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Jacksonville teacher kills school leader, then himself

JACKSONVILLE — A teacher fired from a private school in Jacksonville on Tuesday returned to the campus with a gun hidden in a guitar case and shot the headmistress to death before committing suicide while school was in session, authorities said.

No students were hurt.

Officers responded to the Episcopal School of Jacksonville at 1:23 p.m. Tuesday after receiving reports of a person with a gun, and the school was placed on lockdown. When officers arrived, Dale Regan, head of the school, and the gunman were found dead, Undersheriff Dwain Senterfitt said.

The Sheriff's Office identified the gunman as Shane Schumerth, 28. He was a graduate of Purdue University and taught Spanish, according to a 2010 news release from the school announcing he had been hired.

A man who answered the phone at a listing for Schumerth's family declined to comment.

A vigil Tuesday evening for Regan drew about 100 people, and many hugged each other as they remembered her. She worked at the school for more than 30 years, starting as a teacher.

One student who attended the vigil at St. Mark's Episcopal Church said many students didn't like Schumerth's teaching style.

"He didn't tell us stuff that we needed to know. It was a Spanish class, but it wasn't like Spanish ever. We had a test recently, and he gave us the answers," ninth-grader Madeline Franson said.

Jacksonville teacher kills school leader, then himself 03/07/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 12:31am]
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