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Shooter in California School Targets His Bullies

The victim of the shooting said his classmates, played football for the Taft Wildcats last season and was in critical condition at a hospital on Thursday night

The victim of the shooting said his classmates, played football for the Taft Wildcats last season and was in critical condition at a hospital on Thursday night

January 14, 2013 – A 16-year old student who allegedly wounded the student who he said bullied him fired another two rounds at fleeing students from a science class during first period, on Thursday. At that time, he turned and faced Ryan Heber his teacher. He told his popular science teacher he did not want to shoot him, while at the same time the teacher was trying to convince the boy to hand over the shotgun he was holding.

That confrontation between the teacher and students gave the rest of the 28 students from the science class enough time to escape from the classroom at the high school in Taft, California.

The violence erupted only minutes after new lockdown safety procedures had been announced that were prompted by the school slayings in Newtown, Connecticut prior to Christmas.

The victim of the shooting said his classmates, played football for the Taft Wildcats last season and was in critical condition at a hospital on Thursday night. On Friday, he is scheduled to undergo surgery.

The suspect eventually gave the gun to Heber and Kim Fields a campus supervisor. Authorities said the boy had more ammunition stuffed inside his pants pockets.

Law enforcement officials praised the teacher and counselor who remained face to face with the student not knowing whether he would shoot them or not.

Heber was hit in the forehead with a stray bullet but was unaware he had been shot. He attended the same high school over two decades ago.

The town of Taft is about 120 miles to the northwest of Los Angeles and only has approximately 9,400 residents.

The boy, whose name is not being released because of his age, was short in stature and was teased by many because of his size. He said the victim had bullied him for at least a year.

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