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Kristin Kinkel visits her brother at state facility.

Byline: The Register-Guard

Kip Kinkel, 20

Then: After murdering his parents the day before, the 15-year-old freshman shot 27 classmates at Thurston High School on May 21, 1998, killing students Ben Walker and Mikael Nickolauson; Kinkel pleaded guilty in September 1999 and was sentenced to 112 years in prison

Now: Kinkel is among 25 violent offenders at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn; he will be transferred to the Oregon Department of Corrections at age 25, unless he's uncooperative at MacLaren and is transferred earlier

Kinkel spends much of his day in a classroom, with 20 or so other young men who have been deemed violent offenders. He has completed his general equivalency diploma and has received his high school diploma, according to his sister, Kristin Kinkel.

Kinkel is treated regularly by a psychiatrist or psychologist. Like the other inmates, he serves food at mealtime, helps with laundry and cleans the facility. For recreation, he might move to an outside area or the gym.

Kristin visits regularly, if sporadically - weekly for two or three weeks at a time, then not again for three weeks, said her attorney, Don Loomis.

He doesn't ask what they talk about.

"I don't think they talk a lot about the incident," Loomis said. "They've been through that, and they've been trying to put that particular chapter of their life behind them.

"He knows where he is and where he's going to be," Loomis said. "So does she."

- Matt Cooper

Kristin Kinkel, 26

Then: Sister of shooter Kip Kinkel, daughter of victims Bill and Faith Kinkel

Now: Portland area elementary teacher

Kristin, recently married, is getting ready to sell the family home in Thurston, now part of the estate.

She cares for a grandmother who lives in the Eugene area. Kinkel teaches English-as-a-second-language in a public school in the Portland area, where she lives.

Her main pastime is cheerleading. For years Kinkel has traveled the country to compete or judge at competitions, or to instruct at camps, where she works with high school or college students.

Kristin was "in a pretty low frame of mind for a long time," Loomis said, but today she's better. Her career is progressing, and she does what she can to maintain a relationship with her brother, and with the community.

She has also grown up much faster.

"To me, she's amazing," Loomis said, "to be able to handle what she did and still maintain the poise and the positive outlook that she now has."

- Matt Cooper

Bill Morrisette, 72

Then: Mayor of Springfield from 1989 to 1999

Now: State senator

After the shooting, Morrisette was on several television news broadcasts and had what he called "four seconds of fame" when he had a cameo appearance in Michael Moore's Academy Award-winning documentary, "Bowling for Columbine."

Alienation, family deterioration and a sluggish economy are but a few contributing factors in school violence, Morrisette said.

The easy availability of guns only worsens the problem, compounded by information kids can glean from the Internet, he said.

"There are a lot of little time bombs ready to go off," Morrisette said.

Students, faculty and parents need to listen attentively to troubled teens. In the past, classmates didn't want to tattle on a fellow student, Morrisette said. But the climate has changed where students feel more comfortable notifying authorities about possible threats.

"It's frightening listening to what kids say," he said. "But we have to take it seriously."

- Jim Feehan
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