A school attack occured this morning at a Nevada Middle School. There is no word as of yet on victims and the police report that the suspect has been ‘neutralized’. Here’s a link to one news source:
Until we know more information, consider doing the following as soon as possible:
- Reach out to Staff:
Send out an email to your teachers and staff. Give them a heads up of what is happening. Tell them to look and listen for any indicators of danger in their classrooms such as spontaneous utterances, drawings, texts, or obsessive behavior such as constantly wanting to discuss the attack or repeated questions that reveal a deep and morbid fascination or obsession with the attack.
- Be highly visible:
For the remainder of the week and especially during the high traffic times, be highly visible. Reassure your students, teachers, parents, and potential attackers that you will not allow this to be repeated in your school.
- Encourage Communication:
Encourage all students, staff, and parents to come forward with any concern—regardless of how minor it may seem! Whether by email, classroom visits, or holding a special gathering—once again get the word out that communication is crucial.
If you have any questions or concerns or need a sounding board for a particular case, please feel free to call or email.
UPDATE: 3:15 pm EST.
- Sparks Middle School enrolls about 700 students in the 7th and 8th grades and is 90 miles east of Reno.
- Shooting started at 7:16 am local time.
- Shooting took place on campus, but not inside the buildiing.
- 2 dead and 2 injured. One staff member was shot and killed and two students injured (one has been through surgery). The shooter died of self-inflicted wounds.
- A student observed a classmate shoot his teacher, who spotted the gun and ran over to tell the student to put it down. It is believed that the teacher was trying to save lives when he was shot. “My estimation is that he is a hero,” said Reno Deputy Chief of Police Tom Robinson.
- Police state no apparent motive yet and that the gunman acted alone.