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Chilling entries read from a diary written by Mason Campbell

Updated: 07/02/2014 9:33 PM | Created: 07/02/2014 9:29 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Raw emotions Wednesday in a Roswell courtroom, where a 13-year-old gunman learned his punishment for shooting two other middle school students.

Many people have been wondering why did Mason Campbell bring a gun to school and open fire?   

We finally have that answer.

The special prosecutor read some chilling excerpts from a diary written by Campbell.

Prosecutor Matt Chandler read the diary before the judge turned Campbell over to CYFD custody, locking him up until he is 21.

"I will surrender and go to jail after I kill him," Chandler read from the notebook.

Chandler says the motive is laid out in a red notebook police found on Campbell’s bed.

The notebook is addressed to Campbell's family.

"So, hi everyone. If you're reading this, I'm probably in jail," Campbell wrote.

Chandler said the first entry was written three days before the shooting. He says Mason was planning to target one student, whose name is not being released.

"So, the crime is, I'm going to take dad's pistol to school," Mason wrote. "I'm going to shoot him three times. Now I'm only going to have three bullets and after I kill him, I will surrender and go to jail."

Mason writes that student bullied him continuously.

"But if he just would stop being a bully, then this would not have happened," Mason wrote.

Two days before the shooting, another entry.

"So I couldn't find the pistol, but early in the morning tomorrow, I'll search dad's truck, and if I can't find it, I'll use a knife," Campbell wrote. "When we sit for the Pledge of Allegiance, I'm going to stab him in the back of the shoulder, and then as he turns around, I'm going to slice his throat and take him out of his misery."

Then finally, on the morning of the shooting, a final entry.

"So I have one more final little thing to put in here. So instead of just going to kill him, I'm just going to run into the gym and just take bird shots at different groups of people," Campbell wrote.  

Campbell apologized to the victims in court Wednesday.

“I am very sorry for my actions. This is not what I meant to do. I'm very sorry Kendal, Nathaniel, Mr. Hayes," he said.

Campbell's mom, Jennifer Campbell, says she had no idea the extent of her son's suffering.

"I am sorry, I am sorry for the pain that you have endured and suffered in silence. And I'm committed to helping you get through this," she said.


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