Taft students say gunman had a hit list and was bullied

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, January 10, 2013 21:55 EDT
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The teen who injured at least two people with a shotgun at a high school in Taft, California was previously kicked out of school for having a “hit list,” students and parents said.

“He had a hit list of who he wanted to kill and I guess last year he wasn’t in school, he got kicked out because of it,” one female student explained to CNN. “He came back this year and I guess this happened.”

Angela Hayden, whose 16-year-old daughter attends the Taft Union High School, also said it was known the suspect had threatened to kill other students. She told the Los Angeles Times that “he had a list of people who messed with him over the years” and planned to shoot them.

The suspect told police that he targeted students who had bullied him in school, according to the Associated Press. Other students confirmed that the suspect was frequently teased.

“All I ever heard about him was good things from my son,” Trish Montes, who lived next door to the suspect, told the Associated Press. “He wasn’t Mr. Popularity, but he was a smart kid. It’s a shame. My kid said he was like a genius. It’s a shame because he could have made something of himself.”

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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