School shoot­ing sus­pect said vic­tim bul­lied him

Penticton Herald - - WORLD -

ROCK­FORD, Wash. — A 15-year-old boy ac­cused of shoot­ing four class­mates at a ru­ral high school in Wash­ing­ton state had been meet­ing with a school coun­sel­lor over sui­ci­dal thoughts be­fore bring­ing two guns from home and killing a stu­dent he said had bul­lied him, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments re­leased Thurs­day.

The doc­u­ments and his class­mates de­tailed trou­bling be­hav­iour by Caleb Sharpe, say­ing he brought notes to school about do­ing “some­thing stupid,” was ob­sessed with past school shoot­ings and posted videos on­line show­ing him play­ing with guns.

He took an as­sault weapon and a hand­gun from his fa­ther’s gun safe, to which he knew the com­bi­na­tion, and brought them in a duf­fel bag to the school south of Spokane on Wed­nes­day, an in­ves­ti­ga­tor for the Spokane County Sher­iff’s Of­fice wrote in an af­fi­davit.

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