Taft, CA: A 16 year old student is arrested after a high school shooting at Taft Union High School in Taft, California Thursday morning.
According to Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood, a 16 year old student walked into the first period class at Taft Union High School with a shotgun shoots a student and tried to shoot another student before a science teacher and a campus supervisor were able to detain the gunman and talk to him until he put the shotgun down.
According to Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood, Taft Union High School Campus Supervisor Kim Lee Fields responded to a call of shots being fired and began talking to the teen.
“They talked him into putting that shotgun down. He in fact told the teacher, `I don’t want to shoot you,’ and named the person that he wanted to shoot,” said Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood.
“The heroics of these two people goes without saying. … They could have just as easily … tried to get out of the classroom and left students, and they didn’t,” said Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood.
“They knew not to let him leave the classroom with that shotgun,” said Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood.
Law enforcement arrived at Taft Union High School and took the gunman into custody.
According to Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood, the suspect was tired of being bullied at high school and plan to shoot 2 students Wednesday night.
According to Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood, the suspect used in the high school shooting was a shotgun that belonged to the suspect’s brother.
According to Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood, 2 people were injured in the high school shooting which includes a student who was shot and was taken to Kern Medical Center in critical but stable condition and a teacher who was able to talk the student down was hurt but only sustained minor injuries.
About 900 students in grades 9th through 12th are enrolled at Taft Union High School.
Taft Union High School which will be closed on Friday, January 11th 2013 as the investigation into the high school shooting continues.
United States Senator Dianne Feinstein released the following statement on the shooting at Taft Union High School.
**** The following is the statement released by United States Senator Dianne Feinstein regarding the high school shooting at Taft Union High School: ****
“Today comes word of another tragic shooting at an American school. I have visited this school over the years—in fact, my own father attended Taft Union.”
“At this moment my thoughts and prayers are with the victims, and I wish them a speedy recovery.”
“But how many more shootings must there be in America before we come to the realization that guns and grievances do not belong together?”
The shooting at Taft Union High School comes almost a month after a tragic elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut in which a gunman killed at least 26 people including 20 children on the morning of Friday, December 14th, 2012.
The tragic elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut prompted United States President Barack Obama to promise new efforts to curb gun violence.
United States President Barack Obama placed United States Vice President Joe Biden in charge of the initiative that would deliver new policy proposals to United States President Barack Obama by next week.
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