Violence in Our Schools

August 1, 1993 through July 31, 1994


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I would like to thank all of the Survivors and others who have contacted me with information about school violence.  I really do appreciate the help, for without their help, several of these occurrences would not be here.

One other thing I would like to ask of those who read over this list of tragedies is this: If you can provide me with any more details of any of these incidents, I would greatly appreciate the information. Or, if you know of another violent act at a school that is not on this list, please forward that information to me as well.  The link to my e-mail is above.


Harper High School, Atlanta, Georgia

Tuesday, August 31, 1993

Marcus Taylor and another boy were feuding in the school's cafeteria today when the other student shot Marcus, 15, with a .22-caliber handgun.  Marcus died from his injuries.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Roosevelt High School, Dallas, Texas

Thursday, September 2, 1993

Yesterday, 15-year-old DeMarkous McLemore brought a gun to school and got into a fight with a 16-year-old male classmate.  The older boy thought DeMarkous had his beeper, or knew who took it.  The fight ended peacefully, but the tension remained between the two boys.  This afternoon the fight started again in a crowded hallway.  This time, the unnamed 16-year-old had a gun with him and DeMarkous did not.  It was 2:45 when the boys engaged each other.  The 16-year-old shot DeMarkous several times.  The fatal shot came when the gun was on DeMarkous's chin and the 16-year-old boy pulled the trigger.  Pandemonium erupted in the hallway and the shooter fled with the running students.  DeMarkous was on the floor in a pool of blood.  DeMarkous was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital where he died at 3:30 p.m.  The instigator turned himself into police around 7:20 this evening.  Police were still looking for the murder weapon.  Roosevelt High has used metal detectors for the past two years, however the machine blew a fuse this morning and students were not screened for weapons.

Source: Dallas Morning News - Student, 15, Fatally Shot at School - Suspect, 16, Surrenders to Police; Dallas Morning News - Victim was Getting His Life Together


Dorsey High School, Los Angeles, California

Tuesday, September 7, 1993

At 2:30 this afternoon, Glenn Browne, 15, was waiting patiently in line to register for classes at Dorsey High School.  There was about 2,000 other students waiting with him.  He was seeking a transfer permit when a trio of students, in a different line, began to argue with another student.  It must have been a very heated discussion as the trio left DHS all together to get a gun.  They came back to the school and one of them took a lousy aim at the student they were originally arguing with, but the bullet struck Glenn in the chest.  He collapsed to the floor and was taken to Los Angeles County - USC Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition.  Police arrested 18-year-old Bryant Boyd on Wednesday afternoon at his apartment for this act of school violence.  Glenn was never involved in the fight, but became a school violence statistic because Bryant tried to solve the problem with a gun.

Source: L. A. Times - Teenager Shot on Dorsey Campus; L. A Times - Gang Member Arrested in Dorsey High Shooting


Central Middle School, Sheridan, Wyoming

Friday, September 17, 1993

This morning 29-year-old Kevin Newman dressed in black clothing and a bandana on his head.  He took a walk through Sheridan, passed an elementary school, and stopped at the entrance to Central Middle School's football field. A physical education class of soccer was taking place on the football field.  Kevin pulled out a pistol and wounded a sixth-grade female student by shooting her in the forearm.  Kevin then turned his gun on two seventh-grade male students, shattering the hip of one and both of the calves of the other.  Kevin's bullets also struck another sixth-grade student, a male, grazing his forearm.  Kevin then committed suicide.  A note was found explaining his suicide, but not the attack on the students at Central Middle School.  All four students received tremendous support from their community and school as their physical wounds healed.  However, some of their psychological wounds still linger today.


A High School in Rochester, New York

Tuesday, September 21, 1993

Adrian Reed, 17, spilled oil on 16-year-old Bravius Yawn's pants in auto shop.  The two boys started fighting and it climaxed when Adrian stabbed Bravius.  He was taken to Rochester General Hospital and listed in stable condition.  Adrian was arrested by the police and charged with second-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Source: Albany Times Union - Student Charged with Stabbing


Weatherless Elementary School, Washington, D. C.

