Bruce Gerstle & Chaplain Bill Park were deployed to Virginia
Tech after the massacre, there were 6 others making up a team
of 8 Chaplains. A local church, Calvary Chapel of Roanoke had
a number of "Host Families" who were willing to put
them up during their stay. After arriving and meeting with their
team leaders and coordinator, Chaplain Gerstle and Chaplain Park
headed over to the campus' drill field and began searching out
some of the police officers who were stationed there. Some Virginia
State Police Officers were sent there after the massacre to help
and assist the Campus Police, who were actually the first responders.
One trooper they talked to told them that when he entered the
building after the shooting, all he heard were the cell phones
ringing on the victim's bodies. The campus has approximately 40
police officers. In those 3 days, Chaplain Gerstle & Chaplain
Park were able to minister to members of the Virginia State Police,
Campus Police and the local police of the town of Blacksburg,
VA. They also prayed with numerous students, faculty and administrators.
Chaplain Gerstle had only 40 Police Bibles left over to give to
the Campus Police . It just so happened to be manned by a force
of 40 Police officers! God is awesome to provide the exact amount!
Gerstle & Chaplain Park stated they were so blessed to be
able to serve our Lord in that "valley of the shadow of death"
and to be able to encourage, and serve those hurting people. The
Christian groups on campus are really rising to the occasion!
Chaplain Gerstle & Chaplain Park
participated in a prayer vigil on Monday with about 50-75 students
from Campus Crusade for Christ. All the people of that university
were very happy and appreciative of all the people who came to
their aid to stand with them in support during this sad time.
In Christ, Chaplain Bill Park and Chaplain Bruce Gerstle.
Violence: Most parents have no idea of how many shootings
have taken place over the years within our schools. Before 1995
school shootings were infrequent and usually did not lead to multiple
deaths. One early school shooting occurred in San Diego, California,
in January 1979. Seventeen-year-old Brenda Spencer used a rifle
she had just received for Christmas to shoot at an elementary
school across the street from her house. During
a six-hour standoff, Brenda killed two men trying to protect the
schoolchildren and wounded eight children and a police officer.
She showed no emotion when finally captured. In March 1987 in
Missouri twelve-year-old Nathan Ferris, an honor student, grew
tired of being teased. He took a gun to school and when teased
shot and killed the student and then himself. The
rash of school shootings of the 1990s began in Giles County, Tennessee,
on November 15, 1995. Seventeen-year-old Jamie Rouse, dressed
in black, took a firearm to school and shot two teachers in the
head, killing one, and killed another student while attempting
to shoot the school's football coach. Rouse had told several of
his classmates beforehand about his intentions, but none of the
students reported the conversations to authorities. Less
than two months later on February 2, 1996, in Moses Lake, Washington,
fourteen-year-old Barry Loukaitis walked into a mathematics class
wearing a long western coat. Under the coat he concealed two pistols,
a high-powered rifle, and ammunition. Loukaitis killed two classmates
and the teacher while wounding another student. He took the rest
of the class hostage. Another teacher rushed Loukaitis, ending
the standoff. Loukaitis, like Rouse, had shared thoughts of going
on a shooting spree with another student. The same day Loukaitis
attacked his fellow schoolmates, a sixteen-year-old in Atlanta,
Georgia, shot and killed a teacher. The following is a list of
school shootings, it is time for us to help train educators and
students about how to handle such disasters if or when they happen.
Please do not take the old attitute it can't happen to us, or
our school, because it can.
16, 2007 Blacksburg, Va: A 23-year-old Virginia Tech student,
Cho Seung-Hui, killed two in a dorm, then killed 30 more 2 hours
later in a classroom building. His suicide brought the death toll
to 33, making the shooting rampage the most deadly in U.S. history.
Fifteen others were wounded.The Virginia Tech shooting comprised
of two separate attacks about two hours apart. Cho used two firearms
during the attacks, a smallbore .22-caliber Walther P22 semi-automatic
handgun, and a 9 mm semi-automatic Glock 19 handgun.
