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The BBC's David Willis in San Diego
"He reloaded his revolver at least four times, a broad grin on his face"
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Thursday, 8 March, 2001, 02:56 GMT
School re-opens after shooting
Memorial at Santana High School where two students were shot dead
Students remember the victims of Monday's shooting
A California high school that was the scene of a fatal shooting by a student re-opened on Wednesday, with counsellors on hand to help people deal with their grief.

Three students who allegedly knew of the planned attack but did not report were told to stay away while the school authorities decide if any action is needed.

A teenage boy - who has been identified as Charles Andrew Williams - is accused of killing two students and injuring 13 other people during a shooting spree on Monday.

This was one angry young man, who for reasons unknown...started firing indiscriminately and ...has not shown any remorse

Police spokesman Jerry Lewis
He made his first court appearance on Wednesday. His arraignment as an adult on murder, assault and weapons charges was postponed, however, until 26 March to allow his lawyers to consider a legal challenge.


School district superintendent Granger Ward said the school would be re-opening for trauma counselling.

But refering to the students who apparently knew of the boy's plans but did not report them should not attend, he said: "I believe it is not in the interest of those three to be on campus," adding that the school authorities were investigating.

Three students and at least one adult said they heard the teenager threatening to kill people.


Josh Stevens, a friend of the boy, said that over the weekend the suspect "was joking on and off that he was going to come to school and shoot people".

Police Swat team
Police rushed to the scene and searched the premises
"I thought he was just joking. I would never have thought he would have the nerve to do it," he said.

Some fellow students said he had been taunted for being skinny.

One, Jessica Moore, 15, described the suspect as a "loner type". She said other students picked on him and called him such names as "dork", "freak" and "nerd".

The shooting occurred just after the start of classes at Santana High School in Santee, about 16km (10 miles) north-east of San Diego.

Eyewitnesses said the teenager emerged from the boys toilet block and started firing his gun in the courtyard.

One of the victims died on the scene and the other died later in hospital. They were named as Brian Zuckor, 14, and Randy Gordon, 15.

Memorial: Parents placed flowers at the school
Although the school was closed on Tuesday, students, parents and others gathered outside to place flowers at a makeshift memorial site and share their grief.

It was the worst episode of school violence since two students at Columbine High School in Colorado killed 13 students and a teacher before taking their own lives, two years ago.

The shooting is likely to again raise questions about the widespread availability of guns in the United States, which has suffered a wave of shootings in its schools.

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