Saturday, September 25, 1993

During a Saturday afternoon pickup game, gang members arrived and began shooting.  Steven Chadwick, 19, and Anthony D. Dawkins, 22, opened fire on the players.  They killed 23-year-old Kervin Brown and 4-year-old Launice Smith, a young girl watching the game.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Dover High School, New Castle, Delaware

Tuesday, October 12, 1993

Using a .32-caliber gun, 16-year-old Laura Beth Moyer committed suicide in one of the school's bathrooms.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Redford High School, Detroit, Michigan

Thursday, October 14, 1993

While waiting for the bus to pick him up from school, gang members approached 15-year-old Frank Miles and shot him to death.  Police believe this to be a case of mistaken identity.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


J. H. Johnson Junior High School, Washington, D.C.

Monday, October 18, 1993

This morning around 11:30, 13-year-old Robert Williams was shot in the school's locker room.  Robert ran outside, then staggered through the school's front doors.  He made his way to the security office and asked for help.  He was taken to Children's Hospital for treatment.  The shooter, a 15-year-old boy, turned himself in later in the day.  He was arrested and charged with assault with intent to kill.

Source: Washington Post - Student, 13, is Shot Inside SE Junior High - Schoolmate, 15, Charged in Locker Room Wounding


Kecoughton High School, Hampton, Virginia

Monday, October 18, 1993

This morning two boys began to fight over a girl in a hallway near the cafeteria.  It was just after 11 a.m. when the fight began.  One of the boys is 16-year-old Javal Allen and the other is 15-year-old Sam Anderson.  The two boys pushed and shoved each other down the hallway, out the door and onto a parking lot.  The fight climaxed when Sam pulled out a stiletto-like knife and stabbed Javal in the neck.  Our young instigator then fled the scene.  Javal stumbled back to the school's cafeteria, knelt on one knee and clutched his throat as his fellow classmates looked on in shock.  Principal Thomas Bailey and several students tried to secure the wound.  Javal was transported to Sentara Hampton General Hospital where he died at 12:10 p.m.  Later in the day, police arrested Sam at his home and charged him with murder.

Source: Norfolk Virginian-Pilot - Teen Killed in Stabbing at Hampton High School; Newport News Daily Press - In Stabbing Aftermath, Students Asking Why


Sullivan High School, Chicago, Illinois

Monday, November 1, 1993

Troy Jones and Kati Faber, both 15 and both male, were fighting today over an unknown topic.  Troy killed Kati with a shot to his back from a semiautomatic handgun.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Terry Parker High School, Jacksonville, Florida

Thursday, November 4, 1993

While waiting for his father to pick him up from school, 14-year-old Richard Jefferson Mitchell was set upon by 19-year-old Omar Jones.  Omar tried to rob Richard, but when that failed, Omar pulled out a gun and shot Richard in the head and the hip.  Richard died from his wounds.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


New Britain High School, New Britain, Connecticut

Thursday, November 4, 1993

Also today, masked gunmen fired repeatedly into the body of 18-year-old Miguel DeJesus Jr. while he was on the front steps of New Britain High.  Miguel died from the gunshot wounds.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Bay Springs High School, Bay Springs, Mississippi

Friday, November 5, 1993

Even five years after his death at Bay Springs High, police still didn't know who killed 16-year-old Jason Ratcliff today with .38-calbier handgun.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Thaddeus Stevens (Elementary) School, Elliott, Pennsylvania

Saturday, November 6, 1993

Maurice Bailey, 15, tried to convince his girlfriend, Kristina Grill, also 15, to have an abortion or to put their baby up for adoption.  Kristina, who was 20 weeks along, refused and wanted to have the child.  So, Maurice stabbed her in the neck, killing her and their child. Both Maurice and Kristina attended Langley High School.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


French Sponsored (Elementary) School, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Tuesday, November 9, 1993

A fierce battle between the Serbian military and rebels resulted in several mortar rounds landing on, or detonating in, this elementary school.  Eight students and a teacher were killed with 40 students and teachers sustaining injuries.

