Morbidology the Podcast – 164: Westside School Shooting

Podcast released on: 8th August 2022

It was shortly after lunch time at Westboro Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas, on the 24th of March, 1998, when the fire alarm began blaring in the classrooms. Children shuffled out into the schoolyard. It was a welcome relief from the morning’s mundane classes. As children stood around chatting, a pop echoed in the schoolyard,…


It was shortly after lunch time at Westboro Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas, on the 24th of March, 1998, when the fire alarm began blaring in the classrooms. Children shuffled out into the schoolyard. It was a welcome relief from the morning’s mundane classes. As children stood around chatting, a pop echoed in the schoolyard, followed by another and then another…

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Audio Sources:

“USA: JONESBORO: STUDENTS RETURN TO SCHOOL AFTER MASS SHOOTING”

Sources:

All Things Considered, 25 March, 1998 – “Jonesboro Aftermath”

Associated Press, 25 March, 1998 – “Five Killed as Students, Teachers, Ambushed Outside Arkansas School”

All Things Considered, 25 March, 1998 – “Jonesboro Update”

Associated Press, 25 March, 1998 – “Slain Teacher Recalled as Hero”

Associated Press, 25 March, 1998 – “School Tries to Cope After Shooting”

Columbia Daily Tribune, 25 March, 1998 – “Killings Stun Town”

Daily Record, 25 March, 1998 – “Playground Ambush”

The Atlanta Journal Constitution, 25 March, 1998 – “Arkansas School Shooting”

The Miami Herald, 25 March, 1998 – “Slaughter Stains a Schoolyard”

Akron Beacon Journal, 26 March, 1998 – “Troublemaker and Choirboy Are Charged”

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 26 March, 1998 – “Illness Faked, the Weapons Were Gathered”

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 26 March, 1998 – “Town Reels from Shooting”

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 26 March, 1998 – “Huckabee to Create Task Force to Revise Juvenile Justice Code”

Associated Press, 26 March, 1998 – “Suspect in School Shooting Admits Stealing Guns”

The Calgary Sun, 26 March, 1998 – “Accused Bragged”

Chicago Sun-Times, 26 March, 1998 – “Still Shaken, Jonesboro Students Resume Classes”

The Plain Dealer, 26 March, 1998 – “Accused Shooters Said to be Bullies”

St. Paul Pioneer Press, 26 March, 1998 – “Teachers Were Heroes”

The Sun, 26 March, 1998 – “Mitchell is Gonna Kill Me”

The Calgary Sun, 27 March, 1998 – “Son Defended”

The Columbian, 27 March, 1998 – “Arkansas Town Weeps as the Funerals Begin”

Contra Costa Times, 27 March, 1998 – “Dad Says Son Sorry Over School Killings”

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 27 March, 1998 – “Two Youths Spend Time Locked up Alone in Tiny Cells”

The Star-Ledger, 28 March, 1998 – “Grandad Stills Supports Armed kids”

The Dallas Morning News, 27 March, 1998 – “13-Year-Old Boasted of Violence”

Ventura County Star, 27 March, 1998 – “Making Punishment Fit Crime”

Houston Chronicle, 28 March, 1998 – “The Day Evil Raised its Head”

Star Tribune, 28 March, 1998 – “Boy Reportedly Investigated in Minnesota Sex Case”

Akron Beacon Journal, 29 March, 1998 – “Slain Teacher Praised as Hero”

Austin American-Statesman, 29 March, 1998 – “Dawn to Darkness in Jonesboro”

Mail on Sunday, 29 March, 1998 – “My Friends Told Me He Wanted to Kill Me”

Associated Press, 31 March, 1998 – “Suspect in Arkansas School Shooting Accused of Molesting Toddler”

The Deseret News, 31 March, 1998 – “Arkansas Lawmakers Taking Aim at Gun Laws”

Long Beach Press-Telegram, 6 April, 1998 – “He Didn’t Mean to Hurt Them”

The Toronto Star, 6 April, 1998 – “The Good Boy Outsider Didn’t Fit In”

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 7 April, 1998 – “Lawyer Says Boy Held in Ambush Molested as Kid”

Associated Press, 10 April, 1998 – “School Shooting Suspect’s Father Alters Story of Abuse”

The Kansas City Star, 18 April, 1998 – “Lawyer Accused of Ethical Breach”

The Dallas Morning News, 27 April, 1998 – “Jonesboro Boys to be Tied in Open Court”

The Commercial Appeal, 15 May, 1998 – “Stephanie’s Light”

Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 9 July, 1998 – “Clinton Evokes Jonesboro, Urges New Lid on Guns”

Associated Press, 15 July, 1998 – “Lawmakers Hear from Victims from Arkansas school Shooting”

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 15 July, 1998 – “Toughen Juvenile Laws, Slain Teacher’s Husband Says”

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 12 August, 1998 – “Boys Convicted of Murdering 5”

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 12 August, 1998 – “Victims; Kin Face Killers”

Associated Press, 12 August, 1998 – “Both Boys Guilty in Jonesboro School Shooting”

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 15 December, 1998 – “Killer’s Parents Not Free From Suit”

The Commercial Appeal, 12 June, 1999 – “New Lockup Will Hold Jonesboro Pair”

https://www.arkansasonline.com/westside/

Associated Press, 25 May, 2007 – “Jonesboro Shooter Andrew Golden Likely to be Released”

Benton County Daily Record, 15 November, 20098 – “Jonesboro Shooter Sentenced to 12 Years”

Associated Press, 15 April, 2008 – “Attorney Finds Andrew Golden”

Pine Bluff Commercial, 30 July, 2019 – “1998 Arkansas School Shooter Killed in Crash”

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