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Connecticut School Shooting Brings Back Memories of ROCORI Shooting

Police at the Newtown, CT School Shooting, Dec. 14, 2012
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UNDATED – An official with knowledge of a shooting at a Connecticut elementary school says 27 people are dead, including 18 children.

State police Lt. Paul Vance says only that staff and students at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown are among the victims. He says the shooter was dead in the school.

Every time there is a shooting at a school it brings back the memory of the shooting at ROCORI high school.  It’s been a little over nine years since that school shooting. That incident happened on September 24th, 2003.  Then 15-year-old Jason McLaughlin walked into the school and shot senior Aaron Rollins, and freshman Seth Bartell with a .22 caliber handgun.  Rollins died at the scene that day.  Bartell died 16 days later.

In August of 2005 McLaughlin was sentenced to life in prison.

More recently, in April of last year, a ROCORI middle school student brought a gun to school.  The gun was found in their locker.

Witnesses say the student brandished the gun in hallway after being bumped by another student. It’s not clear if the weapon was pointed at anyone.

The student was immediately taken into custody and searched.

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