Source: Reference.com - List of School-Related Attacks


Ridgely Elementary School, Springfield, Illinois

Thursday, November 11, 1993

Harold Page III was killed today with two gunshots to his head at Ridgely Elementary School.  Police believe this killing to be gang-related at Harold, 14, was member of the Simon City Royals gang.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Center High School, Kansas City, Missouri

Monday, November 29, 1993

While waiting in his car to pick up his cousin from a basketball game at Center High School, 23-year-old DeWayne Bingham was shot and killed for an unknown reason.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Wauwatosa West High School, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Wednesday, December 1, 1993

Former student Leonard McDowell, 21, killed Associate Principal Dale Breitlow in one of the school's hallways today.  Dale had handled Leonard's long history of disciplinary problems.  Dale, 46, begged for his life but Leonard showed no mercy.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths; WBAY Channel 2 - Brother Was a Victim of School Shooting


Beach High School, Savannah, Georgia

Wednesday, December 8, 1993

Using a revolver, 16-year-old Aron Gilliam killed Jason Kelly, 15, outside the front doors of Beach High School this morning just after 8:00.  Police believe the shooting to be gang-related.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Chatsworth High School, San Fernando Valley, California

Wednesday, December 15, 1993

Gabriel Gettleson was a good, reliable student.  At 1:40 this afternoon, he was waiting outside his high school for his mother to pick him up and take him to his work-study job at car dealership.  A white BMW with two teens pulled up to him and demanded his backpack.  The 17-year-old senior refused to give it to them.  One of the teens pulled out a gun and shot Gabriel three times, once in the chest, once in the left shoulder and once in the left hip.  The two teens and the BMW then fled the scene.  Gabriel was taken to Northridge Hospital Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries. On Tuesday, December 21, 1993, the LAPD arrested a 14-year-old boy who confessed to shooting Gabriel for his backpack.  Police also arrested his 17-year-old accomplice, who is from Lake View Terrace.

Source: L. A. Times - Valley Student Shot in Front of High School; L. A. Times - Sylmar Boy, 14, Confesses He Shot Student for Backpack


Chelsea High School, Chelsea, Michigan

Thursday, December 16, 1993

Chemistry and physics teacher Stephen Leith excused himself from a staff meeting today.  He returned moments later with a semiautomatic pistol.  He kills School Superintendent Joseph Piasecki, 47, wounds the principal and another teacher.


Los Altos High School, Hacienda Heights, California

Thursday, January 20, 1994

Also today a car with an undisclosed number of people in it drove up to 17-year-old Benjamin Barranza in the school's parking lot and shot him to death.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Kennard High School, Kennard, Texas

Friday, January 21, 1994

Sophomore Joseph Leon Olivo disassembled a .30-.30 rifle and took it to school in his backpack.  In one of his classes, he told his teacher and fellow classmates to leave the room so that he could kill himself.  A school administrator and a teacher tried talking to Joseph, but he told them to leave him alone.  The 17-year-old committed suicide in the room and left a note describing some personal problems.

Source: Austin American-Statesman - Around Texas


Eau Claire High School, Columbia, South Carolina

Wednesday, January 26, 1994

An argument  between 17-year-old Earnest Dunlap and 18-year-old Floyd Brown climaxed when Floyd shot Earnest three times from a .22-caliber semiautomatic handgun.  Earnest died from his wounds.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School, Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, January 26, 1994

At 10:50 this morning three teens were arguing over a girl in a third-floor hallway.  During the fight, three to five gunshots were fired.  A mathematics teacher in an empty third-floor classroom heard the shots.  No classes were being held on the third-floor.  The trio raced downstairs and minutes later another 14 shots were fired off outside the school.  Surprisingly, no one was injured, however, one of the bullets shattered a chemistry classroom window.  A police sergeant and two officers who were in the area head the gunfire and went to the school.  They saw a 17-year-old male brandishing a World War I error 9mm pistol.  The officers chased the teen to the 1400 block of Third Street NW and arrested him.  The unnamed instigator is charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

Source: Washington Post - School Shootings Break Out in D.C.


Eliot Junior High School, Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, January 26, 1994

Several hours after the shooting at Dunbar High School, Washington, D.C. police got another call of gunfire at a school.  As classes ended today at 3:30 p.m., a gunman opened fire on the students.  No one was injured. However, three months later another gunman makes a killing at Eliot Junior High School.

Source: Washington Post - School Shootings Break Out in D.C.


