others wounded.
NEWS
April 1, 1998 | From Associated Press
Thousands of teary-eyed people attended a memorial service Tuesday evening for the victims of the Arkansas schoolyard ambush. Five white wreaths arranged like the Olympic rings stood on one end of the arena stage--one each for the four students and the teacher killed. Five small tulip trees to be planted at the school as a memorial to the dead stood apart. Atty. Gen.
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March 31, 1998 | From Times staff and wire reports
Some reluctant pupils had to be coaxed out of their parents' cars as Westside Middle School in Jonesboro got back to the business of learning after four classmates and a teacher were killed in a schoolyard ambush last week. Twenty-two of the school's 239 students were absent, only 10 more than on a normal day. A dozen counselors were on hand to ease the transition from grief to learning. "I'm hearing laughter, I'm hearing talking," said Betty Stockton, a school district psychologist.
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March 30, 1998 | From Associated Press
The 11-year-old girl allegedly targeted by schoolmate Mitchell Johnson in last week's deadly school shooting says she was his girlfriend for three days, then dropped him because he is trouble. Candace Porter said Mitchell often talked about beating up other boys, so she thought little of it when she heard he was saying "something big might happen," the Jonesboro Sun reported Sunday.
NEWS
March 29, 1998 | J.R. MOEHRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If there is no threat of backlash, no sense of blame or betrayal about two local families who may have produced two young mass murderers, it is because rage requires strength, and this is a town bedridden with a broken heart. The oldest myth about disaster has come true here.
NEWS
November 21, 1996 | From Associated Press
A woman who was shot and paralyzed at a Tupac Shakur concert has won a $16.6-million judgment against the slain rap star's estate. Jacquelyn McNealey, 27, was wounded by a stray bullet at a Shakur concert in a Pine Bluff nightclub in 1993. The bullet damaged her spinal cord, leaving her paralyzed below the chest.
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August 12, 1998 | J. R. MOEHRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A few hours after celebrating his 14th birthday with a cake and family all around him, Mitchell Johnson stood before 170 people in a jam-packed courtroom here Tuesday afternoon and apologized for the murder of five people. "If I could go back and change what happened I'd do it in a minute," the boy said in a warbly voice, publicly admitting for the first time his role in the March 24 shooting spree at Westside Middle School that left four girls and a teacher dead, 10 others wounded.
NEWS
March 29, 1998 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shannon Wright, who shielded a sixth-grade pupil from gunfire and was fatally wounded as a result, was remembered Saturday as a hero as the final victims of Tuesday's shooting spree at Westside Middle School were laid to rest. The 32-year-old teacher, who leaves behind a husband and a 2-year-old son, was memorialized at a jammed church service just five miles from the scene of the bloody schoolyard ambush that claimed the lives of Wright and four young girls and injured 10 others.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 1998
Two juveniles, ages 11 and 13, killed four children and one adult during an assault with guns at a school in Arkansas (March 25). Being juveniles, they will not be held fully accountable as adults would be. However, since by law in Arkansas juveniles are permitted to have rifles, the full adult population of the state should share in the responsibility for these murders. In those states where juveniles are not permitted to possess guns but still are not held fully accountable for their acts, who should share in the responsibility when juveniles commit such crimes?
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