Teen in Calif. school shooting wrote revenge story

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - A 16-year-old boy accused of shooting a classmate at a California high school wrote a story posted online about a bullied student who kills his former tormentors as an adult.

Investigators found the piece written by 16-year-old Bryan Oliver that describes the killing of several people by torture and other morbid means, according to the Bakersfield Californian ( http://bit.ly/13EYfwP).

Oliver has been charged as an adult in a shooting at Taft Union High School in January that left two people injured. He pleaded not guilty to two counts of premeditated attempted murder and three counts of assault with a firearm.

Friends of Oliver said he was teased by his classmates for his red hair and social awkwardness. Students and parents have said that Oliver was suspended briefly last year after he made a hit list, the newspaper said.

The story was posted online last summer and features a character who is tormented by his peers. Bullies douse the character with a bucket of goat's blood at graduation and years later he kills the student who tipped the bucket, according to the newspaper.

The story goes on to show how the character killed his persecutors in ways that echo their past harassment.

The family of the classmate who was injured in the school shooting has filed a claim against the school district, claiming administrators should have known or knew that Oliver was dangerous.

Oliver's next court hearing is scheduled for May.


Information from: The Bakersfield Californian, http://www.bakersfield.com

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Top Stories

  • Prime-Time
    Will prime-time be a good time for the Seahawks once again?

  • Week in Photos
    Cheetahs, penguins and Santa make it in this week's photos
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from MyNorthwest.com
In the community
Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.