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Two Wounded at Ark. School Shooting

May 11, 2000

PRAIRIE GROVE, Ark. (AP) _ A seventh-grader and a city police officer were wounded this morning in a shooting at a school, state police said.

State police spokesman Bill Sadler said troopers were called to Praire Grove Junior High School in the community about 10 miles southwest of Fayetteville in northwestern Arkansas.

Officers weren’t sure whether the shooting occurred on school grounds or just outside, Sadler said.

The 12-year-old student, whose gender wasn’t immediately known, was believed to have been shot three times. Neither the student nor the officer’s injuries were believed to be life-threatening.

Two years ago, a pair of students at Jonesboro Westside Middle School _ about 200 miles east of Prairie Grove _ triggered a fire alarm on their campus and opened fire with rifles as students and teachers spilled from the building. Four students and a teacher were killed and 10 people were wounded.

Last year, two students in Littleton, Colo., killed 12 students and a teacher before committing suicide inside Columbine High School.

Other campus shootings have occurred in Pennsylvania, Oregon and Mississippi.

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