Taft High School shooting

Associated Press
Parents and students gather outside Taft Union High School after a shooting on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2012 in Taft, Calif.   The sheriff of Kern County, Calif., says a 16-year-old student shot at a high school is in critical but stable condition. Sheriff Donny Youngblood says the shooter is a student who walked into a class at Taft Union High School Thursday morning and shot the teen with a shotgun, and then fired at another student but missed. A teacher suffered a minor pellet wound to the head. Youngblood says the teacher tried to get other students out a back door, then he and another staff member engaged the shooter in conversation to distract him, and convinced him to put down the gun. (AP Photo/The Bakersfield Californian, Alex Horvath)  MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES; ONLINE OUT; TV OUT

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A 16-year-old boy armed with a shotgun opened fire in a California high school classroom on Jan. 10, critically wounding a fellow student before two staff members talked him into surrendering the weapon, authorities said.

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