Washington Elementary School, San Jose, California

Thursday, January 27, 1994

The next day school violence hit on the west coast.  Osvaldo Mojarro Rios, 22, was sitting in his car at Washington Elementary School with his wife when gang members on the prowl came up and shot him in the head and arm.  Osvaldo died from his injuries and the group was looking for rival gang members.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Charles A. Mooney Middle School, Cleveland, Ohio

Friday, January 28, 1994

While waiting for the bus at school, 15-year-old Paul Wallace was attacked by five people.  They stabbed, stomped and kicked the boy to death.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Marcus Whitman Middle School, Seattle, Washington

Monday, January, 31, 1994

Neal Summers was a teacher for 20 years.  Today, as he was entering the school from  aside entrance, Darrell Cloud shot him in the back.  After hearing the gunfire, a colleague found Neal lying in the hallway by the doorway with gunshot wounds to his body.  Darrell eventually pled guilty to second-degree murder.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths; The Seattle Times - Some School Deaths in the Northwest (published in conjunction with the news story "Student Slain at Tacoma School; Suspect Captured" on Wednesday, January 3, 2007)


Valley View Junior High School, Simi Valley, California

Tuesday, February 1, 1994

Ninth-grader Chad Patrick Hubbard, 14, had bullying fellow classmate Phillip Hernandez, also 14, for quite some time.  Today, Phillip ended the torment by plunging a pocket knife into Chad's heart, killing him.  The assault took place in an open-air hallway at the school.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Lee County School District Offices in Fort Myers, Florida

Monday, February 7, 1994

48-year-old Larry Ray Shelton was a special education teacher at Cypress Lake Middle School.  He resigned from teaching in October 1993, citing stress as the main reason.  In a note to his longtime girlfriend, he boasted that he would make tonight's evening news in a "public service message."  Larry went to the offices of the School District of Lee County today to talk with Superintendent James A. Adams.  Cypress Lake Middle School is in the Lee County School District.  Larry told James's secretary that he was a good friend from Indiana and wanted to talk with him briefly.  The secretary said that James was in a meeting, but Larry pressed on.  He finally got into James's office and as the two men shook hands, Larry shot the 57-year-old superintendent five times from a .38-caliber handgun.  He reloaded the gun and shot James once more, in the back of the head.  Larry then walked out of the office and proceed out of the building.  The secretary was calling after him to stop, but Larry kept on walking. He went to a nearby parking lot and committed suicide.  Police struggled to find a motive for the killing of James Adams, superintendent of schools since 1990.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths; Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel - Former Teacher Kills Lee Schools Superintendent, Self


Osborn High School, Detroit, Michigan

Tuesday, February 8, 1994

While he was sitting in a car in the school's parking lot, 19-year-old special education student Steven Watkins was gunned down by an unknown assailant.  Steven died from this shooting.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Carlmont High School, Belmont, California

Monday, February 14, 1994

Two 15-year-old boys were fighting today and the out come boiled down to who had the bigger gun.  Edwin Sims, 15, pulled out a BB gun while Gile W. pulled out a powerful gun and killed Edwin.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


E. O. Smith High School, Mansfield, Connecticut

Sunday, February 20, 1994

Superintendent of Schools Robert J. Gaucher, 62, hung himself at E. O. Smith High School.  A custodian found his body.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Hall Garth Comprehensive School, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, England

March 1994

Stephen Wilkinson stabbed a 12-year-old student to death and slashed two other girls before being overpowered by teachers at the school.  Stephen, 29, was a former student of Hall Garth, and was sentenced to indefinite detention at a psychiatric hospital.

Source: Visitor to this site


Ensley High School, Birmingham, Alabama

Thursday, March 3, 1994

Yesterday Andre Allen, a 15-year-old member of the Crips gang, and an unnamed 17-year-old member of the Disciples gang got into a fight off campus.  Today during lunch, Andre was standing outside the band room when his opponent approached and shot him in the chest.  Andre was taken to Children's Hospital and listed in satisfactory condition for treatment.  

