More police planned at Sparks Middle School after shooting

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Updated: 10/28/2013 9:45 pm

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Students returning to classes at Sparks Middle School on Monday for the first time since a fatal schoolyard shooting a week ago will be greeted by extra police officers but few other changes, with one big exception:

Michael Landsberry, the beloved math teacher and athletic coach they say combined the toughness of an ex-Marine with the compassion of a caring educator, won't be there.

Landsberry was fatally shot in the chest last Monday by Jose Reyes, a 12-year-old seventh-grader who also wounded two classmates before taking his own life with a semi-automatic handgun on the asphalt basketball court outside the school with about 600 students.

Police say Reyes got the gun from his residence, which could subject his parents to prosecution. But investigators say they haven't determined a motive yet, and don't know whether Reyes was shooting randomly or targeting victims when the rampage began about 7:15 a.m.

Some students speculate that bullying may have played a role in the shooting, but police say they have no evidence of that and have refused to comment about anything that might have provoked the attack.


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Exnyer - 10/28/2013 2:10 PM
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Please remember you can't babysit your kids 24/7 - they are amazing creatures and extremely resourceful - we will never know what led to last week's shooting - it is an incredible tragedy but we must remember too that a 12 year old child is dead. As a mother who lost a child to suicide, my heart goes out to these parents whose loss is compounded by the horrific act of violence preceding their loss. We don't know, and probably never will, how this boy got possession of the gun - none of us were there. Mr Landsberry died a hero and my prayers go out to his family too. May both these souls find peace.

tonysam - 10/27/2013 3:45 PM
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BTW, did you read the article? There is NO evidence AT ALL Jose Reyes was "bullied." It's far more likely something was going on in the home environment which caused him to lash out, apart from the parents' outrageous negligence. Remember, school was out on break the week before the shooting.

tonysam - 10/27/2013 3:43 PM
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What "provoked" the attack was the negligent, criminally-liable parents who left the gun around. You helicopter parents are invested in the "bullying" theory in an attempt to divert attention away from the REAL issue, which is GUN ACCESS. Nothing else is important than the questions of how he got that gun and WHY the parents didn't lock it up. Period.

MacnNatesMom - 10/27/2013 2:28 PM
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As a parent of a child at this school, I would like to know what provoked the attack. I do not want to believe that a child would go in a take random shots at random kids. If bullying was an issue than that needs to be looked at and prevented from ever happening again. A man lost his life, I would like to know the reason. Figuring out why these things happen is the only way to prevent them from happening in the future.
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