An anti-bullying video that showed a girl bringing a gun to school may have influenced the 12-year-old shooter at Sparks Middle School, reports KRNV-TV in Reno.
Amaya Newton, an eighth grader, said the video was shown on Oct. 11, the last school day before the shootings.
“It was an anti-bullying movie but it could have gotten into his head about the girl scaring the bullies with the gun. She brought a gun on the bus to scare them and threatened to kill them,” Amaya told News 4.
Asked about the video’s message, she said, “That maybe it’s easier to scare your bullies than just to tell a teacher.”
The shooter was harassed by classmates, Amaya said. “Like tripping him in the hallways, bugging him for money . . . ” He never spoke up.