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 October 25, 2000


 Armed Teen Releases Arizona Elementary School Students


 After a one-hour standoff at Pioneer Elementary School in Glendale, Ariz.,

 an armed teenager surrendered to authorities, freeing a classroom of

 elementary-school students and a teacher he was holding hostage, the

 Associated Press reported Oct. 24.


 The gunman was a former student at the elementary school. "He came here

 with a purpose but thank goodness he didn't carry it out," said police

 spokesman Matt Brown, who would not elaborate on the situation.


 According to Brown, the teenager carried a 9mm handgun taken from his

 father. The classroom was full of 13-year-old students when he entered,

 but he gradually let students go. >>