Arkansans Reflect on 1974 School Shooting

Jan 17, 2013

An old copy of the 1974 newspaper article on the shooting

This week marks the one month anniversary of the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

As we remember that incident, KUAR's Karen Tricot Steward looks back at a school shooting that happened in central Arkansas in 1974 and talks to three people who remember that day.

These are their memories and do not reflect the views of the perpetrator, victims, teachers or law enforcement.

Two of the students interviewed, Bob Williams and Wendy Efird, attended Booker Junior High in Little Rock where the shooting occurred and the third, Judy Drummond Covert, was a student at nearby Mann Junior High. 

A 1974 newspaper report in the Arkansas Democrat concluded that most of the 36 reports of firearms on or near Little Rock School District campuses in the past three years involve use by students, all but one of them black.

Meanwhile, the Arkansas Gazette reported that officials at Booker Junior High School were aware that their was animosity between the students involved in the shooting and that they had been watching them minutes before the shots were fired.