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Thurston High School shooter speaks out after killing parents and two classmates in 1998

He told HuffPost he feels ''tremendous, tremendous shame and guilt.''

Posted: Jun 12, 2021 7:25 PM

SALEM, Ore.-- Kip Kinkel, who killed his parents before going on a shooting rampage at his Oregon high school in 1998, killing two classmates and injuring 25 more, has given his first news interview.

He told HuffPost he feels ''tremendous, tremendous shame and guilt.'' Kinkel, now 38, is serving a de facto life sentence.

He said he felt guilty not just for what he did as a 15-year-old suffering from then-undiagnosed paranoid schizophrenia, but the effect his crime has had on other juvenile offenders sentenced to life terms.

His case has been held up by some of his victims and by others to oppose juvenile justice reform in the state.

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