10 years after Red Lake shootings, memories still haunt

Pioneer Press

BEMIDJI, Minn. — A high school math teacher who grew up in Arkansas and one of her students on the Red Lake Indian Reservation have built on a lifelong bond since a 16-year-old boy shot his way into their classroom during a rampage in which he killed seven people before shooting himself.

Neither was hurt in the attack, but the trauma of the day has barely receded a decade later, leaving the survivors to nurse their own psychic wounds and speak up for other others.

Missy Dodds was nearing the end of a challenging school day March 21, 2005, having just kicked a few troublesome students out of her seventh-period study hall when she heard a commotion outside. It was Jeff Weise, the teen who had already killed his grandfather and grandfather’s companion elsewhere on the reservation before coming to his high school in search of more targets.