November 8, 2005

Youth kills one in school shooting: police

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - A 14-year-old high school
freshman shot and killed an assistant principal and wounded two
colleagues on Tuesday when they confronted the boy about
reports he had a gun, police said.

Assistant principal Ken Bruce died, and two other
administrators at Campbell County high school in Jacksboro near
Knoxville were wounded by the bespectacled student, who was
armed with a .22 caliber weapon, said Charles Scott, chief
deputy with the Campbell County Sheriff said.

The shooting took place in the principal's offices where
the boy was brought and confronted about reports circulating at
the school that he was carrying a gun, Scott said.

The boy was being treated for a hand injury suffered in the
ensuing scuffle, he said.

Televised pictures of the wiry youth showed him in
handcuffs with what appeared to be blood splotches on his

A Campbell County juvenile court judge ordered the boy
held. He could be charged as an adult.

The principal at the school was in serious condition and
another assistant principal at the school was in critical
condition at a Knoxville hospital, about 30 miles south of
Jacksboro, hospital officials said.

No students were injured at the 1,300-pupil school, which
draws from small towns in the mountainous region, said Gail
Parks of the Campbell County school district.

It was the latest in a long list of U.S. school shootings.

In March, high school student Jeff Weise of Minnesota's Red
Lake Indian reservation shot and killed his grandfather, a
companion, a school security guard, five students, and finally