Would things have been different at California's Santana High School if suspect Charles Andrew Williams hadn't been called a freak? If he hadn't been mocked about his looks? Although authorities have yet to specify what prompted the March 5 shooting at Santana—which left two teen-agers dead and 13 other people wounded—schoolmates say Williams was the butt of frequent teasing. He was called a freak, a dork, and a nerd. He was mocked for his skinny appearance; his skateboard reportedly was stolen.

The March 5 tragedy and others like it have prompted lawmakers and school


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