Source: Mobile Register - Gangs Blamed in Shootings at Two Birmingham Schools


Eastern High School, Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, March 9, 1994

Eastern High School is the largest high school, and considered one of the safest, in our nation's capitol.  It was built in the late 1800s just beyond the edge of Capitol Hill.  It has three security aids, a D.C. police officer, two metal detectors and an x-ray machine at the front door.  Principal Ralph H. Neal is a tough disciplinarian and tolerates no disruptions.  All that didn't stop Cornell Andrew Cheeks Jr. from firing four shots into Jerome Cook at lunch this afternoon.  The two boys bumped into each other in the morning.  This is a sign of initiating an altercation.  Around 11:00, Cornell confronted Jerome in a walkway outside the basement cafeteria.  The two exchanged heated words before Cornell pulled out a gun and fired it at Jerome.  He was hit in the chest, back and leg.  Both boys are 17-years-old.  Principal Neal was on the first floor of the school when he heard the shooting.  He headed downstairs as quickly as he could.  The D.C. police officer at the school was in the parking lot when Jerome was shot.  He ran to the cafeteria.  Cornell fled the scene.  School officials began CPR on Jerome until the paramedics could take him to D.C. General Hospital where he was listed in critical but stable condition.  Cornell turned himself into at the 5th District police headquarters at 2:30 p.m.  He is charged with assault with intent to kill.

Source: Washington Post - Student Shot in Eastern High School; Washington Post - A Principal's Vigilant Concern Could Not Keep Violence Outside


Goose Creek High School, Charleston, South Carolina

Tuesday, March 15, 1994

While watching a fist fight after classes had ended for the day, 18-year-old Michael Ryan Spann was shot to death.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Edward M. Downer Elementary School, San Pablo, California

Tuesday, March 15, 1994

Cecilia Rios suffered a horrible death at this elementary school today.  The 15-year-old student from Richmond High School was stabbed 18 times, sexually assaulted and had her hair stripped.  A red bandana was draped over her body when she was found.  The red bandana is sometimes used as a gang identifier.  However, police decline to say if her killing was gang related or not.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Ballard High School, Seattle, Washington

Wednesday, March 23, 1994

During a drive-by shooting at the school, 16-year-old Melissa "Missie" Fernandes was shot in the head and killed.  A 16-year-old male student was grazed by a bullet and treated at the scene. Police believe this shooting to be gang-related.  Later in the year, police arrested Brian Ronquillo and Cesar Sarausad II, 19, as the instigators in Melissa's murder.  Brian was the trigger man, was convicted of first-degree murder and is serving a 52-year- sentence.  Cesar was the driver of the car, convicted of second-degree murder and was sentenced to more than 27 years in prison.  Cesar's sentence was overturned by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco because of unclear jury instructions.   However, it was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, by a 6-3 vote, on Wednesday, January 21, 2009.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths; The Seattle Times - Some School Deaths in the Northwest (published in conjunction with the news story "Student Slain at Tacoma School; Suspect Captured" on Wednesday, January 3, 2007); The Seattle Times - McKenna Responds to Ruling on Ballard High Shooting (published January 21, 2009); The Associated Press - Court Reinstates Wash. Murder Conviction (published January 21, 2009)


Etowah High School, Woodstock, Georgia

Friday, March 25, 1994

After being teased by other students, 15-year-old special education student Brian Head committed suicide with a 9mm pistol.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Bradwell Institute (High School), Hinesville, Georgia

Wednesday, March 30, 1994

During a fight in the school's parking lot, 19-year-old Bernard P. Townsend stabbed to death fellow classmate George Jenkins, 18.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

Monday, April 4, 1994

Around 11:00 this morning, a 35-year-old student of the university walked into the cafeteria with a shotgun.  He opened fire on his fellow classmates, killing two female students and wounding two others.  He then went into the men's rest room and committed suicide.

Source: Resource.com - List of School-Related Attacks


McNeil High School, Austin, Texas

Tuesday, April 5, 1994

Today, a student brought a 9mm handgun to school.  He showed it off to another student and then put it back in his backpack.  As he was doing so, the gun went off, firing a bullet through a wall and into two students.  Police arrested three 16-year-old boys for this accidental shooting.

