Charles Andrew Williams – Pulling a Columbine

Santana High School, located in Santee, California, is part of the Grossmont Union High School District. On March 5, 2001, fifteen-year-old Santana High student Charles Andrew Williams began shooting, killing two, and wounding thirteen. Bryan Zuckor, a student, was the first killed; he was shot in the bathroom. Williams exited the bathroom and fatally shot student Randy Gordon. Williams returned to the bathroom where he surrendered to the police. One parent remarked, “They don’t have a system to handle this.” Students said they heard him saying he was “going to pull a Columbine“. Watch going postal 2009 – school and workplace shooting documentary

“When he came back out of the bathroom, he was smiling. And he fired two more shots and went back in,” said John Sharp, a student. One student heard him talk about the shooting but did not believe it. He cried on 20/20, remorseful that he didn’t tell anybody about the plans. Some students transferred to another school for their own safety. Yet Andrews became an inspiration for other kids. A fourteen-year-old girl at a Roman Catholic middle school in Wiliamsport, Pa. An eight-year-old boy at a school in Philadelphia came to school with a loaded shotgun. A freshman in Harlingen, Texas, was caught with a “hit list.” Randy wanted to be a pilot. His friend, Chris Mazzi placed a sign in front of Santana High School that read, “You’re flying now, Randy.”  On the local 11 p.m. news in Baltimore, Md. a home video of Williams in the bathroom was released, mugging, giggling, taking  shots of the toilet and a voice over: “I hate it there,” Wiliams said, talking about Santana High School. “Nobody is nice there. They’re stupid.”  The bullies and the playa-haters made fun of how small Charles was, called him Indian In The Cupboard  and Bad Andy, a demented ragdoll. Freak. Nerd. DorkWatch Keeping you safe:  why kids kill

16-year-old Williams was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison. Prosecutors wanted the maximum sentence of 425 years to life, which would preclude parole for Williams, but the heavier sentence counters state law that forbids life sentences for younger juvenile offenders. “For what it’s worth, I want everybody to know I’m sorry,” Williams said. “I feel horrible about what happened. If I could go back to that day, I would never have gotten out of bed.” Williams will be 65 before his first parole hearing.  Watch studying violence in children

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One Response to Charles Andrew Williams – Pulling a Columbine

  1. Peggy says:

    What’s with his lousy parents? They seem to be more interested in their own comfort and convience.

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