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1 student shot at high school in Taft, Calif.

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People who know a student suspected of opening fire with a shotgun in a high school classroom in Taft, Calif., say he's a loner often teased by classmates.
 
Authorities haven't released the name of the suspect in Thursday's wounding of a 16-year-old boy at Taft Union High School.
 
But people in the small San Joaquin Valley town who know his identity say he was teased for his small stature.
 
They describe him as smart but say he sometimes said irreverent things that brought scorn from classmates.
 
Neighbor Trish Montes says her son used to work at the school and tutored the student last year. She says her son felt sorry for him and would sometimes walk with him between classes.

Authorities: Teen planned attack

Authorities say a boy who fired on classmates and wounded one at a rural California high school had planned the attack and targeted students he felt had bullied him for more than a year.
 
Kern County sheriff Donny Youngblood said at a news conference Thursday night that the 16-year-old used a shotgun that belonged to his brother and went to bed Wednesday night with a plan to shoot two fellow students.
 
Youngblood says surveillance video shows the boy trying to conceal the gun as he nervously enters Taft Union High School through a side entrance after school had started Thursday morning.
 
The boy entered his classroom, shot and critically injured one student, then fired on others before a teacher and another staff member talked him into surrendering.

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