Source: Austin American-Statesman - Teen Stabbed at a Round Rock High School (published 3-3-06)


Largo High School, Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Friday, April 8, 1994

Just before 9 this morning, 45-year-old industrial arts teacher Barrington Miles walked into a second floor boy's restroom to use the facilities.  In the restroom were six male students with a gun.  One of the boys was 17-year-old Warren Emmanuel Graham, a police officer's son and a senior at the school.  He was trying to sell his father's 9mm semiautomatic Beretta pistol to one of the other boys.  Barrington told Warren to hand over the gun.  Warren used the gun to shoot Barrington in the chest.  He staggered out of the restroom and doubled over onto the hallway floor.  Teachers quickly came to his aid and had him transported to Prince George's Hospital Center.  Doctors there found the single gunshot wounded his right lung, liver, diaphragm and chest wall.  Warren fled the school for a nearby friend's house.  Warren's father discovered his gun missing this morning and believed his son had taken the gun.  He called his supervisor to report the theft and then went to the school to confront his son.  However, by the time he arrived, Warren already used it to wound Barrington.  Warren returned to the school hours later where police arrested him.  They charged him as an adult with assault with intent to murder, possession of a firearm on school property and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.  Police recovered the gun in a wooded area on Saturday while Barrington continued to improve at the hospital.

Source: Washington Post - P. G. Teacher is Shot, Officer's Son Charged; Washington Post - Gun Allegedly Used at P. G. School is Found


Margaret Leary Elementary School, Butte, Montana

Wednesday, April 12, 1994

10-year-old Jason Osmanson was being teased by his schoolmates because his parents have AIDS.  On this Wednesday, he retaliated on the playground by shooting at them with a .22-caliber pistol.  Unfortunately, he missed his target and hit 11-year-old Jeremy Bullock, behind the ear.  Jeremy died the next day.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Forty-Ninth Street Elementary School, Los Angeles, California

Thursday, April 13, 1994

Ten years and over a month and a half after Tyrone Mitchell killed a student and himself, gunfire rings out again at this elementary school in Los Angeles.  10-year-old Jorge David Licea used a .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun to put a bullet into his head.  The young lad died the following day.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Eliot Junior High School, Washington, D. C.

Tuesday, April 19, 1994

Early this morning, 21-year-old Louis Edward Lehear was gunned down on the steps of Eliot Junior High School.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


John Trotwood Moore Middle School, Nashville, Tennessee

Thursday, April 21, 1994

Jeremy Bryant, 14, was passed a gun while in class today.  Unfortunately, he didn't know it was loaded when he fired it at 13-year-old Terrence Murray's head.  Terrence died from the blast.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


North Miami High School, North Miami, Florida

Monday, May 2, 1994

Tyhno Rock, 18, was showing his friends a .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol at lunch today.  He aimed it at Edvard Almonor's (a female) chest as she was on her way to the parking lot in the rear of the school and pulled the trigger.  The gun went off and Edvard went down.  She was rushed to the hospital where she died two days later.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


West Bloomfield High School, West Bloomfield, Michigan

Monday, May 2, 1994

Before school recessed for the weekend last week, 16-year-old Zuhair Pattah called ninth-grader Shatha Gullil an ugly name.  Shatha told her big brother and he took his revenge this morning around 7:15 a.m.  Zuhair, a sophomore, brought  his 21-year-old brother with him to school.  A disturbance ensued in a hallway, where teachers and the staff immediately evicted the 21-year-old.  The fight carried over into the school's parking lot, where Zuhair was slugged in the face by the last punch thrown.  He fell to the hard, unforgiving payment, and hit the back of his head.  The fall damaged his brain stem and left him comatose.  Desmon Venn, 17, served two years of probation on a misdemeanor aggravated assault charge for the incident.  Zuhair remained in a coma until he died on January 7, 2003.  Desmon was then charged with involuntary manslaughter.  However, at the time of this posting, his whereabouts are unknown.

