New Mexico Gunman Planned to Take Classroom Hostage and ‘Go Apesh*t’

In this undated photo provided by the San Juan County Sheriff's Office is William Atchison. A 21-year-old gunman who disguised himself as a student to get into a New Mexico high school where he killed two students had caught the attention of U.S. investigators more than a year ago, authorities …
San Juan County Sheriff's Office

The gunman who posed as a student and opened fire on New Mexico’s Aztec High School wrote a manifesto in which he said he planned to take a classroom hostage and “go apesh*t.”

The gunman, William Atchison, then planned to kill himself.

Daily Mail published Atchison’s manifesto, dated December 7, 2017:

If things go according to plan, today would be when I die. I wait until the school buses are detected, then head out on foot disguised as a student. I go somewhere and gear up, then hold a class hostage and go apesh*t, then blow my brains out.

World sucks, school sucks, life sucks.

I just want out of this sh*t.

F*ck this state, it really is bad. Think I’m insane? I’m actually more rational, peaceful and less loony than a majority of the citizenry of this entire region.

Atchison opened fire on December 7 as planned but was unable to enter the classroom after the teacher told students to push a sofa against the door.

He killed a student inside a bathroom and a student in the hall, then killed himself.

Atchison used a handgun to carry out his attack and acquired that gun legally from a local store. The Associated Press reports that Atchison “did not have a criminal record,” not even “a traffic ticket.”

His attack is yet another reminder that teachers and staff need to be armed to defend themselves and their students.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News, the host of the Breitbart podcast Bullets, and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkinsa weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at


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