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Saturday, 15 April, 2000, 16:56 GMT 17:56 UK
Two die in US teen shooting
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Teen shootings have brought calls for new gun controls
Two teenagers have died in a shooting incident in the United States as President Clinton continues his campaign to control the use of guns.

Police in Pennsylvania say a 13-year-old shot a 16-year-old boy with a rifle he did not know was loaded - and then used it to kill himself.

Ian Fuiek had pointed the rifle at his friend, unaware that it was loaded. It then discharged, fatally wounding James Prough.

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  • Fuiek called the emergency services for help, explaining what had happened, before turning the gun on himself.

    Police said they were studying a tape of the call to understand what happened.

    Clinton announcement

    The tragedy comes after a spate of fatal US school shootings.

    It also comes at a time when President Clinton is continuing his calls for greater gun control.

    Clinton
    Clinton said $121 million would go to school safety

    He marked the first anniversary of the Columbine high school massacre - the worst school shooting incident in the US - by announcing $121 million in new grants to improve safety in schools and prevent violence.

    He said $60 million would go to placing more police officers in schools while $41 million would go to 23 school districts that have found successful approaches to help troubled youngsters.

    "These districts are bringing school nurses and counsellors together to respond to warning signs like depression or bullying," Clinton said.

    Funding would also be directed to hiring more counselors to work with elementary schoolchildren.

    President Clinton said that parents, schools, communities and the government all shared the responsibility to stop youth violence.

    Anniversary

    Next Thursday is the first anniversary of the day two teenagers went on the rampage at Columbine High School in Denver, Colorado, killing 12 of
    Columbine students mourning
    Twelve students were shot dead at Columbine
    their fellow students and a teacher, before taking their own lives.

    A month after Columbine, a student opened fire at Heritage High School near Conyers, Georgia, injuring six schoolmates.

    In March, a six-year-old boy shot a classmate dead at a school in Michigan.

    Days later, a 19-year old man was arrested after two teenagers were shot dead outside a high school dance in Savannah.

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