USA: SUSPECT IN OREGON HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING APPEARS IN COURT
Date: 05/22/1998 04:00 AM
Oregon, U-S - 22 May 1998
1. Suspect Kip Kinkel escorted by police
2. Still photo of Jake Ryker the boy who tackled the suspect
3. Wide of press conference of family of boy who tackled suspect
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Josh Ryker, Brother of Jake Ryker
6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Mrs Linda Ryker, Mother of Jake Ryker
7. Wide of presser
The teenager suspected of spraying gunfire into a crowded high school cafeteria in Springfield, Oregon, has appeared in court for the first time.
The suspect, 15-year-old Kip Kinkel, was escorted by police past waiting media on his way into the court room.
Kinkel faces adult charges of murder - if convicted, he could be sentenced to life imprisonment.
Under Oregon law, juveniles cannot get the death penalty.
Investigators said on Friday that the rampage - which left 23 students hurt - could have been worse if it hadn't been for the heroics of student wrestler Jake Ryker,
Ryker apparently tackled the gun wielding youth, and despite being shot managed to tear the gun away.
But his family say he doesn't think of himself as a hero.
"He does not like being called a hero because neither him nor I think we are heroes (Q: Why not?) "It just doesn't seem that way we just did what we were taught"
SUPER CAPTION: Josh Ryker, Brother of Jake Ryker
"We all feel that everybody in that cafeteria that day did their part - they were all heroes. If it wasn't for a big group effort there would have been a whole lot more injuries."
SUPER CAPTION: Mrs Linda Ryker, Mother of Jake Ryker