Discipline against student gunman thought to have sparked Colorado shooting

CENTENNIAL, Colo. Sat Dec 14, 2013 6:22pm EST

1 of 14. Students gather and reunite with their families at a fast food joint across from Arapahoe High School, after a student opened fire in the school in Centennial, Colorado December 13, 2013.

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CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - The teen gunman who shot himself dead after critically wounding a fellow student at their suburban Denver high school apparently acted in retaliation for discipline leveled against him by the school's debate club coach, the county sheriff said on Saturday.

Sheriff Grayson Robinson also said that 18-year-old Karl Pierson legally purchased the shotgun and ammunition he used in Friday's rampage at Arapahoe High School. The sheriff said the attack lasted less than a minute and a half.

The faculty member who was believed to be Pierson's intended target fled the school and was unharmed in the rampage.

(Reporting by Keith Coffman; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by David Brunnstrom)

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Comments (16)
aclearhead wrote:
If you don’t fear adolescent males in North America, you are not paying attention!!

Dec 13, 2013 7:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse
auger wrote:
Lucky they were taken to a church – there aren’t too many church shootings yet

Dec 13, 2013 7:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
mb56 wrote:
Another sucess story for the NRA – guns so free that any high schooler can get their hands on one when they’ve got a beef with another student or teacher. It’s well past time to start holding those who let their guns fall into the hands of those who shouldn’t have them accountable… even if it’s the parents.

Dec 13, 2013 9:08pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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