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The Day Jeremy Became Famous

On the morning of January 8, 1991, Richardson High School (in Texas) was about to make headlines. More specifically, a 15-year-old sophomore was about to become famous. But he wasn’t going to be around to see the results. Jeremy Delle brought a Smith & Wesson Model 19-4 .357 Magnum revolver to school with him that day.

A portrait of Jeremy.


He arrived late to his English class, so his teacher sent him to the office to get a late slip. But Jeremy didn’t go to the office. Instead, he returned to the classroom and told his teacher, “Miss, I got what I really went for.”