School shooting: Murder-suicide at Florida private school

School shooting: Murder-suicide at Florida private school

Jacksonville : FL : USA | Mar 07, 2012 at 7:08 AM PST
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While many Americans spent their Super Tuesday voting and/or watching election results, a Florida Episcopal School was reeling over the school shooting that took place Tuesday afternoon.

Not your usual "student toting a gun to school and opening fire," this was allegedly a disgruntled teacher who killed the head of the school after having been escorted out of class and fired.

Tuesday morning high school teacher, Shane Schumerth was fired, by the afternoon he and the head of the school Dale Regan were dead in an alleged murder-suicide by the 28-year old who had received his walking papers just hours before the incident.

After hearing the teacher had been escorted out of the class, some of the students joked around that Schumerth would come back and do something, according to a seventh grader, Brandon Steele.

The fired teacher hid an AK-47 assault rifle in a guitar case and gunned down the beloved head of the school before killing himself, according to

Described as a dedicated educator, her death shocked those who knew her -- she started teaching at the school in 1976, she was 63, according to the Rev. Kate Moorehead, dean of St. John's Cathedral and Episcopal Diocese of Florida.

"We ask you please pray for us as a community," Moorehead requested. "We have full confidence that Dale Regan is already with God and in Heaven with our Lord and Savior Jesus."

Schumerth, a Spanish teacher had worked at the school since August of 2010, before taking the position at the Episcopal School, he taught at John E. Ford Elementary in Duval County Public Schools. His father, Steve Schumerth, instructs at a private school in Indiana.

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