Calif. school shooter thought he was bullied

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    Taft Union High School (Photo: CBSNews.com)

    TAFT, CA (CNN/KGET) -- New information on that school shooting in California. Police say the 16-year-old who allegedly blasted a classroom with bullets believed he had been bullied and the shoot-out was payback. Now he's facing attempted murder charges.

    News of the shooting spread quickly across the close-knit city of Taft, about 30 miles outside of Bakersfield. One resident says, "It's a small town, we all know each other and stuff like this don't happen here."

    Another resident says, "It just goes to show you that we're gonna have to do a lot more for our students in this small town. It might be a small environment but there's always that one bad apple."

    Panicked parents raced to the high school to be reunited with their children. A resident says, "You wouldn't think that it could happen anywhere close to your family but it does."

    Rose Jackson couldn't wait to wrap her arms around her step-son. She says, "As soon as I get my hands on him, we all touch him and we know he's o.k., it's o.k. we'll be fine."

    Nearly three hours after the shooting, terrified fathers and mothers lined up outside the school and were called into the cafeteria in groups of 50 to be reunited with their children.

    Terry Wilmeth held back tears as she breathed a sigh of relief that her son was safe. She says, "He wouldn't answer me at first when I text him, when my friend called me. I didn't have any service. I know but you freak out when you don't have, I mean what would we do without these things? We'd all be standing here freaking out but finally they let them get thru and he text me and let me know he was O.K. so now I feel much better now that he's out."

    One by one the students were released to their parents. Some walked away holding hands, others hugged as a family. Each one held on a little tighter than usual.

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