Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Millard South High Shooting
We live only a block away from this school....we see and hear most everything that goes on at least on the football and practice field daily. This is the school my kids will go to. Currently my kids go to the middle school and elementary school, only a few blocks away. They were on lock down for over an hour today. The middle school closed and locked all doors...kids were directed to stay away from windows. But...at the elementary school, they have an open floor plan which means, other than the front and back doors...there are no doors to the rooms....so the kids had to get in corners under desks and laydown for over an hour. Poor babies. They at first thought it was a really long drill...but then they started getting nervous after awhile. MaKenna...bless her heart...just fell asleep on the floor...while Jake's heart was beating a little faster not knowing what was going on. Cam...in middle school...just enjoyed getting to watch youtube with his teacher.
Such a senseless act. I REALLY don't get it. It is SO not worth it...why?? These two priciples are wonderful people...and Dr. Kaspar...rest her soul...would have been 59 tomorrow. All over a silly suspension. Really? Is life THAT bad? Satan got his claws into that boy and didn't let go...is there anyway to prevent something like this from happening again????
Millard South Asst. Principal Dies after School Shooting
Posted: Jan 05, 2011 7:10 PM CST
Millard South School Shooting Omaha, NE - Assistant Principal Dr. Vicki Kaspar died Wednesday night after she was shot inside Millard South High School early in the afternoon. A spokesperson for the Millard Public Schools says Dr. Kaspar would have turned 59-years-old Thursday.
Millard South High School will be closed Thursday. Counseling will be available for students, staff and parents at the high school and the Stroh Administrative Center from 8:00-5:00 p.m. Thursday. Millard South student Taylor Anderson remembered Dr. Kaspar Wednesday night, "Dr. Kaspar, she's extremely respected, very kind and caring. She is always at the basketball and football games and is a very great person to talk to."
Dr. Kaspar had worked for Millard Public Schools since 1988; she became an assistant principal in 1998.
South Principal Dr. Curtis Case remained in serious condition Wednesday night. Superintendent Dr. Keith Lutz as young and energetic.
The first emergency calls to 911 reported 4 or 5 shots had been fired inside the school office at 12:50 p.m. Many students were in the cafeteria, near the office. The school declared a "Code Red" situation and went into lockdown immediately; students were not allowed the leave until several hours after the shooting. Teachers kept the students in classrooms, the lights were turned off, the students were asked to remain quiet.
Omaha Police Chief Alex Hayes confirmed student Robert Butler, Jr., shot the administrators, then fled from the school. Butler later shot and killed himself in his car, parked in an office complex parking lot a couple miles from the school. Butler is the son of an Omaha police detective. A status update on Butler's Facebook page this afternoon said, "Everybody that used (sic) to me. I'm sorry but Omaha changed me and f****ed me up and the school I know (sic) attend is even worse. Ur gonna hear about the evil s***t I did but that f****ing school drove me to this. I want you guys to remember me for who I was before this. I know I greatly affected the lives of the families I ruined but I'm sorry. Goodbye.
Butler transferred to Millard South in November from Lincoln Southwest.
Late Wednesday, students were released from the school, one class at a time. Most had remained in contact with friends and parents by text messages. Parents rushed to the school to wait for their students.