California School Shooter Had Hit List of Bullies
Suspect often talked about killing, students describe him as 'weird'
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2013 7:01 AM CST
Updated Jan 11, 2013 7:43 AM CST
This image provided by the Taft Midway Driller/Doug Keeler shows officials taping off an area outside the high school in Taft, Calif., yesterday.   (AP Photo/Taft Midway Driller, Doug Keeler)

(Newser) – It looks like earlier reports about bullying playing a key part in yesterday's California school shooting were right. The 16-year-old unnamed shooter allegedly composed a list of students he wanted to kill last year, and told authorities he had been bullied for more than a year, reports the Bakersfield Californian. "Certainly the two people that he targeted had bullied him, in his mind," says the local sheriff. The suspect reportedly drew up plans for the attack on Wednesday night, and used a shotgun belonging to his brother, reports CNN. He arrived at school with his pockets full of ammunition after classes had begun yesterday morning, gaining access through a side door.

One student says the suspect talked "all the time" about shooting people—"telling people that he's gonna kill them, or skin them alive or something, or eat their puppies"—since his freshman year, but no one took him seriously because he often said "really weird, random crap." She adds that he spent Wednesday "going around all day telling people that, you know, he might not be there tomorrow and not to worry about it, he might not be around for a little while." Apparently, no one acted, but a local resident did, calling 911 to report a sighting of a boy walking with a gun; police responded within a minute, adds the Californian. (Click to read about two school staffers who are being praised as heroes.)

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realtruth
Jan 11, 2013 1:06 PM CST
I my day it wasn’t popular or socially acceptable to kill people bulling me..
HD3822
Jan 11, 2013 12:41 PM CST
Bullies !?!?! ..... Can't be ..... A gun made him do it .... Just like a Dog made the Son of Sam shoot people ... had to have been a gun projecting mind control .... Someone write to Biden and make sure he doesn't think it was about Bullies. Guns .... and Spiders .... the only thing that we need to fear and the cause of all problems.
ddhartma
Jan 11, 2013 12:22 PM CST
"One student says the suspect talked "all the time" about shooting people—"telling people that he's gonna kill them, or skin them alive or something, or eat their puppies"—since his freshman year, but no one took him seriously because he often said "really weird, random crap." " With all that has happened in the way of school shootings recently, why aren't kids reporting these actions/words to someone of authority? And if they are, why is it not acted on? It would be better to take the person in a have them speak to a psychologist or other professional rather than wait until they breakdown.