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I am, like most, saddened by the news of the shooting at Heritage High School. I extend my condolences to those affected by this painful event. Please refer to the artist's statement for the game's intent. For further questions, please contact me here.

In the press I've been getting lately, I have tried to articulate very clearly that Columbine was a "wake up call" not just for our society but for ME in particular as I was once headed down a similar road. I found other outlets such as filmmaking and theater... unfortunately those like Harris, Klebold, and apparently Thomas Solomon, 15, did not.




Shooting at Heritage High in Conyers, Georgia

   It's been exactly one month since the Littleton, Colorado incident.  Already, another shooting   has taken place.   This time, a 15 year old upset over a broken romance, opened fire at Heritage High School in Conyers, Georgia injuring six students, according to the authorities.

   The shots were fired about 20 minutes before school started at Heritage High School.  The alleged gunman is a sophomore there and was quickly taken into custody and at least one weapon was recovered.  The teen is going to be taken to a youth center after processing.

The six injured students from Heritage High were taken to hospitals, where two were treated and released and the other four were in stable condition. The rest of the students gathered outside the school on Heritage High's track after the shooting, then began boarding buses to head home. Classes are canceled Friday, but will resume on Monday in Heritage High School.

The Story at Heritage High


The shots were fired in a common area around 8 a.m., near a cafeteria where some students were eating breakfast.
     “Some guy was in front of the girls’ bathroom in the common area, just firing off shots,” said sophomore Bill Price.
     At first, students thought it was a prank. “Then people just took off running. Then we looked at one of our friends, and his foot was bleeding,” Price said.
     It was “complete pandemonium,” added senior Michael Ramos.
     Tony Gray, a Math teacher from Heritage, said the gunman fired four to six shots into a crowd of students, then ran out a side door and surrendered to Assistant Principal Cecil Brinkley.
     Student Joe Watts witnessed the interaction between Brinkley and the suspect.
     “He stood there with the gun, then dropped to his knees and put it in his mouth like he was going to shoot himself,” Watts said.
     “He put the gun down beside him and Assistant Principal Brinkley put his head through the door and said, ‘It’s gonna be all right.’ Then the boy took the gun over and handed it to him, and when he got the gun from him he just put his arm around him and held him and the boy said, ‘Oh my God, I’m so scared, I’m so scared.’”
     “As far as I know he was a normal student. No one picked on him,” senior William Britt told about the alleged gunman. “The student wasn’t aiming to kill. All of the victims’ wounds were in the lower body. He didn’t appear to be aiming to kill or kill anyone in particular.”


Authorities believe two weapons — a .22-caliber rifle and a .22-caliber revolver — were used in the shooting.
     Wigington said the suspect’s home and school locker will be searched, and all students and staff who might have information related to the case are being interviewed. He also said investigators have no reason to believe explosives were involved.


Injured Heritage High Students are transported to Rockdale Hospital.
Five of the injured were taken to Rockdale Hospital. Students Drake Hoy and Ryan Rosa, both 18, were treated for gunshot wounds and released from the hospital, and three other students — Brian Barnhardt, 16, Jason Cheek, 17, and Cania Collins, 15, were in stable condition and were being admitted for further evaluation, hospital spokeswoman Jennifer Banahan told
     The sixth victim, Stephanie Laster, 15, was taken by helicopter to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, where she was in stable condition.
     Heritage High has no metal detectors but does employ a campus policeman and has surveillance cameras. The superintendent said significant improvements to security have been made since January.
     Heritage High School will be closed Friday, but all other Rockland County schools will be open. The high school will have counselors on hand Friday and Saturday morning.
     Shortly after the shooting, President Clinton, who was on his way to Littleton, Colo., said, “This incident again should underscore how profoundly important it is that all Americans come together in the face of these events to protect our children from violence.”
     On April 20, two students with guns and bombs killed 13 people before taking their own lives at Columbine High School in Littleton.

Past School Shootings

Heritage High School shooting- Conyers, Georgia



May 20, 1999: A student opened fire at Heritage High School, near Conyers, Ga., a town east of Atlanta, a month after the April 20 slaughter at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. There are no life-threatening injuries but six schoolmates were injured. The student suspect was quickly taken into custody.

April 20, 1999: Two young men wearing long, black trench coats opened fire in a suburban high school in Littleton, Colo., injuring as many as 20 students. In all, 15 were killed, including the two gunmen.

June 15, 1998: A male teacher and a female guidance counselor are shot in a hallway at a Richmond, Va., high school. The man suffers an injury to the abdomen that wasn’t life threatening; the woman is reportedly grazed.

May 21, 1998: A 15-year-old student in Springfield, Ore., expelled the day before for bringing a gun to school, allegedly opens fire in the school cafeteria. Two students are killed. The suspect’s parents are later found shot dead in their home.

May 21, 1998: Three sixth-grade boys had a “hit list” and were plotting to kill fellow classmates on the last day of school in a sniper attack during a false fire alarm, police in St. Charles, Mo., say.

May 21, 1998: A 15-year-old boy dies from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in Onalaska, Wash. Earlier in the day, the boy boarded a high school bus with a gun in hand, ordered his girlfriend off the bus and took her to his home, where he shot himself

May 21, 1998: A 15-year-old girl is shot and wounded at a suburban Houston high school when a gun in the backpack of a 17-year-old classmate goes off in a biology class. The boy is charged with a third-degree felony for taking a gun to school.

May 19, 1998: Two boys are suspended from school in Johnston, R.I., after being accused of writing and handing out threatening notes to classmates. The notes said things such as, “All your friends are dead.” The boys are ordered to remain out of school until they have been evaluated to determine whether they are dangerous.

May 19, 1998: Three days before his graduation, an 18-year-old honor student allegedly opens fire in a parking lot at Lincoln County High School in Fayetteville, Tenn., killing a classmate who was dating his ex-girlfriend.

April 28, 1998: Two teenage boys are shot to death and a third is wounded as they played basketball at a Pomona, Calif., elementary school hours after classes had ended. A 14-year-old boy is charged; the shooting is blamed on rivalry between two groups of youths.

April 24, 1998 : A 48-year-old science teacher is shot to death in front of students at graduation dance in Edinboro, Pa. A 14-year-old student at James W. Parker Middle School is charged.

March 24, 1998: Four girls and a teacher are shot to death and 10 others wounded during a false fire alarm at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Ark., when two boys, ages 11 and 13, open fire from the woods. Both are convicted in juvenile court of murder and can be held up to age 21.

Dec. 1, 1997: Three students are killed and five others wounded while they take part in a prayer circle in a hallway at Heath High School in West Paducah, Ky. A 14-year-old student pleads guilty but mentally ill to murder and is serving life in prison. One of the wounded girls is left paralyzed.

Oct. 1, 1997: A 16-year-old outcast in Pearl, Miss., is accused of killing his mother, then going to Pearl High School and shooting nine students. Two of them die, including the suspect's ex-girlfriend. The 16-year-old is sentenced to life in prison. Two others await trial on accessory charges.

Feb. 19, 1997: A 16-year-old student opens fire with a shotgun in a common area at the Bethel, Alaska, high school, killing the principal and a student. Two other students are wounded. Authorities later accuse two other students of knowing the shootings would take place. Evan Ramsey was sentenced to two 99-year terms.

Feb. 2, 1996: A 14-year-old boy wearing a trench coat walks into algebra class with a hunting rifle and allegedly opens fire, killing the teacher and two students. A third student is injured during the shooting at a junior high school in Moses Lake, Wash.

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