Wednesday, March 7, 2012

High School Murder-Suicide Leaves Two Adults Dead

This past Tuesday, a teacher fired from a private school in Jacksonville, Florida returned to the campus with a gun and shot the headmistress to death before committing suicide. This occurred at about 1:23 pm at the Episcopal School of Jacksonville. After administrators heard reports of a gun being in the building, the school was put on lockdown. Doors were locked, lights were shut off, and the children were silenced. When it began, students did not realize it was a real lockdown, and not just a drill. The students finally started to believe it once they began receiving texts from other students saying they heard gun shots. The sheriff's office identified the gunman as 28 year old Shane Schumerth. He taught Spanish at the Episcopal School of Jacksonville, until he was fired. The article did not say exactly why he was fired, but it included a quote from a student saying the students did not like his teaching style. The murder of the headmistress, Dale Regan, is a huge loss for the school and the community. "Regan worked at the Episcopal school for more than 30 years, starting as a teacher and going on to become the first female to hold the school's top position."
When I read this article, I was amazed. I couldn't believe that this man murdered the headmistress of the school just because he was fired. I can see that he might be angry and nervous about finding another job, but that did not mean he had to go to extreme measures. If he was really this angry, he should have only committed suicide and not taken out his anger on Regan first. The author makes it clear that Regan will be missed in the community, and she was a tremendous influence on everyone she met. "She truly focused on the whole being, the whole child." The author used lots of pathos in this article, and made me really understand him/her emotionally. "I would hope the parents hug their children, pray for their children, pray for Dale, pray for the man who was so distraught that he committed this terrible act of violence."

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