Jan. 3, 2007 Tacoma, Wash: Douglas Chanthabouly, 18, shot
fellow student Samnang Kok, 17, in the hallway of Henry Foss High
School.Kok was pronounced dead at the scene. Shortly afterwards,
18-year-old Foss junior Douglas Chanthabouly was arrested walking
through a suburban neighborhood nearby. Chanthabouly was arraigned
and charged with first-degree murder on January 4, 2007.Tacoma
Police believe that the shooting was due to a disagreement and
was not likely gang-related
Oct. 2, 2006 Nickel Mines, Pa: Charles Carl Roberts, 32, took
10 girls hostage in an Amish school in Nickel Mines, Pa., killing
five of them before killing himself.
Sept. 29, 2006 Cazenovia, Wi: Weston High School shooting
- Eric Hainstock, 15, took two guns into Weston High School and
fatally shot the principal before being captured and arrested.
Eric Hainstock, a freshman, entered the school with a handgun
and a shotgun, both owned by his parents. After arriving at school
at approximately 8:00 a.m., he aimed the shotgun at a teacher,
but it was wrestled from him by the custodian. A struggle ensued,
and the shotgun was taken away. Still armed with the handgun,
Hainstock sought out and confronted the school's principal, John
Alfred Klang. Klang attempted to subdue Hainstock; in response,
Hainstock shot Klang several times. Klang then managed to sweep
away the gun and wrestle Hainstock to the ground, where others
helped to hold him down. Klang was treated at Reedsburg Area Medical
Center and then flown to the University of Wisconsin Hospital
in Madison, where he later died as a result of the wounds he received.
Hainstock was arrested and charged with first degree intentional
homicide by the Sauk County District Attorneys office. This
occurred only two days after the Platte Canyon High School shooting
27, 2006 Bailey, Co: Duane
Morrison, 53, took six girls hostage at Platte Canyon High School
in Bailey, Co., molesting them and holding them for hours before
fatally shooting one girl and then himself.
Nov. 8, 2005 Jacksboro, Tenn:
Assistant principal Ken Bruce was killed and two other administrators
seriously wounded when Kenny Bartley, a 15-year-old student, opened
fire in a Jacksboro, Tennessee high school.
Aug. 24, 2006 Vermont:
Christopher Williams, 27, went to Essex Elementary School in Vermont
and, when he could not find his ex-girlfriend - a teacher, he
shot and killed one teacher and wounded another. Earlier, he had
killed the ex-girlfriend's mother. He attemtped suicide but survived
and was arrested.
Mar 21, 2005 Red Lake, Minnesota: Jeff Weise, 16, shot to
death his grandfather and his grandfather's girlfriend and then
went to his high school in Red Lake, Minnesota, where he killed
a security guard, a teacher, and five students, and wounded seven
others, before killing himself.
Nov. 24, 2004 Indiana: James
Lewerke, a 15-year-old student at Valparaiso High School in northern
Indiana, pulled two large knives out of his pants and stabbed
seven of his classmates. None of the injuries was life-threatening.
May 7, 2004 Maryland: Four teenagers leaving a charity basketball
game at their Randallstown, Maryland, high school were wounded,
one critically, in a drive-by shooting. Among the suspects was
a 17-year-old student at the school who had been involved in an
earlier incident over a girl.
Apr. 3, 2004Houston Texas:
A shot was fired from a passing car through the glass front door
of the Accelerated Learnin and Transition Academy in Houston.
About 200 students were in the school at the time but no one was
Feb. 11, 2004 Philadelphia PA:
Ten-year-old Faheem Thomas-Childs was shot in the face outside
T.M. Peirce Elementary School in Philadelphia. He died six days
after the shooting. He was caught in a shootout between two rival
gangs. The gun battle unleashed nearly 100 shots in the area as
children were arriving at the school. A school crossing guard
was also injured. Two men were arrested for the shooting.
