SPARKS, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The family of Sparks Middle shooter Jose Reyes is donating $15,000 which they hope will help make Washoe County Schools safer.
Jose Reyes Sr. and his wife Lileana handed over several checks on Monday, which were donated to them from the Sparks Middle School Compassion Fund. The Reyes' say they want that money to go to the school district.
The money was donated by the Reyes family to a group called Community Matters, which has been studying safety in Washoe County schools. The group has done extensive research about ways to make schools safer through empowering peer group leaders and other proactive measures.
Jose Reyes Sr. says he and wife want to see the money put to good use. "For us, if the money goes to the right hands it can have a much better benefit for helping Community Matters to work with the school and help them accomplish what they want to accomplish," Reyes said.
A representative from Community Matters, who was on hand to receive the checks from the Reyes' family at their attorney's office, says the group has researched effective way to fight bullying and violence in schools. "What we've been able to show is violence, bullying, cyber bullying, suspensions, can all be reduced when students themselves take responsibility for changing the culture," said William Grace Frost, Director of Strategic Relations for Community Matters.
The Reyes' son Jose Jr. shot and wounded two students, and killed a popular teacher before taking his own life last year. The Reyes say their son was depressed because he'd been bullied at school, although the Washoe County School District says Jose Reyes had not reported the bullying to school officials.
The Sparks Police Department is still working on its investigation into the shooting and what led up to it.