Source: Detroit Free Press - Insult Leads to Critical Injury, Chaldean Leaders Help Calm Students; Dallas Morning News - Assault Charge Raises After Coma Patient Dies


Lakeland Regional High School, Wanaque, New Jersey

Wednesday, May 25, 1994

17-year-old Amy Gamarello was very distraught this morning.  One of her friends went to go find a counselor for Amy around 8:30 a.m., but Amy's world was so bad, she could only think of one way out.  She went into the woods behind the school and fired a single shot from her dad's 357 Magnum into her temple, committing suicide.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Larry A. Ryle High School, Union, Kentucky

Thursday, May 26, 1994

Earlier this week (possibly even earlier than that) Harvey and Rebecca Shrout confiscated their 17-year-old son's music, knives and computer after he brought a stun gun to school and was suspended.  Clay Shrout retaliated today by killing his parents and his two younger sisters, Lauren and Kristen, before he headed off to school.  He entered his trigonometry class five minutes late.  Emotionless, he pulled out a gun from his waist.  Clay announced that he was holding the class hostage and when a student asked him why, Clay replied, "I have had a really bad day, I've just killed my family."  After about 30 minutes Clay released his hostages to the police.  During his trial he was found mentally ill, but guilty and sentenced to life in prison without parole for 25 years.

Source: A visitor to this site


Sullivan Upper (High) School, Holywood, Northern Ireland

Friday, June 17, 1994

Former student Garnet Bell returned to his alma matter today with a grudge.  He believes the school didn't provide him with adequate career advice.  In his hands was a improvised flame-thrower that contained petrol and paraffin.  His target was the students taking the A-Level examinations.  He burned three students seriously and another three students suffered minor burns.  He was found guilty of three attempts of attempted murder and three attempts of grievous bodily harm.  Garnett was sentenced to six life terms in prison where he died.

Source: Wikipedia - Sullivan Upper School; Reference.com - List of School-Related Attacks


Pleasantville Cottage (Middle) School, Pleasantville, New York

Monday, July 11, 1994

In 1912, an orphanage was setup in Pleasantville on 175 acres and called The Cottage School.  Over time, the orphanage became a school for emotional disturbed youths owned and operated by the Jewish Child Care Association in Manhattan.  Many students from New York City and Westchester County attend the school on court and child welfare referrals.  Five years ago, 8-year-old Brian Edwards arrived at the school with an emotional problem.  Last year, 11-year-old Nicholas Ippoliti enrolled at the school.  The two boys, who lived in separate cottages, became friends.  Today, that friendship ended when Brian, now 13, and Nicholas, now 12, skipped class and headed to a clearing in the woods that the students usually hung out at.  Nicholas jumped up onto a table and lost his balance.  He fell, hitting his head.  Brian pinned Nicholas to the ground and the two boys got into a physical fight that turned into rough sexual intercourse in which Brian hit Nicholas on the side of the face.  Nicholas began screaming for Brian to get off him, but he did not.  Nicholas threw sticks and leaves at Brian, and those that hit him made him mad.  Brian then used his bare hands to strangle his friend to death. Nicholas's chest was moving up and down erratically and foam was seeping from his mouth.  Brian tried to resuscitate his friend, but failed.  He then tried to cover Nicholas's body with sofa cushions and a few leaves as he left him on the ground.  Around 5:30 p.m., three hours after school officials noticed that Nicholas was missing, they found his body.  Brian was charged with second-degree murder.

Source: New York Times - Boy, 13, Held in Killing of Boy, 12, at School for the Troubled; New York Times - Rough Sex Led to Boy's Death, Officer Says


Ardmore Child Care Center, Ardmore, Pennsylvania

Thursday, July 21, 1994

During lunch 36-year-old Arcelia Trumaine Stovall killed her former friend, 40-year-old Diane Morse, in front of a group of preschoolers.  Arcelia was convicted of 1st degree murder and is serving a life sentence in the Muncy Correctional Facility for Women. Diane left behind a husband and 2 daughters. Her youngest was only 8-years-old at the time.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths; Visitor to this web site


Manchester Elementary School, Manchester, Pennsylvania

Sunday, July 24, 1994

A feud between Scott Walker and Randy Hawkins climaxed on a basketball court at Manchester Elementary when Scott, 15, shot Randy, 23, to death.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


Ottumwa High School, Ottumwa, Iowa

Monday, July 25, 1994

The next day another feud turned just as deadly.  16-year-old Michael Coffman killed Jeramy Wayne Allen, 15 by shooting him twice in the head.  The two boys had argued earlier today.

Source: National School Safety's Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths


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