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An Okie teacher banished to the Midwest. "Education is not the filling a bucket but the lighting of a fire."-- William Butler Yeats

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Troubled Teen+Easy Gun Access+School= another tragedy

We are all reeling today after a 15-year-old freshman opened fire at Campbell County Comprehensive High School in Tennessee yesterday, killing Assistant Principal Ken Bruce (pictured immediately to the left) and seriously wounding Principal Gary Seale (pictured above left) and Assistant Principal Jim Pierce (pictured above right). Principal Seale apparently had the strength to make it to the intercom after being wounded and call the school into lockdown after being wounded. Mr. Seale and Mr. Pierce are hospitalized in serious condition at the time of this post. An unnamed teacher also helped disarm the murderer.

Assistant Principal Ken Bruce, a retired Lt. Colonel in the Army, passed away soon after reaching the hospital. May God watch over him and his family and friends in this time of grief and pain.

This incident is the third episode of gun-related violence in Tennessee schools this year. A Stewart County bus driver was shot and killed on her route in March, allegedly by a 15-year-old who is awaiting trial. A boy was shot in the leg while in a middle school restroom in Jefferson County in August, and the ensuing investigation revealed a plot to kill a teacher at Maury Middle School. Two students were sentenced to be in the custody of juvenile authorities until they turn 19, and another student found to be an accessory is having his sentencing held open pending his performance at a different school.

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At 11/11/05, 4:09 PM, Blogger Randy H. Schumacher said...

God bless the Bruce Family in their time of need. Ken was a great man.

At 11/11/05, 9:19 PM, Blogger "Ms. Cornelius" said...

I agree. I have been praying for them.

At 12/21/09, 5:49 AM, Anonymous troubled teens said...

May God bless the family. These terrible activities by troubled teenagers need to be treated in the same way in the troubled teens treatment with a chance to understand the importance of life.

At 2/21/10, 12:20 AM, Anonymous Brad Yomen said...

A tragedy. I don't know enough about the individual student's situation to assess what might have gone wrong or what could've helped, but this should be a wake up call re: the importance of helping troubled kids.


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