Nightmare Nevada Middle School Shooting Claims 2 Lives

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It's hard to believe it has happened again. A middle school student fatally shot his teacher and injured two other students in Nevada on Monday morning before being killed, according to reports. Authorities say it's too soon to tell whether the suspect turned the gun on himself -- the student has yet to be identified by name -- or whether his death was the result of a law enforcement shot. A motive for this crime has yet to be made clear and a community is trying to grapple with the horrendous fact that theirs is the 16th school shooting to take place in 2013 and a vivid reminder of the horror that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut, just 10 months ago. 

Early Monday morning, police began receiving phone calls from Sparks Middle School claiming there was a shooter on campus. The student reportedly pointed a gun at a teacher, who told him to put the weapon down. Instead, the student opened fire and fatally shot him. It's unclear whether the teacher was trying to protect his students -- this seems to be the consensus as of now -- or how two students were injured during the course of the day's events, but officials say the boys were rushed to the hospital in critical condition. One was later upgraded to fair. 

The shooter was then "neutralized," according to police, which doesn't give us a whole lot of information yet about whether it was a suicide or the result of police action. 

Thank the lord that the school and authorities acted quickly this morning and transferred Sparks' students to a nearby high school to meet their parents. And it goes without saying that we can be thankful this didn't turn into another Newtown, which resulted in the senseless deaths of 26 students and staff members. But none of these factors makes this situation any less nightmarish to the children and teachers who had to live through it, or to the family members of the teacher whose life was taken and the two injured students who, we pray, will recover. 

And yes, it's also incredibly sad to think that a middle school student was filled with so much anger, hatred, and confusion that he thought so little about the lives of others or about himself. We just hope all parties involved in this horrific incident will be able to find peace soon. 

How are you confronting talking with your children about the events that occurred today at Sparks Middle School?

 

Image via Richard Elzey/Flickr

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Codisha Carr

was this in Las Vegas?.

adamat34 adamat34

Can we put armed guards in the schooks now???

nonmember avatar mercurypagen

While I will never excuse violence against a child, I do have to wonder exactly what caused this young man to commit such a crime. We do not know if was caused by mental health issues, bullying, drugs, alcohol or other factors.

I've already spoken to my son, picked him up from school and gave him a huge hug and tried not to cry, about what happened. My husband and I had been debating for some time on whether to get him a cheap pay as you go cellphone for emergencies like this..and today just sealed it.

Jennifer Miller

I think there should be mandatory cop Surveillance systems at all schools and a cop on site. I think as tax payers ,as parents  and who ever else  we can all agree this epidemic of school shootings is getting out of control . I know as a parent I want to feel safe leaving my child at school and my child has a right to feel safe there too. I 100% agree with uniforms, metal detectors ,guards ect.. yea it might be invasive but they  are there to learn and be safe. 

nonmember avatar Sarah

I live in sparks, and work only a couple blocks from the school. The 12yr old shooter killed himself, and the teacher was trying to protect the students out on the playground where the shooting took place. The teacher killed is a relative of someone I work with as well. Incredibly sad

Ryder... Rydermomma2009

I live in sparks, and work just blocks away from the school the shooting took place at. The 12yr old shooter killed himself. The teacher was killed trying to protect students out on the playground where the shooting took place. The teacher is also related to a co-worker of mine. Incredibly sad

Rachelle Miller

As a member of the community that this horrific incident happened in this morning I am scared to death to send my child to school now, before it was a major concern of mine with all the other shootings elsewhere but when it hits home its like being hit by a semi truck doing 100 miles an hour....The boy was reportedly beaten up really badly not long before this, Im devastated and have been since I heard about this this morning at about 7:30 from the police scanner the radio station I listen to keeps up on. This needs to stop and the only way thats going to happen is if we find a way to teach our children that hurting others is not okay and every parent does it, the schools can only do so much

DomsM... DomsMom8207

Im all for armed guards in school!!

adamat34 adamat34

Amen domsmom#!!! I"ll be the first to volunteer!!!

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