Feb. 2, 2004 Washington D.C.:
17-year-old James Richardson was shot to death in Ballou Senior
High School in Washington D.C. during second period. The shooting
resulted from a confrontation with another student who was arrested.
Jan. 13, 2004 Detroit: Following an argument, a 19-year-old
entered Northern High School in Detroit and shot Aaron Wilson,
18, six times in the leg. Neither teen was a student at the school.
Nov. 14, 2003 North Carolina: A 15-year-old student accidently
fired a handgun outside the East Mecklenburg High School (North
Carolina) cafeteria injuring two students.
Oct. 30, 2003 Washington D.C: 16-year-old Devin Fowlkes was
shot to death in front of Anacostia Senior High School in Washington
D.C. as he left a homecoming dance along with a crowd of students.
Another student was slightly injured. A 15-year-old, who said
he was aiming at someone else, was arrested and charged with murder.
Sept. 26, 2003 North Carolina: A 13-year-old boy fired a 9
mm semiautomatic handgun into the ceiling of a Cleveland County,
North Carolina, middle school. He also fired one shot into the
closed door of a classroom filled with students. No one was injured.
Sept. 24, 2003 Cold Spring, Minn: Aaron Rollins, 17, was killed
and Seth Bartell, 14, was critically wounded when 15-year-old
John Jason McLaughlin walked out of a locker room at Rocori High
School in Cold Spring, Minn., and shot them with a .22-caliber
gun he had in his gym bag. Bartell died Oct. 10.
April 24, 2003 Red Lion, Pa: 14-year old James Sheets shot
and killed his middle school principal Eugene Segro in a crowded
school cafeteria and then killed himself.
April 14, 2003 New Orleans: Gunmen armed with an AK-47 rifle
and a handgun opened fire in the packed gymnasium of John McDonogh
Senior High School in New Orleans. Jonathan Williams, 15, was
killed and three girls were wounded in a spray of bullets. It
was thought to be a revenge killing for an earlier murder. A loaded
handgun was found on the victim. Four suspects were arrested.
January 15, 2002 Manhattan: Two students at Martin Luther
King Jr. High School in Manhattan, were seriously wounded when
a teenager opened fire at the school.
January 16, 2002 Grundy, Virginia: 43-year-old Peter Odighizuwa,
a Nigerian former student at the Appalachian School of Law, arrived
on the campus. While numerous reports stated that Odighizuwa had
flunked out of school or had been suspended, Jeremy Davis, former
dean and professor of law at the school, later said that Odighizuwa
had withdrawn voluntarily due to poor academic performance. Odighizuwa
first discussed his academic problems with professor Dale Rubin,
where he reportedly told Rubin to pray for him. Odighizuwa
then walked to the offices of Dean Anthony Sutin and Professor
Thomas Blackwell, where he opened fire with a .380 ACP semi-automatic
handgun. According to a county coroner, powder burns indicated
that both victims were shot at point blank range. Also killed
along with the two faculty members was a student, Angela Denise
Dales, age 33. Three other people were wounded.
November 13, 2001 Michigan: Chris Buschbacher, 17, went to
the Caro (Mich.) Learning Center armed with a .22-caliber rifle
and a 20-gauge shotgun, taking a student and a teacher hostage.
During a three-hour standoff, he fired two shots. The hostages
were eventually released but Buschbacher, who was reportedly despondent
over a breakup with his girlfriend, shot himself as police prepared
to enter the building.
March. 30, 2001 Gary, Indiana: Neal Boyd IV, 16, was shot
to death outside Lew Wallace High School in Gary, Ind., where
he was a student. 17-year-old Donald R. Burt Jr. was arrested,
convicted and sentenced to 57 years in prison.
March. 22, 2001 El Cajon, Ca: Four students and two teachers
were wounded at Granite Hills High School in El Cajon, Ca. None
of the injuries were life-threatening. One of the wounded students,
18-year-old Jason Hoffman, was the alleged assailant. The shooting
took place in a San Diego suburb just seven miles from the March
5th high school shooting.
