abc
QUICK LINKS:

Revenge Probed as Motive in Denver Area School Shooting

Updated: 12/14/2013 2:19 PM
Created: 12/13/2013 2:31 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

A student who walked into his suburban Denver high school with a shotgun looking for a specific teacher was a skilled debater with strong political views who recently was kicked off the speech and debate team.
    
Eighteen-year-old Karl Pierson critically wounded one student before apparently killing himself Friday at Arapahoe High School as police moved in.
    
Steve Miles is an English teacher who taught Pierson as a freshman. He says the school librarian who ran the speech team cut Pierson from the team, but he didn't know why.
    
Authorities haven't identified Pierson's target, but students say it was the librarian.
    
Fellow students describe Pierson as outspoken and smart - not a loner. They also say he held communist views.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
 

Sheriffs deputies stand guard over students after they were evacuated to the track and football field at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo., on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, where a student shot at least one other student.
Photo: AP/Ed Andrieski

Dense Fog Advisory

WI AREAS AFFECTED: Barron; Chippewa; Dunn; Eau Claire; Polk; Rusk; St. Croix
Expires: 11/23/2014 12:00 PM

Minneapolis/St. Paul

Overcast
49°
50° | 25°
  • Feels like: 49° F
  • Wind: S 3mph
  • Humidity: 97%
  • Mon Windy with morning snow showers
    25° | 7°
  • Tue More sun than clouds
    24° | 12°
  • Wed Snow showers early
    20° | 6°
  • Thu Mostly sunny
    16° | 10°

Video

KSTP NEWS