Young Gunman Killed Teacher Who Tried to Stop Him
2 dead, 2 in critical condition after Sparks Middle School shooting
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2013 11:47 AM CDT
Updated Oct 21, 2013 1:49 PM CDT
Police secure the scene near Sparks Middle School after a shooting in Sparks, Nev., on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013.    (AP Photo/Kevin Clifford)

(Newser) – Two people are dead after a shooting at Sparks Middle School around 7:15am local time this morning. Nevada police say a young gunman killed a teacher who was trying to protect the other children; the shooter died by a self-inflicted gunshot wound, says Sparks' city manager. Two more people have been transferred to a hospital, where they are in critical condition; a hospital rep says both are male minors. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that the dead staff member is believed to be a "popular math teacher." It spoke to a number of students at the school, which is attended by about 700 seventh- and eighth-graders:

  • A 13-year-old student says that "the student was pointing a gun at the teacher after the teacher told him to put it down, and the student fired a shot at the teacher and the teacher fell and everybody ran away."
  • A second student says she heard the shooter saying, "Why you people making fun of me, why you laughing at me?"
  • An eighth-grader recounts students running into the halls after a shot was fired. "We piled up and put the girls in the back and the guys in the front … for the safety of the girls. He came over to us and started aiming at all of us. ... Then he saw a teacher in the window and shot the window trying to get him. Shot the window twice."
The AP notes that Sparks is located just east of Reno. That city's deputy chief says as many as 200 personnel responded to the school and local area. "The schools are safe. The rest of the city is safe," he says.

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Oct 22, 2013 4:37 AM CDT
Clearly the solution for the nation with the most guns per capita and the most prisoners per capita is a whole lot more guns and a whole lot more prisons. You know why we have 30,000 gun deaths a year and places like Japan and England have 150? Because we don't have enough guns to protect ourselves!
Daniel from TN
Oct 21, 2013 11:15 PM CDT
As a former school teacher I'm curious about one thing. I wonder what this student's grades were and if he had argued with any of his teachers about those grades. In my experience it has been the students who do the least amount of work who argue the most about their grades. Many students truly believe that attendance is the only requirement for a passing grade. I do not know if that applies in this case, but it might be interesting to find out.
Oct 21, 2013 10:07 PM CDT
Good to see that there is still courage among our young men. It's this courage that made this country not some disturbed kid. The media and the left will blow up and play the kid and not the courage. Obama and the left never lets a big event go to waste. NO just wait till tomorrow.