Arkansas · Massacres/Mass Murder · School Violence

5 killed, 10 wounded by two boys

March 24, 1998
Jonesboro, Arkansas
Two boys, ages 11 and 13, pull a fire alarm before running to a wooded area in front of Westside Middle School, firing upon those who fled the school

The boys had packed a bag the night before with survival gear, snacks, and several weapons (Remington 742 .30-06 rifle, Universal .30 M1 carbine replica, Smith & Wesson .38 revolver, Double Deuce Buddie .22 two-shot derringer, FIE .380 pistol, Star .380 pistol, Ruger Security Six .357 revolver, Davis Industries .38 two-shot derringer, and a Charter Arms .38 revolver) which were stolen from one of the boys’ grandfathers.

As the children and teacher evacuate, the two shot at the group, wounding 10 and killing 5 including pregnant teacher Shannon Wright. During the trials, the boys claim to have not targeted anyone specific and only wanted to scare the students and teachers. The attackers were held until their 21st birthdays, the maximum sentence under Arkansas law, which prompted public demand for longer sentences for violent juvenile offenders.

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