March. 7, 2001 Williamsport, Pa: An 8th-grade girl shot a
13-year-old classmate during lunch at Bishop Neumann Junior-Senior
High School in Williamsport, Pa. The suspect was arrested and
the injuries were not considered life-threatening.
March. 5, 2001 Santee, Calif: 15-year-old Charles Andrew Williams
was arrested for killing two classmates, and wounding 13 other
people, at Santana High School in Santee, Calif. In August 2002,
he received a 50-year to life sentence.
Feb. 2, 2001 Detroit: Two students and a teachers were reportedly
grazed by gunfire at Osborn High School in Detroit. The victims
were not seriously hurt, and no suspect was caught.
Jan. 17, 2001 Baltimore: Juan Matthews, 17, died after being
shot three times while standing in front of Lake Clifton Eastern
High School in Baltimore.
Oct. 24, 2000 Glendale, Ariz: An armed teen-ager briefly held
a classroom full of children and a teacher hostage at Pioneer
Elementary School in Glendale, Ariz., before surrendering to authorities.
There were no injuries.
Sept. 26, 2000 New Orleans, La: A 13-year-old and a 15-year-old
were critically wounded when they shot each other with the same
gun. The shootings occured during a fight at Woodson Middle School
in New Orleans, La. The gun had been slipped through a fence to
one of the students by a 13-year-old who had been expelled from
July 17, 2000 In Renton, Wash: A 13-year-old boy was charged
with shooting a handgun into the ceiling of the school cafeteria.
More than 100 students were in the cafeteria at the time, but
no one was injured. The boy, later identified as Josh Warnock,
fled and was taken into custody at the home of his grandparents
the following day.
May 26, 2000 Lake Worth, Fla: 13-year-old honor student Nathaniel
Brazill shot a teacher in the face, killing him. Police said the
seventh-grader had been sent home for throwing water balloons
and returned to the school with a handgun he found in his grandfather's
Mar. 10, 2000 Savannah, Ga: 19-year-old Stacy Smalls and 16-year-old
Ramone Kimble died from gunshot wounds they suffered as they were
leaving a dance honoring the Savannah, Ga. Beach High School girls
basketball state championship team. Darrell Ingram, 19, was arrested
and charged with murder and aggravated assault.
Feb. 29, 2000 Michigan: A first-grade boy at Buell Elementary
School in Mount Morris Township, Mich., fatally shot classmate
Kayla Rolland, 6, after the two children had a verbal spat. He
took the .32-caliber handgun from his uncle's home, where he was
Dec. 6, 1999 Fort Gibson, Okla: Seth Trickey, 13, fired at
least 15-rounds at Fort Gibson Middle School in Fort Gibson, Okla.,
wounding four classmates. He was convicted on seven assault charges.
Nov. 19, 1999 New Mexico: A 13-year-old girl was shot in the
head in school at Deming, New Mexico. She died the next day. 12-year-old
Victor Cordova Jr. pleaded guilty to the shooting.
May 20, 1999 Conyers, Ga: T.J. Solomon, 15, opened fire at
Heritage High School in Conyers, Ga., wounding six students. Solomon
pleaded guilty but mentally ill and was sentenced to 40 years
in prison. T.J used, a 22 caliber sawed-off rifle and a .375 caliber
handgun, from his stepfather's gun cabinet. Sentence Reduced:
On August 17, 2001, T.J. Solomon's sentence was reduced from 40
years to 20 years. Now instead of 36 years before the possibility
of parole, parole is possible after 18 years. T.J. is still remaining
on suicide watch at Arrendale State Prison in Alto after trying
to kill himself in the beginning of the year.
20, 1999 Littleton, Colo:
Columbine High School students Dylan Klebold, 17, and Eric Harris,
18, went on a shooting rampage, killing 12 of their classmates
and one teacher, a Hoosier native, in Littleton, Colo. Klebold
and Harris then kill themselves. The massacre was the bloodiest
school shooting in U.S. history.
