PA Students Return After Shooting — (Los Angeles Times)

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Los Angeles Times, From Associated Press

March 10, 2001

Connie Chung did a t.v. interview  with Elizabeth Bush and her parents. The parents mentioned that Elizabeth was taking an “antidepressant” at the time of the incident.  Ann Tracy, Ph.D., Executive Director of the International Coalition for Drug Awareness, confirmed that Elizabeth Bush was taking Paxil at the time of the shooting.

Violence: Prayers were said for the two girls involved in the incident at a parochial school.

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Students returned to a parochial school [Bishop Neumann High School] Friday to pray for two eighth-grade girls involved in a shooting two days earlier in the crowded cafeteria.

“I’m looking forward to putting everything behind me and just getting back to normal,” said Patrick Buckheit, 15.

Buckheit said he was in the cafeteria Wednesday when 14-year-old Elizabeth Catherine Bush allegedly shot 13-year-old Kimberly Marchese in the shoulder.

The suspect’s father, Gerald Bush, said Friday that he took his daughter to a range several times in the past six months to shoot paper targets with the same .22-caliber revolver allegedly used in the shooting.

His daughter took the gun, which was not locked up, from his collection, he said.

Earlier, he told the Patriot-News of Harrisburg that his daughter “seemed maybe a little depressed” that morning.

Her attorney has said she endured “name-calling and slurs and innuendoes,” some of it by the shooting victim.

Kimberly, who went home from the hospital Thursday, said she and the suspect hadn’t argued or even spoken for at least a week.

 

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Teen released, three years after school shooting

The Associated Press

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – A girl who shot a classmate in the shoulder at their Catholic high school three years ago has been released from state custody.

Elizabeth Bush, 18, has spent time in juvenile detention centers and group homes since March of 2001, when she wounded a 13-year-old acquaintance in the cafeteria of Bishop Neumann High School in Williamsport.

Bush was 14 at the time, and a recent transfer to the school. She said she was angry about being teased.

A Lycoming County Judge authorized the girl’s release, with some conditions. Bush will be required to wear an electronic monitoring anklet that will allow officials to monitor her whereabouts. She will also be banned from going to Williamsport until she is 21. Judge William S. Kieser also ordered her to continue going to therapy.

Previously, Bush has been allowed to visit her home in Jersey Shore, Pa., but this will mark the first time she has been out of state custody for an extended period. Kieser said Bush appeared to be ready.

“I believe I’ve become a productive member of society,” Bush said during the court hearing that led to her release.

Bush’s victim, Kimberly Marchese, recovered from her wounds and will be a senior this year at Bishop Neumann.

Her father, Michael, told the judge that the family did not oppose Bush’s release, as long as the court could provide assurances that she would be monitored and have no access to weapons.

“We’re not a vindictive family,” he said.

He added that his daughter is still in counseling.

After her arrest, Bush said she was depressed and had taken to cutting her arms with a razor in the months before the shooting. She said she stole a .22-caliber pistol from her father’s collection and brought it to school because she wanted people to “know my pain” from repeated teasing.

About 100 students were in the cafeteria when Bush fired. A 14-year-old classmate who rode the bus with her talked her into dropping the gun.

She was sentenced to an open-ended term at a psychiatric facility.