October 24th, 2014
10:59 PM ET

Schoolmate: Marysville school shooter was "well-liked, respected in community"

Following a day which left two teens dead, and four others injured, after a school shooting in the state of Washington, on Friday evening Anderson Cooper interviewed Nate Heckendorf, a student at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

Watch the above video as Heckendorf describes one of the dead, a girl he's know since the fourth grade, while also detailing the exchange he had with the shooter, who took his own life, on the morning of the incident.

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  1. kenmargo

    It's been proven again. America loves guns more than children. Frankly I stopped caring a long time ago. Just bury the unlucky victims and move on. We don't change things for the better. Several states actually changed the law to make it easier to get guns. They've been brainwashed by the NRA line "The best way to stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun" nonsense. Guess what? sometimes the bad guy wins. Police get shot all the time. Aren't they the good guys?

    The thing that really angers me is the "pro lifers" If a woman wants an abortion, the repubs quote god left and right. If the baby life is aborted by a gun life AFTER birth, god doesn't matter then.

    October 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm |
  2. whatifdave

    Mr Anderson Cooper, I hope you could do a report about how Europe is already using multipurpose cards. Then report the benefits of utilizing such cards. In addition, are some people using smart guns and how do they work?
    1. Can all in one card and smart technologies help stop these shootings at schools and shootings in any given town? Driver's licenses, car insurance, gun ownership ID, and bankcards could be produced as one card. People must possess these cards for their guns to work. A chip, instead of a magnetic strip could be inserted in this card to enhance security.
    2.There are wristbands and fingerprint technologies that only allow the rightful owner of guns to use their weapons. This could prevent students from carrying out threats. So possessing all in one cards, as well as fingerprint technology, will be double levels of protection.
    3. We also read about human trafficking. I will bet those who are in the human trafficking do not have a valid driver's license and car insurance. If a person does not have a valid driver's license and car insurance of these all in one cards, their credit/debt/ATM cards will not work. They will not be able to purchase gas or get cash from the ATM. These all in one card could help stop people from driving without a valid driver's license and car insurance.
    4. What if new policies with health, automobile and home insurances were to help gun owners purchase these smart guns technology, they would get big reduction in liability costs? After all, everyone's insurance costs are higher due to hospitals taking care of the injured.
    These are just things to think about as an alternative to solve school shootings among other things. This is just FOOD FOR THOUGHT.

    October 26, 2014 at 10:55 am |
    • kenmargo

      Gun makers are against smart tech. They say it's too expensive.

      October 27, 2014 at 7:19 pm |
  3. wisdomshoveler

    These shootings happen more and more often because: 1) Americans LOVE their guns, the more the merrier 2) we are a violent society 3) with each such event the media has a feeding frenzy and turns the criminal's proverbial 15 minutes of fame into 15 days of fame, which is an incentive to anyone seeking this kind of recognition. Wringing our hands and repeating "What a tragedy!" is not helpful. One question to ask is: WTF is wrong with our young males?!

    October 25, 2014 at 4:22 pm |

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