Thurston High School Shooting: 20 Years Later

May 24, 2018

On May 21, 1998, one of the earliest modern-day school shootings erupted in the rural, working-class community of Springfield, Oregon.  At Thurston High School, freshman Kipland Kinkel opened fire on his classmates, inside a crowded cafeteria. The incident preceded the more infamous Columbine shooting by nearly a year. 

On May 26, 1998 -their first day back to Thurston High since the shooting - students and families formed a circle to sing "Amazing Grace".
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KLCC's Brian Bull created a series of reports, revisiting the tragic events that left four people dead, two dozen wounded, and the community shocked and reeling in the aftermath.  Here are those reports.

Thurston School Shooting 20 Years Later:  Profiles in Tragedy and Triumph

Thurston Shooting Series Part 1:  20 Years Later, Wounds and Questions Still Linger

Thurston Shooting Series Part 2:  Survivors Cope, Prosper and Reflect

Thurston Shooting Series Part 3:  A Look at Kip Kinkel's Life Behind Prison Walls

NPR's Here & Now - As U.S. Grapples With Another School Shooting, Oregon Town Marks 20 Years Since Its Own

Special KLCC Documentary: The Thurston High School Shooting, 20 Years Later

A Look at the Thurston High School Shooting 20th Anniversary
(Love Cross interviews Brian Bull about his Thurston reports)


Thurston High School Honors Victims and Survivors with Anniversary Remembrance


Candlelight Vigil Concludes 20th Anniversary Observance of Thurston School Shooting

William S. Fort Park across Thurston High School was the site of a solemn candlelight vigil May 21, 2018, 20 years after the shooting.
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