Estrangement led to school shooting

Police say Teah Wimberly, 15, shot and killed her classmate in Fort Lauderdale because they had stopped speaking.

Associated Press

Police say Teah Wimberly, 15, shot and killed her classmate in Fort Lauderdale because they had stopped speaking.

MIAMI — A 15-year-old accused of fatally shooting her classmate was upset because the two had recently stopped talking and told police she brought a gun to school because she "wanted her to feel pain like me," according to an affidavit.

Teah Wimberly, a 15-year-old sophomore at Fort Lauderdale's Dillard High School, was ordered held in jail for 21 days Thursday, and will likely undergo a psychological examination before her next court date.

"She's a very troubled young girl, and we asked the judge to order a confidential psychological evaluation," said her attorney, Gary Kollin. Wimberly's family was "distraught about the fact that a child has died" and "saddened by the fact that Teah is in custody."

Wimberly is charged with first-degree murder and discharging a weapon on school property in the killing of Amanda Collette, also 15.

Officer Mark A. Shotwell, who interviewed Wimberly, wrote in the affidavit that she said the two had been friends, but recently stopped speaking.

Investigators said Wimberly shot Collette, then walked to a seafood restaurant to call authorities and turn herself in. Prosecutors are considering charging her as an adult.

Dozens of high school students gathered before classes Thursday for a brief memorial service in Collette's honor. Some students wore black, while others brought flowers and teddy bears. A few said prayers.

Estrangement led to school shooting 11/13/08 [Last modified: Friday, November 14, 2008 8:24pm]

    

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