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Teacher Michael Landsberry, killed in Sparks Middle School shooting, called a hero

Teacher Michael Landsberry, killed in Sparks Middle School shooting, called a hero | Education | Scoop.it

It came as no surprise to Michael Landsberry’s family that the Sparks Middle School math teacher is being called a hero for trying to get a student to put his gun down before being shot and killed.

“To hear he was trying to protect those kids, that he stepped up and tried to stop the situation, doesn’t surprise me at all,” said Chanda Landsberry, who is married to Michael’s brother younger brother, Reggie. “He could have ducked and hid, but he didn’t. That’s not who he is.”

“He was trained to help.”

A former Marine, the 45-year-old Landsberry was also a member of the Nevada Army National Guard.

Tom Robinson, deputy chief with the Reno Police Department told reporters at a news conference: “in my estimation, he is a hero. We do know he was trying to intervene.”

Chanda Landsberry said her brother-in-law, who received bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2001, loved teaching.

“He loved his school kids. He loved the Guard,” she said. “It defined him.”

His students shared the pain of his loss in an outpouring of heartfelt messages on social media, and shared silly photos of their teacher, showing his playfulness in the classroom.

Michael Landsberry kept a math website to help his students get through each year called “Welcome to Mr. L’s Math Class for 2013-2014.”

“I have one classroom rule and it is very simple: ‘Thou Shall Not Annoy Mr. L,’” the site said. “I am looking forward to getting to know and teach all of you this year. I know that at times the year will be tough and boring but I will do my best to make the lessons exciting.

 

Timeline of shooting

7:15 a.m.: Shooting at Sparks Middle School, students are evacuated to nearby Agnes Risley Elementary School. 
8:15 a.m.: Police tell the Reno Gazette-Journal parents can pick up students at Sparks High School
8:41 a.m.: Sparks City Manager Shaun Carey tells RGJ shooter died from self-inflicted gunshot wound.
9:03 a.m.: Angela Rambo, spokeswoman for Renown Regional Hospital, said they have received two male patients, both minors, and both are in critical condition.
9:20 a.m.: Sparks police say several people were shot this morning at Sparks Middle School. Two people have died. Two people are in critical condition at Renown Regional Medical Center. Authorities say it is too early to release details about the shooter and the victims.
9:50 a.m.: Sparks Middle School student Kyle Nucum, 13, tells the RGJ he saw a student shoot his teacher.
11 a.m.: At a press conference, authorities confirmed one person killed was a staffer. ""My information is he's a hero," Reno Police Department Deputy Chief Tom Robinson said. "We don't know everything he was trying to do yet, but we know he was trying to intervene." The other who died was described as a "student/suspect." The last of the Sparks Middle School students are being picked up from Sparks High School. "This is just a tragic day for us," Superintendent Pedro Martinez said. "A very tragic day." Other officials at the press conference expressed grief and complimented police for their response. Sparks Middle Shool will be closed this week. Agnes Risley Elemenetary Shool will reopen Tuesday.


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littlebytesnews's curator insight, October 21, 2013 7:01 PM

How sad...he did his best and likely saved others lives by his actions, it's too bad our teachers have no other choice but to risk their own lives or duck and hide during such an incident. If he would have been armed or an armed guard was available at the time the outcome would have been much different. All it would have taken was one bullet to take down the shooter before others were shot and he killed himself. 

 

Sending thoughts and prayers to the families and especially for those students who were critically injured. 

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As schools rush to embrace computer tablets as teaching tools, problems have officials in a few districts rethinking the usefulness and even security of the latest technology trend.


The highest-profile snafu came in Los Angeles, where a $1 billion program—funded by voter-approved bonds—to provide Apple Inc. iPads for K-12 students came under fire after some students sidestepped the security system and accessed social media, online games and other content that was supposed to be blocked.


The Los Angeles Unified School District temporarily took back thousands of tablets from students at three high schools and required the devices to remain on-campus in all 30 schools where the effort had been rolled out. School board officials called a special meeting for Oct. 29 to assess the $50 million first phase of the program ahead of votes to fund the second and third phases.


Los Angeles school board member Bennett Kayser said the district's initiative was "hastily planned" and several "red flags" were overlooked, such as the potential expense of lost or stolen devices and questions about the completeness of the installed curriculum software. Plus, he added, "There is no silver bullet or Superman here; technology is a tool, not an end unto itself."


The fitful Los Angeles rollout comes as K-12 schools nationwide are expected to spend $9.7 billion on technology in 2013, up from $6 billion in 2003, according to the Center for Digital Education, a national research and advisory institute specializing in education technology trends and policy. Districts in Maryland, Kansas, North Dakota and elsewhere have rolled out tablet to thousands of students this year. And experts say the pace of technology spending is rapidly growing as schools try to become more tech-savvy.


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Banning Christian Holidays, pictures, crosses, and prayers while allowing Mu'slim prayers 5 times daily, making all other children accomodate Islam, and even teaching outright lies about the history of Islam and its prophet, branding Christians as terrorists, is not enough for some people to see the reality of jihad and Islamization in America.

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