June 15, 1998 Richmond, Va: A male teacher and a female guidance
counselor were shot in a hallway at a Richmond, Va., high school.
Neither was seriously injured.
May 21, 1998 Springfield, Ore: student Kipland "Kip"
Kinkel killed his parents, William and Faith, both Spanish teachers
at local high schools. On May 21, 1998, he arrived at class at
Thurston, murdering 2 of his classmates, Ben Walker and Mikael
Nicklauson, and injuring 25 others. Kinkel was subdued by fellow
students including one who had been shot. Kinkel had brought three
weapons to the high school, a .22 caliber rifle, a .22 caliber
handgun, and a 9mm Glock semi-automatic pistol. His case has become
one of the standard case studies in profiling students who bring
guns to school for purposes of murder, a prelude to the Columbine
High School massacre.
May 21, 1998 Onalaska, Wash: Miles Fox,15, died from a self-inflicted
gunshot wound to the head in Onalaska, Wash. Earlier in the day,
he boarded a high school bus with a gun in hand, ordered his girlfriend
off the bus and took her to his home, where he shot himself.
May 21, 1998 Houston, Texas: A 15-year-old girl was shot and
wounded at a suburban Houston, Tx., high school when a gun in
the backpack of a 17-year-old boy discharged.
May 19, 1998 Fayetteville, Tenn: Three days before graduation,
18-year-old honor student Jacob Davis allegedly opened fire in
a parking lot at Lincoln County High School in Fayetteville, Tenn.,
killing a classmate who was dating his ex-girlfriend.
Apr. 28, 1998 Pomona, Calif.: Two teen-age boys were shot
to death and a third was wounded as they played basketball at
a Pomona, Calif., elementary school hours after classes had ended.
An unidentified 14-year-old boy was charged.
Apr. 24, 1998 Edinboro, Pa: A 48-year-old science teacher
was shot to death in front of students at a graduation dance in
Edinboro, Pa. Andrew Wurst, a 14-year-old student at James W.
Parker Middle School, was charged. The killer was later described
as depressed, alienated and a boy who never smiled.
47. Mar. 24, 1998 Jonesboro, Ark: Four girls and a teacher
were shot to death and 10 others wounded during a false fire alarm
at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Ark. Two boys, Andrew
Golden, 11, and Mitchell Johnson, 13, were accused of setting
off the alarm and then opening fire from a nearby woods.
Dec. 1, 1997 Paducah, Ky: Three students were killed and five
others wounded as they took part in a prayer circle in a hallway
at Heath High School in West Paducah, Ky. Michael Carneal, 14,
described as emotionally immature, plead guilty but mentally ill
and was sentenced to life. One of the wounded girls was paralyzed.
Oct. 1, 1997 Pearl, Miss: 16-year-old outcast Luke Woodham
of Pearl, Miss., was sentenced to life in prison for killing his
mother, then going to Pearl High School and shooting nine students.
Two students died, including the suspect's ex-girlfriend.
Feb. 19, 1997 Bethel, Alaska: 16-year-old Evan Ramsey opened
fire with a shotgun in a common area at a Bethel, Alaska, high
school, killing the principal and a student and wounding two others.
Ramsey was sentenced to two 99-year prison terms.
2, 1996 Moses Lake, Wash:
14-year-old Barry Loukaitis walked into algebra class with a hunting
rifle in his trenchcoat and opened fire, killing the teacher and
two students. A third student was injured during the shooting
at a junior high school in Moses Lake, Wash.
November 15, 1995 Lynnville, Tennessee: One student and a
teacher were killed, and another teacher was seriously wounded
by a shot to the head. The perpetrator was armed high school student
Jamie Rouse, age 17. Rouse used a .22-calibre Remington Viper
semi-automatic rifle. Rouse was convicted as an adult of two counts
of first degree murder and one count of attempted murder, he was
sentenced to life in prison without a parole.
Jan. 18, 1993 Grayson, Ky: Scott Pennington, 17, walked into
Deanna McDavid's English class at East Carter High School in Grayson,
Ky., and shot her in the head. He then shot janitor Marvin Hicks.
