Two dead in shooting at Florida high school

MIAMI Tue Mar 6, 2012 6:31pm EST

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MIAMI (Reuters) - A teacher who had been fired earlier in the day returned to a Florida high school on Tuesday with an assault rifle and fatally shot the headmistress before killing himself, a sheriff's spokesman said.

The murder-suicide occurred at Episcopal High School in the northeast Florida city of Jacksonville. No students were hurt or involved, investigators said.

Undersheriff Dwain Senterfitt said the shooter, identified as 28-year-old Spanish teacher Shane Schumerth, was fired on Tuesday morning. He returned to the campus at lunchtime with the rifle hidden in a guitar case, went to the office of headmistress Dale Regan and shot her several times, Senterfitt said.

Regan had been with the private school for 34 years as an English teacher and the last seven years as headmistress, said the school's dean, Katherine Moorehead.

"We are shocked. She was a very beloved woman," she added.

The Florida shooting occurred just over a week after a teenager opened fire at an Ohio high school, killing three students and wounding two others. The Ohio shooting renewed concerns about violence at schools across the nation.

(Reporting By David Adams and Kevin Gray; Editing by Greg McCune and Philip Barbara)

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ChicosChica wrote:
I’m surprised you allow creeps like that to post on this website. I am in Jacksonville, Florida and the Headmaster of the school was a wonderful woman, at the school for 34 years. If you don’t have anything nice to say … well, you apparently don’t know :(

Mar 06, 2012 4:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Wow, the school was not locked down. That sounds pretty wreckless to me.

Mar 06, 2012 4:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
koza_dereza wrote:
A Spanish teacher was fired. That is a start. Sorry she had to pay the price. Sad.
Get rid of Spanish in the schools, which in fact is a poor choice of a second language… Teaching German, French, and Chinese is better.

Mar 06, 2012 5:18pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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