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Unlike other high school shootings there were no deaths as a result of the Heritage High School shooting. A practiced shooter with knowledge of the weapons fired every shot low and chose the weakest weapon for his assault and saved the most powerful for his failed suicide attempt, who was really his target?
On Thursday May 20, 1999 at around 8:15 AM Cecil Brinkley, Heritage High School’s Assistant Principal, found himself in a uniquely terrifying situation for which his years in education could not have prepared him. Brinkley was face to face with a scared and desperate 15-year-old student who had put the barrel of a handgun into his mouth as he knelt on the front lawn of the school.