Wisconsin High School Gunman Holds Class Hostage But Only Harms Self

November 30, 2010

(ChattahBox U.S. News)—Out of the blue, a 15-year-old watching a movie in his high school classroom shot a handgun at the movie projector, leading to a five-hour standoff in which he held the 23 students in his class hostage, ABC News reports. He demanded silence and confiscated the students’ cell phones, but did not harm anyone and even laughed when his classmates tried to distract him by chatting with him about hunting and fishing.

About five hours into the standoff, the gunman let five students leave to use the bathroom, and police officers led them to safety. Shortly thereafter, the gunman fired three shots, breaking down the door, and shot himself as police approached, ABC News reports.

One of the gunman’s former teachers expressed shock over the identity of the gunman, describing him as a “fine young man” from a very involved and active family. “It doesn’t fit any of the things or molds that you read about people,” the teacher told ABC News. “I couldn’t say enough good things about the family.”


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