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ANDY WILLIAMS HERE. UNHAPPY KID. TIRED OF BEING PICKED ON. READY TO BLOW. WANT TO KILL SOME PEOPLE. CAN ANYBODY HEAR ME? HOW DID THINGS GET SO BAD?

After Andy Williams, 15, was arrested for opening fire on his classmates in Santee, Calif., last week, his mother Linda Williams wept before a TV crew and said, "He's lost. His future's gone." No grownup in his life seems to have been looking out for that future before the shooting. Charles Andrew Williams had been a lost boy for some time--hopelessly adrift in a dysfunctional, anonymous suburban landscape, craving acceptance but too often meeting rejection instead.

His schoolmates bullied him. His mother rarely saw him. His father neglected him. Even his friends taunted him--and may well have goaded him into his...

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