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2 Dead, 2 Wounded In Nev. School Shooting

October 21, 2013  | 

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Two people have died and two boys have been hospitalized as a result of Monday's shooting at Sparks Middle School in northern Nevada, reports the Associated Press.

A teacher was shot and killed as he was running toward the shooter, telling him to put down the gun, reports 

An announcement posted on the Sparks Police Department Website instructs the public to stay away from the campus. The announcement indicates the suspect "has been neutralized." It is now known the suspected shooter was a student and he is among the dead, reports NBC News. Police did not fire any shots, according to

Two male minors have been transported to a local hospital and are in critical condition, reports

Sparks Middle School and another nearby school have closed for the day. Parents have been instructed to go to Sparks High School to pick up their children.

Comments (15)

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David Leff @ 10/21/2013 1:42 PM

Does anyone know if the Teaching Staff and/or Student population were ever involved in ALICE Training?

Don Dunninger @ 10/21/2013 1:53 PM

Another achievement for the notion that a disarmed campus is a safer one. If that brave teacher had been able to engage the active shooter instead of just beg, the matter might have ended much differently. We can learn from Israel. During decades of terrorist-directed "active shooter" incidents the pragmatic Israelis didn't take long to realize that a defense is better than begging. Thus, the government not only licenses teaches and other civilians to carry, but conducts superb and well-organized training for them. The Israelis would likely consider the notion of disarming school personnel as verging on insane. When you travel in Israel and see school groups on field trips, the kids are of course accompanied by teachers and the occasional parent. And these adults are routinely armed. There have been many incidents in Israel where would-be terrorist shooters have been stopped and sometimes "neutralized" by well-trained civilians.

Chuck @ 10/21/2013 2:50 PM

Get ready for another round of gun control Bulls***.

John Carp @ 10/21/2013 3:32 PM

How horrible that this young mis-guided goblin was able to do this!
I agree however with Chuck! Diane and Barbra as well as the man in the big house, have already broken out the speaches.....if it weren't for the damned infernal guns........
Just say'in

Dwayne Juedes @ 10/21/2013 5:24 PM

More gun's in the hands of cometent teacher's is the only thing that will stop this sort of thing. Most of these shooters are cowards looking for a soft target. Just the sight of a arned teacger may very well stop them from killing someone. The scarey thing is all the middle of the road people that know nothing about guns that think disarming law abiding citizens is the thing to do. D Juedes Retired LEO

Capt. Crunch @ 10/21/2013 5:31 PM

No more free rides these parents need to be responsible for their punk kids. When I was on patrol I found that the parents were worst then their punk kids. You have to hurt these parents where it hurts and thats in the pocket book.

Michael @ 10/21/2013 5:52 PM

Well trained cops have a hard enough time hitting their targets when it counts, I won't expect a "trained" teacher to open fire in an occupied school. If this report is correct, that teacher did the right thing. Draw the shooter's attention away from the children, and close the gap quickly so you can engage down and dirty. Unfortunately, the shooter succeeded in fending off the attack, but how could a gun battle between two amateur shooters be any better?

We have to accomplish the mission, but when did we start putting that ahead of everything else? When did it become an "at all costs" priority?

Perhaps it is my belief in life after death that allows me to reconcile my spiritual need to prioritize doing what is right over saving my own life with my natural need to survive.

GP Cobb @ 10/21/2013 7:28 PM

Michael, you just don't get it to you. Practice Practice Practice. No one suggested a "trained" teacher is ineffective but you. I don't buy it. I'd rather see a few wounded than the teacher throwing himself on the grenade. If the teachers are correctly trained, we just take our chances with Grace or keep sacrificing and listening to the bull of the Libs. YMMV.

[email protected] @ 10/21/2013 8:48 PM

Michael, how many alledged "well trained cops" do you know? Most of the ones I'm associated who work the street spend time at the range and at home being familiar with their equipment. And do you have any idea how many of our teachers have prior military service? As for "at all costs priority" I'm betting you've never taken the Oath, have you? Blues, Stay Safe.

Staniel @ 10/21/2013 9:04 PM

From what I've pull for my dissertation, there are some trends with student killers... Few of the parents had a clue, the ones that had a clue did not do anything. The killer felt some wrong doing (usually bullied) and thought killing was the best answer. Killer often played first person killing video games. Killer is afraid to fail in mission, but unwilling to face consequence. Plans the killing, even without access to firearms. Difficult to talk down because he doesn't care about anything but ending his life. He is just trying to get attention before he does it.

So, if we look at solving the cause of these trends, then the problem will end. But just outlawing guns is useless. The laws are already in place. Maybe video games need to be looked at. No one has cried very loud for a band on games. Or find real ways for parents to get their kids help when they need it. I don't see Obamacare addressing this.

Wayne Kuby @ 10/21/2013 11:38 PM

SEMPER FI you are relieve of Duty End Of Watch. To the Math Teacher at Sparks Middle School, May You Rest in Peace.

Troop @ 10/22/2013 12:36 AM

Michael, the slain teacher was a former Marine and a current Nevada Air National Guard member. If he was allowed to carry a weapon at school then I'm sure he was trained more than well enough to hit his target.

Lenny @ 10/22/2013 3:32 AM

Absolutely disgusting!! Two dead and two injured and only one of you expresses any compassion or care for the dead. You just spout your usual BS.
The usual anti Obama and if only everyone had guns, maybe you with the guns and badges could just go and play with sock puppets.
My condolances to all involved.

Marty @ 10/22/2013 8:19 AM

If what I saw on the news is correct this teacher is a former Marine. He would have had plenty of weapons training and had he been carrying who knows what the outcome may have been. I'm truly sorry he died but I'm also proud of the action he took trying to defend those kids. I'm a former USAF SP and would like to think my actions would be just as instinctive, protect those enrusted to us

G @ 10/24/2013 6:41 AM

I think former gov John Sparks, who I believe the school was named after, would approve if he were around today, of renaming to Landsberry Middle School. In ddition to serving his country in the United State marine Corps, this teacher gave his life for the students of that school and he deserves at least that honor.

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