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Friday, April 11, 2008

Shooting Spree Interrupted by Alert Mom?

Mom saw warning signs in son who planned shooting spree

By Scott Zamost and Abbie Boudreau
CNN Special Investigations Unit

GREENCREEK, Idaho (CNN) -- It was just 2½ years ago when Elaine Sonnen found out that her 16-year-old son, Richard, had been planning a Columbine-style attack at his high school.

It would be a fitting payback to his high school classmates who Richard said relentlessly bullied him.

"I always wanted to get back at them," Richard Sonnen said of his classmates. "I always wanted to strangle them. ... I was always mad. I was always angry and I would come home and cry to mom and dad."

Both Richard and Elaine Sonnen spoke to CNN at the 45-acre family farm.

Unlike Columbine and recent school shootings at Northern Illinois University and Virginia Tech, Elaine Sonnen did see the warning signs in her son and was able to stop him.

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Thank goodness that Elaine saw the signs and had the courage to take action! How many lives were saved because she did?


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