Williamsport: Girlhoods Interrupted

Elizabeth Catherine Bush was no Charles Andrew Williams. She didn't shoplift booze or boast of pulling a Columbine. Bush was a quiet eighth-grader who attended Bishop Neumann High School in Williamsport, Pa., a cozy Roman Catholic school that holds spaghetti suppers and sock hops. A stickler for safety, Bush lectured the school bus driver for speeding through railroad crossings. She tacked posters of Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King Jr. to her bedroom walls and affixed pictures of the Columbine victims to the bulletin board over her desk. Her parents say she wanted to be a human-rights activist--or a nun.

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