Thurston High School

Aubrey Bulkeley

In the 21 years since the tragedy at Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon, school shootings have become more common. In 2018, The Washington Post reported more than 210 thousand students have experienced gun violence at school since Columbine. As a survivor of the Thurston shooting, I take a look back with several classmates to reflect on how that experience has stayed with us.


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Thurston High School’s auxiliary gym suffered major damage in last week’s snowstorm. The Springfield Public School Board wasted no time in addressing the situation and the structure was quickly demolished.

A janitor first noticed a crack in a beam mid-week, and by Friday, a large section of the roof had completely given way. No one was hurt.

As the U.S. Supreme Court weighs a petition to revisit the 112-year sentence of convicted school shooter Kip Kinkel, Oregon is imploring the justices to uphold it. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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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. 

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.

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This week, the Springfield community marked the 20th anniversary of the Thurston School Shooting.  The tragedy preceded many technological developments, including smart phones and social media.

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Several survivors of the 1998 Thurston High School Shooting gathered with current students today at the Memorial site just off campus.

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Yesterday, we revisited the Thurston High School shooting of May 21st, 1998…which saw the deaths of two students, gunman Kip Kinkel’s parents, and the wounding of more than two dozen classmates. In today’s segment, we look at how some survivors of the bloody incident have moved on in the 20 years since.


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Next Monday marks 20 years since Kip Kinkel - a high school student in Springfield -- opened fire on his classmates, killing two and wounding twenty-five others.  Adding to the death toll were Kinkel’s parents, both shot dead by their son the night before.  The Thurston High incident was one of the earliest modern-day school shootings, preceding Columbine by nearly a year. KLCC’s Brian Bull revisits the tragedy. 

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Kip Kinkel’s attorney says he’s disappointed by today’s Oregon Supreme Court’s decision to uphold his client’s 112-year sentence.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, there’s a few more recourses Kinkel’s defense may pursue.

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Student walk-outs were held today at South Eugene High, Sheldon High, and the University of Oregon to protest gun violence and other issues. It was all part of a nationwide "Walk-Out" event.  But Springfield saw a modest turnout at a high school marred by a shooting incident two decades ago. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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A Thurston High School student’s idea of a joke has gotten him arrested. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the boy claimed via Snapchat to be a school shooter.

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With Oregon ballot Measure 98 passing by a wide margin, supporters in Eugene celebrated Tuesday night.