SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - Police say it was a student who opened fire at a Nevada middle school today, killing a staff member who was trying to protect other children.
The suspected gunman also is dead, but authorities say no shots were fired by law enforcement, though more than 150 officers responded.
The shooting erupted outside Sparks Middle School shortly before classes began this morning. Two other students were critically injured in the incident. They were both taken to a nearby hospital, where one is out of surgery. Police say the other as doing well.
Students from the middle school and next door elementary school were evacuated to the nearby high school, and classes were canceled. At the evacuation center, parents walked with their arms around their children, some of whom were in tears.
The city of Sparks lies just east of Reno.
It was a short day for students at Cross Keys Middle School in North County.
Ferguson-Florissant School District officials say the students were dismissed at noon after a Freon leak in the school's HVAC system. Over the past two days there had been reports of a mysterious smoke of fog in the gym. Administrators say two students saw the school nurse but no further attention was required.
Officials are now on site to perform air quality tests.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A former suburban St. Louis middle school teacher has pleaded guilty to federal charges for secretly videotaping boys as they undressed in a camp shower.
Sentencing is Oct. 4 for 39-year-old Matthew Hansen of Winfield. He pleaded guilty Tuesday to eight counts of attempted production of child pornography.
Hansen also faces state charges for possession of child porn.
He was arrested in Iowa after threatening to jump off a cellular tower,
Hansen was a math teacher at West Middle School in the Fort Zumwalt School District of St. Charles County. He also worked at a camp for fifth-graders.
Following his arrest last year, school officials told parents that investigators had found evidence that Hansen videotaped at least 80 boys while they undressed at a camp in Lincoln County.