The Thurston High School shooting took place on May 21, 1998...a year prior to the most well-known school shooting of all time, Columbine. Kipland Kinkel had struggled with mental illness, depression, and feelings of inadequacy his entire life. This showed when he would become very frustrated and anxious. Although he loved her, he was extremely jealous of his older sister who he felt was the golden child of the family. No matter how hard Kipland tried, he could not seem to excel at anything he did. In elementary school Kipland was held back for a year. His teachers felt that he was immature and his development was slow.
Although in the 2nd grade he had scored in the 90th percentile on the intelligence test, he scored very low on the motor/hand skill test and had an extremely difficult time with spelling. He excelled in two subjects, science and math.
His real issues began in the 7th grade when he used the internet to purchase The Anarchist Cookbook, wanting to learn how to build bombs. In the 8th grade, he was caught shoplifting CDs. The same year he also managed to purchase a sawed-off shotgun from a friend that his parents never found out about.
In 1997, on a snowboarding trip, Kip and his friends got in trouble with the law for throwing rocks off a highway overpass. Kinkel was in tears and extremely emotional about the situation. He was charged for the offense and his parents had to go and pick him up from Bend, Oregon where he was being held.
After this incident, Kip was sent to a psychologist and diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder. While his mother viewed him as a good kid, his father did not. She was extremely afraid that her son would harm himself or others. He had a bad temper and an obsession with weapons. Despite all of this, Kip was remorseful even writing a letter of apology for throwing the rock at the car on his trip. Shorty afterwards, he was suspended from school for a student in the head. He was supsended again for throwing a pencil at another student. He was prescribed Prozac.
For whatever reason, his father took him to buy a gun. Kip paid for the 9mm Glock with his own money. The conditions were he would not use it unless his father were with him, and it would not officially be his until he turned 21 years of age. They did not consult his psychologist about this decision. In the summer of 1997, Kip secretly bought another gun from a friend. For whatever reason, in September of 1997, his father let him purchase a Ruger .22 semiautomatic rifle.
With mutliple school shootings happening in that time (Luke Woodham, Michael Carneal, Mitchell Johnson & Andrew Golden), Kip followed these stories on the news. He referred to these events as "pretty cool".
In May of 1988, Kip and some friends TP'd a house. They were caught and had to clean it up.
On May 20th, Kip purchased a stolen loaded .32 caliber Beretta semiautomatic pistol from a friend during school hours for $110. The gun belonged to one of his friends fathers. When the man noticed it was missing, he called the school and gave them a list of all his sons friends. Kip Kinkels name was on that list. When Kip was questioned, he admitted he had the gun in his locker. He was immediately arrested along with the friend who stole and sold him the gun. The same day that he was released, he walked into the kitchen where his father was drinking coffee. Kinkel then shot him in the back of the head with his .22 rifle. He dragged his fathers body into the bathroom and covered him up with a sheet. Later that day, his mother arrived home where Kip met her in the garage.
The shooting left two students dead and 25 others wounded. He is serving a 111-year sentence without the possibility of parole. After telling her he loved her, he shot her twice in the back of the head, three times in the face, and one time through the heart. He then dragged her body across the floor and also covered her with a sheet.
The next day on May 21st, 1988 Kip dressed himself in a trench coat, filled his bag with ammo and guns, and taped a hunting knife to his leg. He drove his mother's car to the same school he had been expelled at. He opened fire killing two students and wounding 25. He had taped a bullet to his chest, planning to use it on himself when he was done. However, he was disarmed by another student and taken into custody. He is now serving an 111 year sentence without the possibility of parole.
This is an original 1998 Thurston High School Yearbook. It was released after the shooting and even has an entire section about the shooting which is very unusual. Strangely, they also decided to not remove Kipland Kinkels picture from the yearbook. It's signed by various students. The outside has some regular wear (pictured) but is in great condition considering it's age. There is no water damage, none of the pages are folded, creased, or destroyed in anyway. The binding is strong. If you have any questions or would like to see more pictures, please feel free to email us.