Nevada Shooter a 'Nice Kid,' Got Bullied: Classmate
Hero teacher memorialized by thousands
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2013 7:03 AM CDT
Updated Oct 22, 2013 7:35 AM CDT
A Sparks Middle School student cries after being released from Agnes Risley Elementary School, where some students were evacuated to after the shooting, on Monday, October 21, 2013 in Sparks, Nev.   (AP Photo/Kevin Clifford)

(Newser) – Police still haven't released the name of the young shooter who wounded two 12-year-olds and killed a teacher at Sparks Middle School in Nevada yesterday before turning his parents' gun on himself, but a classmate describes him to CNN as "really a nice kid. He would make you smile when you were having a bad day." But, she says, she saw him getting bullied "and I think he took out his bullying." She thinks the two wounded students were his friends, but police say it's too early to know whether he was targeting anyone. Another classmate tells CBS News the shooter "pointed to us and he said, 'You ruined my life and now I'm going to ruin yours.'"

Mike Landsberry, the teacher killed when he tried to intervene, "was the kind of person that if somebody needed help, he would be there," says his brother. He was a popular teacher—two Facebook pages in his honor have thousands of "likes"—and apparently a popular stepdad as well. Paradise Post has a heartbreaking screenshot of a message his stepdaughter posted on Facebook in August, in which she calls him "Dad" and says she'll "always love him"; Landsberry responded, "You are my girl." The two students who were shot, one in the shoulder and one in the abdomen, are expected to survive. A candlelight vigil is planned for tomorrow, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports.

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Rob
Oct 23, 2013 11:06 AM CDT
Why do people always say they were nice? They are murderers.
dawnarun
Oct 22, 2013 4:17 PM CDT
When profiled, most of the youth shooters strike me this way. You hear about them and get the impression if people had been nicer to them they wouldn't have cracked. (Doesn't excuse what they do, mind you, just my impression.) Sort of like the bullied kids who kill themselves, only they're fighting instead of escaping.
pepperpete
Oct 22, 2013 11:18 AM CDT
I said it when the story broke that the libtard media would zero in on the kid and ignore any of the good about it. What about the young men in the school that shielded the girls in the hall way when the shooting started. I only seen one little thing about it. Oh you never heard anything about surprise surprise.