Wednesday, March 30, 2005

School Shooting in MN

by KevinH 20 minutes and CNN and other cable networks have yet to pick up the story. I wonder if the case would have been the same had this been a white suburb rather than a Chippewa reservation
From AP:
RED LAKE, Minn. (AP) -- Gunfire broke out at a Minnesota high school Monday, killing an undetermined number of people and injuring as many as 14 others, authorities said.
Tom Lyons, chief deputy for Beltrami County, said up to 14 people were injured in the mid-afternoon shooting at Red Lake High School in far northern Minnesota. Lyons said a suspect was in custody, but he had no other details.
The FBI did not say how many people had been killed and also declined to release details.
Students and a teacher at the scene, Diane Schwanz, identified a male student as the gunman. Schwanz said the shooter tried to break down a door to get into a room where some students were.
``I just got on the floor and called the cops,'' Schwanz told the Bemidji Pioneer. ``I was still just half-believing it.''
Red Lake High School, on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, has about 300 students, according to its Web site.
Audrey Thayer, who lives in Bemidji and works as a researcher for the American Civil Liberties Union's Minnesota chapter, said the reservation was locked down by police with roadblocks.
``They have got it closed off,'' she said.
The reservation is about 240 miles north of the Twin Cities. It is home to the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians.

Andrea wrote; "to the red lake band of chippewa,so very sorry for your loss of so many lives..i hope you all find strength in each other andfrom those who send you their prayers and thoughts".

dcat; "My Prayers are also with you all at this time. I hope you can feel the warm hugs, of comfort.

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