NAT’L GUARDSMAN STRIKES BACK A professed Satanist who wrote glowingly…

A professed Satanist who wrote glowingly in his journal how he had enjoyed beating and setting fire to his dog and who reportedly “worshipped” Adolf Hitler, Pearl, MS, High School student Luke Woodham, 16, brooded for a year over the breakup with his girlfriend and other perceived wrongs before he beat his mother with an aluminum baseball bat and stabbed her to death as she lay sleeping. The next morning Woodham drove his mother’s car to Pearl High School, taking a rifle and a handgun.

Wearing an orange jumpsuit and a trenchcoat, he made no attempt to hide his rifle as he entered the school and fatally shot his former girl friend and another girl, then went on to wound seven other students at random until he ran
out of ammo.

He left the school, whether to get the other weapon or to flee is not clear, but Assistant Principal Joel Myrick, an officer in the local National Guard, retrieved a .45 pistol he had locked in his vehicle off campus, and used it to subdue and apprehend Woodham as he attempted to flee in his mother’s car. When Myrick demanded “Why did you shoot my kids?” Woodham replied “Life has wronged me, sir.”

For the murder of his mother, a jury in Philadelphia, MS sentenced Woodham to life in prison. A separate jury in Hattiesburg convicted him on two counts of murder and seven counts of aggravated assault for the shootings. He was given two life sentences for the murders, and seven 20-year sentences for aggravated assault convictions. He will be eligible for parole in 2046.

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  • The concept of armed teachers terrifies me. Not because I think guns don’t belong in schools, they have their place, but because teachers are under paid to begin with. Asking them to take the responsibility of taking a life, grossly understates the, already mounting, responsibilities they under take on a daily basis.
    Hire trained individuals for this task. Right tool, Right job.


  • so let’s put this in perspective, for arguments sake we’ll call a life sentence 100 years. 100 for his mother plus 200 for the two students plus another 140 for the woundings. total of 440 years worth of sentence. but eligible for parole in 36 years when he’ll be around 45 years old. you’re partially wrong Will, the death penalty should also be given to the jackasses that set that up to happen.

  • ARA

    If Assistant Principal Joel Myrick had been allowed to be armed instead of being forced by law to keep his sidearm locked in his car in the parking lot, this would have been much less tragic.

  • Will

    He should have gotten the death penalty.