The Associated Press, April 17, 1998

Boy who opened fire wanted to teach everybody a lesson

A former lawyer for one of the two boys accused in the ambush killings at an Arkansas school says his ex-client told him he opened fire on teachers and students because he wanted to hurt people who hurt him.

"He was so angry at the hurt he had had in the past and he wanted to scream out and teach everybody a lesson," Tom Furth of Ohio said about 13-year-old Mitchell Johnson in an ABC News "20/20 Friday" interview. "He said, 'Now the world knows that they can't hurt people and get away with it.'"

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