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Remembering the Santana School Shooting, Ten Years Later

Ten years after a searing moment of community pain, emotions still weigh heavy on the people of Santee. Feel free to use Santee Patch as a sounding board this weekend, to hopefully help release some of the weight.

Ten years ago a troubled boy came onto the campus with a loaded .22 caliber handgun taken from his father's locked gun cabinet and opened fire, killing two and wounding 13.

The shooting left a swath of death, physical injuries, panic attacks, post traumatic stress disorder and community pain, that is still being dealt with.

But, Santee also came out in an amazing display of support, and the event is not something to be forgotten.

I have observed that many Santeeans hold onto deep emotions surrounding the shooting, like a weight on their shoulders, as is to be expected. Hopefully this can be a chance to discuss the day and its affects and relieve some of the weight that the community still holds.

A number of San Diego news outlets are remembering the incident in different ways. I invite you to leave comments, start discussions, send in or upload letters or pictures you would like to share (send contributions to steven.bartholow@patch.com). Express what you feel, I just ask that you keep in mind that this is a sensitive subject, so please nothing inappropriate or hateful.

Mayor Randy Voepel has announced that he is welcoming the public to and the families and friends affected" at noon on Saturday at the concrete Santana sign at the front of campus.

Santee Patch will have a package of stories on this topic throughout the day and will update this list as we publish new items:

Here are links to other site's coverage of the anniversary, where similar discussions might be taking place:

Sign On San Diego: Scars of the Santana High Shooting- Ten Years Later

KUSI: Ten year anniversary of the Santana High School shooting

NBC San Diego: Santana HS Shooting: 10 Years Later

KGTV: Victims Of Santana HS Shooting Remembered

Peter Anderson March 05, 2011 at 03:03 PM
I can't make it to Santana this morning, but I will be there in spirit. I can remember the shock when I watched this happening when I had just moved to Santee 2 1/2 years before. I was active in a church in town then and our pastor was one of the first on the scene to help counsel. I also remember how Santee came together to heal. My thoughts will be with all at the memorial today and to all family and friends of the 2 victims.
Jeff Holz March 05, 2011 at 03:14 PM
I not only graduated from Santana in 1991, but I was also on one of the ambulances that responded to the shooting. RIP Bryan and Randy.
Dolores Brown March 05, 2011 at 09:39 PM
I didn't live in Santee at the time of the shooting. I graduated from Mt Miguel in 1975 and knew people who attended Santana at that time. I was living in Texas at the time, and was in total shock when the local radio station broke in with the news. I couldn't believe that could happen in Santee of all places. I always remembered Santee as a friendly, family community. I listened to all the news I could on the unfolding events. Nearly 4 1/2 yrs ago, I returned with my children and settled in Santee. Then came explaining to my daughter that she would be attending Santana. I wanted her to hear from me about that day, and that she would be perfectly safe. We lived in a small town of 32,000 in Texas. She did have some fear which soon vanished as she learned how warm and welcoming Santana is. She graduated last year with honors, earning 4 scholarships. The one we are most proud of is the scholarship she was awarded by the Rotary Club in the names of Bryan and Randy. What an honor it is. Although we didn't know Bryan or Randy, or the families, they will be a part of our lives always and forever in our hearts.

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