Another hostage killing has taken place at a Colorado highschool. Though not near as bloody as the Colombine shooting rampage, it appears just as
meaningless. A middleaged male is reported to have forced his way into the 460-student school seizing six girls. Negotiations made him later release
the four of them. The gunman then set a deadline, and as he claimed to have explosives police took no chance but breached the classroom as the
deadline run out. The result was one of the girls deadly wounded as he shot her and then himself.
The wounded girl was rushed by helicopter to St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver but died there, hospital spokeswoman Bev Lilly said. Her
classmate and fellow hostage was apparently not hurt in the incident, which drew comparisons to the 1999 Columbine massacre that took place 30 miles
away in Littleton, Colorado.
Police raided the classroom building after the gunman, who initially held six people, broke off negotiations. The incident began shortly before noon
when the man, whose identity was not immediately known by police, walked into Platte Canyon High School in the small mountain town of Bailey and
"We tried talking to this individual and had some success," Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener told reporters. "He started to release hostages, but
eventually he gave us a deadline of 4 o'clock (to back off) and ceased talking to negotiators, at which time we decided a tactical solution needed to
"Entry was made, the suspect shot one of hostages and then shot himself," an emotional Wegener said. "That's what it looks like, although the
investigation is still ongoing."
Earlier, officials had said the gunman was killed by police when they entered the school.
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One might ask what goes on when things like this happen. Why do they do it. And why keep such incidents seemingly repeating themselves at a regular
basis? I have no answer.
Michael More, the director who made 9/11 and also did a film on the Columbine massacre, explains it by both the kids had fathers working at Lockheed
Martin, a major Pentagon contractor, and producer of sophisticated and highly deadly weapon systems.
Is it really so, the sons pay for the sins of the fathers?
The motive and identity of this individual in question remains to be seen.
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[edit on 2006-9-28 by wecomeinpeace]