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Hunter pens resolution condemning school shooting

March 09, 2001|By ERIKA BUCK, Special to this newspaper

WASHINGTON (MNS) — In the wake of the shooting at Santana High School in Santee earlier this week, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, introduced a resolution to the House of Representatives on Thursday condemning the gunman's actions.

The resolution also expressed condolences to the families and friends of the victims in the shootings and applauded the efforts of law enforcement officials and Santana High School faculty and staff.

Fifteen-year-old Charles Andrew Williams killed two students and wounded 13 other people at his high school on Monday, after making threats over the weekend that friends believed were jokes. With scenes like the one at Santana repeating itself at schools across the country, the resolution introduced by Hunter urged the country to ‘‘engage in a national dialogue on preventing school violence.''

Hunter, who represents Imperial County and eastern San Diego County, is expected to lead discussion on the resolution on the House floor Tuesday. The House will vote on the resolution before passing it on to the Senate.

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A spokesman for Hunter said he expected one of California's senators, Sen. Dianne Feinstein or Sen. Barbara Boxer, to introduce the concurrent resolution on the Senate side.

The resolution echoed one introduced after two students killed 14 people and injured 23 others before killing themselves at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., on April 20, 1999.

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