Taft, CA: The student who opening fire inside a high school in Taft, California and critically wounding a fellow student will be charged as an adult.
During a news conference held on Monday, January 13th, 2013, District Attorney Lisa Green made the announcement the charges filed on the student in the high school school at Taft Union High School identified as 16 year old Bryan Oliver.
Bryan Oliver is facing 2 charges of attempted murder and 3 charges of assault with a firearm.
If convicted, Bryan Oliver could be sentenced up to 25 years to life in prison.
Students who knew 16 year old student reportedly have seen Bryan Oliver teased and bullied by his high school classmates because of his red hair, social awkwardness, and bookish appearance.
There has been mix community reaction to the charges against Bryan Oliver with many wondering if the system did enough in preventing the possible bullying at the high school onto Bryan Oliver well many others think the amount of time in prison is too harsh for somebody who the system let down from protecting him from bullies.
During Monday’s court hearing, Bryan Oliver pleaded not guilty to all charges filed against him in the high school shooting at Taft Union High School.
Bryan Oliver’s bail is set at $1.5 million dollars andis being held at juvenile hall.
Bryan Oliver’s Attorney David Torres made a motion asking the court to exclude media from all of Bryan Oliver’s court proceedings
“He’s 16 years old,,, He’s a juvenile, and we believe he should not be exposed to the camera at this particular time. Other than that, it’s for his safety and that’s the primary concern at this time,” said Bryan Oliver’s Attorney David Torres.
But, the judge denied Bryan Oliver’s Attorney David Torres’s motion saying there was a greater need for the public to know what was happening.
On the morning of Thursday, January 10th, 2013, a 16 year old student entered the science classroom inside Taft Union High School and began shooting at fellow student in the chest with a shotgun then allegedly fired a second shot at another classmate before a science teacher and a campus supervisor were able to detain the gunman and talk to him until he put down the shotgun which according to Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood belonged to the suspect’s brother.
Taft Union High School Science Teacher Ryan Heber was hit by pellets from the shotgun blast well he and Taft Union High School Campus Supervisor Kim Lee Fields were talking to the armed student in putting the shotgun down well other students ran for safety.
Law enforcement arrived at Taft Union High School and took the gunman into custody.
Taft Union High School Science Teacher Ryan Heber and Taft Union High School Campus Supervisor Kim Lee Fields are being called heroes for calming down the student well keeping other students safe.
During a news conference held on Thursday, January 10th, 2013, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood talked about Taft Union High School Teacher Ryan Heber and Taft Union High School Campus Supervisor Kim Lee Fields
“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.
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