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Head of US school shot dead

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07 March 2012

byEd Thornton

US crime scene: the State Attorney, Angela Corey (left), talks to Dean Moorehead (second from right), investig­ators, and teachers at Episcopal High School, Jacksonville, Florida, on Tuesday PA

US crime scene: the State Attorney, Angela Corey (left), talks to Dean Moorehead (second from right), investig­ators, and teachers at Episcopal High S...

 

DALE REGAN, head at Episcopal High School in Jackson­ville, Florida, in the United States, was shot dead by a former teacher on Tuesday.

Speaking on Tuesday afternoon, a police spokesman said that an em­ployee whose contract had been terminated that morning had re­turned to the school in the after­noon. He had gone to Ms Regan's office, carrying an assault rifle in a guitar case, and shot her dead before killing himself. The former employee was later identified as Shane Schumerth, who had been a Spanish teacher at the school.

 

The Dean of St John's Episcopal Cathedral, Jacksonville, the Very Revd Kate Moor­ehead, who is vice-president of the school's board, visited the school on Tuesday afternoon. She told report­ers: "Our community is deeply sad­dened to lose this beloved head­master [sic], who has been a teacher here for 34 years. We are shocked; we ask you to please pray for us as a community.

 

"We have full confidence that Dale Regan is already in heaven with our Lord and Saviour Jesus, but we ask for your prayers as we mourn this great leader among us who has died so suddenly. . .

 

"We have to reassure the students that Dale believed in God, and that she is in fact in a good place, but that it's OK to be angry and upset. I think all of us will go through a lot of emo­tions through the coming months and even years as we remember this incident."

 

A statement issued by the school on Tuesday, signed by the chairman of the board of trustees, and by Dean Moorehead, said: "Dale was a life-time educator, beginning her career in education in 1970. Having taught for more than 20 years, many of which were at Episcopal, and served in numerous high-level administrat­ive positions at Episcopal since 1987, Dale was at heart a teacher."

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