Year Book Photo
Year Book Photo

Jolene Leu's High School Yearbook Photo

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Jolene's Daughter, McKenna
Jolene's Daughter, McKenna

Jolene Leu's daughter, McKenna, standing outside of Thurston High School.

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poem
poem

A poem written by Jolene Leu about the shooting.

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Year Book Photo
Year Book Photo

Jolene Leu's High School Yearbook Photo

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Road Trip
Road Trip

This was taken on a road trip that Aubrey's parents took them on the summer after the shooting. Aubrey says "I only remember 5 or 6 clips of this trip even though it was several weeks long, I think. I don't even remember when in the summer it happened." I'm with my sister, Shana, and cousin, Brandee and I'm pretty sure we're somewhere on the Oregon Coast.

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Drawing
Drawing

This is Aubrey Bulkeley's recreation of the photo she drew for the detective with some added details. She drew this on May 25, 1998 during the tedious hours of sitting around her house after the Thurston High School shooting.

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Yearbook
Yearbook

This is the cover of the 1998 Thurston yearbook.

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Road Trip
Road Trip

This was taken on a road trip that Aubrey's parents took them on the summer after the shooting. Aubrey says "I only remember 5 or 6 clips of this trip even though it was several weeks long, I think. I don't even remember when in the summer it happened." I'm with my sister, Shana, and cousin, Brandee and I'm pretty sure we're somewhere on the Oregon Coast.

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Aubrey Bulkeley was a 14-year-old freshman at Thurston High School when the shooting took place.
Left: Gallery of images and poems
Images provided by Aubrey Bulkeley
Jenny Gregory was a Freshman in the school during the Thurston shooting. She witnessed the shooting through a classroom window.
Right: An image gallery of graduation memorial items.
Image provided by Jenny Gregory
Memorial Ribbon
Memorial Ribbon

Memorial ribbons given out at the Thurston graduation.

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Memorial Pins
Memorial Pins

Memorial pins given out at the Thurston graduation.

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Cap Tassel
Cap Tassel

Memorial tassel used at the Thurston graduation.

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Memorial Ribbon
Memorial Ribbon

Memorial ribbons given out at the Thurston graduation.

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The Thurston Fence.
The Thurston Fence.

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The Thurston Fence inscription.
The Thurston Fence inscription.

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The Thurston Fence.
The Thurston Fence.

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Brian Bull is a reporter with KLCC. Brian covered the Thurston 20-year anniversary.
Left: Images of The Thurston Wall
Images provided by Brian Bull
 

On May 20th, 1998, fifteen-year-old Kipland, “Kip,” Kinkel was suspended from Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon, for attempting to buy a stolen gun from his friend, Korey Ewert. Both Kip and Korey were arrested and questioned before being released to their parents. Later that day, after Bill threatened military school, Kip “grabbed the .22 rifle from his room, got ammunition from his parents room, went downstairs and fired one shot to the back of his father's head. Kip then dragged his father's body into the bathroom and covered it with a sheet.”  When his mother, Faith, returned from the grocery store a few hours later, Kip told her he loved her and then shot her several times.
With his parents dead, Kip turned his attention to his school, Thurston High. According to his confession, he prepared all night for the next morning. At 7:55AM on May 21st, 1998,  Kip Kinkel walked into Thurston’s cafeteria with three guns and a hunting knife and shot and killed two students, sixteen-year-old Ben Walker and seventeen-year-old Mikael Nickolauson, and wounded almost two dozen more. The attacked was halted by five students who wrestled Kip to the ground.


In September of 1999, at the alleged urging of his older sister Kristen, Kip pleaded guilty to four counts of murder and twenty-six counts of attempted murder. At his sentencing trial, several of Kip’s victims gave emotional testimony. Kip himself read a statement of apology for his crimes, saying at one point, “I had no reason to dislike or try to kill anyone at Thurston. I am truly sorry for all of this.”


At the trial, the defense argued a long history of undiagnosed or underdiagnosed mental illness. In his intake psychological evaluations with Dr. Orin Bolstad, Kip revealed a history of hearing voices and hallucinations similar to those associated with schizophrenia.5  He also admitted that he had ceased taking prescribed Prozac.


That Prozac was prescribed by Dr. Jeffrey Hicks in 1997. Kip had gotten into trouble with a friend for throwing rocks at a car and had been referred to Dr. Hicks, a psychologist, for evaluation and treatment.  Dr. Hicks recalled in court that Faith Kinkel brought her son in with a growing concern for his “fascination with guns, knives, and explosives, and antisocial acting out.” Dr. Hicks also testified that at no time did Kip reveal hearing voices. 


Kip Kinkel saw Dr. Hicks a total of nine times after which Faith and Dr. Hicks agreed Kip was making sufficient progress on the prescribed Prozac, and could manage his symptoms on his own. In that same year, Kip’s father, Bill Kinkel, purchased two guns for Kip, a 9mm Glock and a .22 rifle, with the understanding they would not be used without parental supervision. Less than a year later, Kip would use that same rifle to murder his parents before bringing both guns along with one other to Thurston High School.