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Teacher describes gay student shooting

July 21, 2009 5:32:14 AM PDT
The Oxnard teen accused of murdering a gay classmate, apparently admitted his actions to police, then apologized. According to the Ventura County Star, a police sergeant testified Monday during a preliminary hearing that 15-year-old Brandon McInerney said he shot 15-year-old Larry King when officers stopped him near the EO Green school campus.

The teen is being tried as an adult for first degree murder and hate crime. Meantime, the teacher who witnessed the shooting in her classroom last year says she's still haunted by the memories of that day.

"I definitely went through several bouts of depression, serious depression," said teacher Dawn Boldrin.

Boldrin said nothing in her teaching credentials could prepare her for the horror she witnessed in her 8th grade classroom February last year.

"I did see Brandon, I did see him shoot the two times. I did yell at him, I remember the smoke, I remember the smell, I remember the chaos," she said.

Boldrin said when she heard the first shot she thought it was a student popping something, or maybe a computer screen in class exploding.

"I turned around and said rather un-teacherly, 'What the hell are you doing?' And that's when Brandon shot him again, and we made eye contact, and I remember looking at Brandon. I remember him looking at me," Boldrin said.

She said the whole tragedy is puzzling because even though some students teased Larry for being different, she wasn't aware of anyone wanting to harm him.

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