Ron Edwards

On Feb. 19, 1997, a headteacher in a remote Alaskan town became the victim of a school rampage when he was shot dead by a teenage pupil.  Ron Edwards, principal of the Bethel, Alaska school for four years, was killed by a student armed with a rifle and revolver. Another student was fatally shot and two others were wounded when Evan Ramsey went on a 20-minute shooting spree. Teachers tried to talk him into dropping his gun. The violence ended in his arrest after an exchange of fire with local police. Ramsey was a loner whose father had a criminal history, students said. He had talked of bringing a gun to school and shooting the headmaster, but no one took him seriously.

On Dec. 2, 1998, Ramsey was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of first-degree attempted murder, and fifteen counts of third-degree assault. Judge Mark Isaac Wood sentenced him to 210 years in prison; on appeal, however, his sentence was reduced to two 99-year prison sentences. He is imprisoned at the Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward, and will be eligible for parole in 2066, when he will be 85 years old.

On February 15, 2006, Ramsey did an interview with Anderson Cooper titled In the Mind of a Killer, in which his father Don Ramsey blamed the video game Doom for the shooting. His crime was also profiled on the Court TV series Anatomy of a Crime.

To help honor Ron Edwards


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