Three persons armed with an AK-47 assault rifle and two handguns shot a 15-year-old boy to death yesteray in a New Orleans high school. The New Orleans Times-Picayune says that police suspect a retaliatory attack. Jonathan Williams, a football player nicknamed “Caveman,” died at the scene.
Police said the murder likely was payback for the killing last week of an 18-year-old student from another high school. Officials said metal detectors were operational at the school, which has four security guards and one New Orleans police officer to protect 1,000 students. School Superintendent Tony Amato promised to beef up security but said protection of students can’t be guaranteed. Of yesterday’s shooting, he said, “The boys apparently had an objective in mind, and nothing would keep them from that objective.”
Despite the Louisiana shooting, the latest available national statistics show that the violent crime victimization rate in schools dropped by 46% between 1992 and 2000. An analysis of school violence issued last November by the federal Education and Justice Departments can be found at this site: