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The Red Lake School Shooting

What happened at Red Lake?
Residents of the Red Lake reservation in northern Minnesota struggled to understand a shooting March 21, 2005 that left 10 people dead and seven injured. The gunman was a 16-year-old student at Red Lake High School. He killed himself afterward.

Audio What Happened at Red Lake? A Minnesota Public Radio News documentary from American Public Media. (3/25/05)

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Red Lake High School Document Troubled teen kills nine, and himself
The boy first shot his grandfather, then donned the man's police-issue gunbelt and bulletproof vest before heading to the high school, where he shot students and teachers at random (03/21/2005)
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Cody Thunder Document Shooting victim: "I never thought he would do this"
Sophomore Cody Thunder says he had no idea Jeff Weise posed a threat until the 16-year-old opened fire at Red Lake High School. (03/24/2005)
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Jeff Weise Document Who was Jeff Weise?
It seems many people knew Jeff Weise, but few knew him well. He's been described as a loner. Students say he was sometimes teased, but rarely responded to the taunts. (03/24/2005)
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Orville White Document Starting the long process of healing
One day after the killings, people gathered to comfort one another and pray. A prayer circle at the Bemidji hospital brought the community, Indian and white, together. (03/22/2005)
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Media horde Document Red Lake stunned by shooting, and spotlight
Family connections on the reservation are strong. It's hard to find any member of the Red Lake band who's not lost a relative in the shooting. (03/22/2005)
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Prozac Document Shooting fuels debate over safety of Prozac for teens
Family members of Jeff Weise say they have questions about the medication he was taking up until the day of the shootings in Red Lake. Weise was taking the antidepressant Prozac. The shootings renewed the controversy over the use of antidepressants in children and adolescents. (03/25/2005)
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Audio Paul Luehr, a former federal prosecutor, talks about uncovering and using computer evidence in a case like Red Lake. (Morning Edition, 3/31/05)

Audio U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, whose district includes the Red Lake reservation, talks about his relationship with the tribal chairman and how he hopes Congress will react. He was in Spain when the shootings occurred. (All Things Considered, 3/30/05)

Audio The adult children of victim Neva Rogers talk about her life. (3/28/05)

Audio A history of the Red Lake Nation (Midday, 3/28/05)

Audio Identifying and helping troubled students (Midday, 3/25/05)

Audio A discussion of Red Lake sovereignty with professor Robert Clinton of Arizona State University's College of Law. (Morning Edition, 3/25/05)

Audio Relatives of Jeff Weise -- Shauna, Tammy and Tom Lussier, talk with Fred de Sam Lazaro of PBS's NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and Twin Cities Public Television. -- audio courtesy of PBS and TPT (3/25/05)

Audio Lauren Bohn, who was a student at Columbine High School when a shooting occurred there. She now lives in Hutchinson, Minnesota, and came to Red Lake to talk with students. (3/24/05)

Audio Survivor Cory Thunder, at a news conference at North Country Regional Hospital in Bemidji, describes the shooting. (3/24/05)

Audio Tony Treuer, an Ojibwe language professor at Bemidji State University, talks about the challenges facing Indian youth. (3/24/05)

Audio The role of guidance counselors in screening potentially dangerous students, with Jan Tkaczyk of the American School Counselor Association. (All Things Considered, 3/23/05)

Audio Indian youth violence, which has been studied by University of Minnesota researcher Linda Bearinger. (Morning Edition, 3/23/05)

Audio Background on the Red Lake Band from University of Minnesota professor Brenda Child, also a Red Lake Band member. (All Things Considered, 3/22/05)

Audio How to recover from a school shooting, from Bill Bond, school safety consultant. (All Things Considered, 3/22/05)

Audio Keeping schools safe (Midday, 3/22/05)

Audio Law enforcement briefing, provides details of the shooting. (03/22/2005)

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