Pennington was sentenced to life without parole.
December 14, 1992 Massachusetts: Wayne Lo was born in Tainan,
Taiwan. His family immigrated to the US in 1987, settling in Billings,
Montana. His parents ran a restaurant business in Billings. On
December 14, 1992, Lo carried out his shooting rampage. That morning
he received an ammunition order that he had placed two days earlier.
He then went to Pittsfield, MA and purchased an SKS at a gun shop
that afternoon. Lo commenced shooting at around 10:30 pm. His
Victims were, Nacunan Saez 37 professor shot dead, Galen Gibson
18 student shot dead, Theresa Beavers 42 security guard - wounded,
Thomas McElderry 19 student wounded, Joshua Faber 15 student wounded,
Matthew David 18 student wounded, Lo surrendered to the police
after his rifle jammed and he called 911, informing them that
he was the shooter. He was taken into custody without incident.
May 1, 1992 Olivehurst, Ca: Eric Houston, 20, killed four
people and wounded 10 in a seige at his former high school in
Olivehurst, Ca. The attack was said to be in retaliation for a
failing grade. Houston was convicted and sentenced to death.
November 1, 1991University of Iowa:
Gang Lu (born in Beijing) (1963 - November 1, 1991 ) (surname
Lu; Chinese: ?? Lú Gang) was a Chinese physics student
enrolled in the PhD program at the University of Iowa. On Friday,
November 1, 1991, using a .38 caliber revolver and also carrying
a .22 caliber handgun, he shot five people to death, seriously
wounded another, and then committed suicide in what is called
the Gang Lu Massacre.
Jan. 17, 1989 Stockton, Ca: Patrick Purdy, 26, armed with
an AK-47 assault rifle, opened fire on a playground at a Stockton,
Ca., elementary school. Five children died and 29 children and
one teacher were wounded before Purdy killed himself.
Sept. 26, 1988 Greenwood, S.C: James Wilson, 19, opened fire
in a Greenwood, S.C. elementary school. He shot seven students
and two teachers. Two 8-year-old girls died.
May 20, 1988 Winnetka, ILL: Laurie Dann, 30, shot six students
at the Winnetka elementary school, killing one second-grader.
She then shot a man in a nearby house before committing suicide.
Jan. 21, 1985 Goddard Kansas: James Alan Kearbey, 14, armed
with a M1-A semiautomatic rifle and a .357-caliber handgun, killed
the principal and wounded two teachers and a student at his Goddard,
Kansas Junior high school. He pleaded no contest and served seven
years in a state youth facility.
January 20, 1983 Saint Louis, Missouri: Parkway South Junior
eighth-grader David Lawler shot two of his classmates then he
turned the gun on himself and committed suicide. Randell Kroger,
15, was shot in the chest and died at 12:28 p.m. and 15-year-old
Greg Saffo (Palmer) was injured in the shooting, which occurred
just before noon in a study hall. David brought two guns to the
school, and used one of them on himself to end the violence.
January 29, 1979 San Diego, Ca: Brenda Spencer, 16, opened
fire with a .22-caliber rifle at an elementary school across the
street from her San Diego, Ca., home. She killed two people and
wounded seven because she "didn't like Mondays". She
is in prison.
August 1, 1966 Austin Texas: Charles Joseph Whitman was a
student at the University of Texas at Austin who shot and killed
14 people (including those who survived the initial shooting but
later died as a result of their injuries) and wounded 31 others
from the observation deck of the University's Main Building of
The University of Texas at Austin on August 1, 1966, after murdering
his wife and mother, and before being shot by Austin police.
September 15, 1959 Houston, Texas: A school massacre that
occurred in Houston, Texas on September 15, 1959. On September
15, around 10:00 a.m., Orgeron and his son approached a teacher
who was about to enter one of the classrooms. At the time he was
carrying a brown suitcase with unknown contents. The teacher was
given two pieces of paper by Orgeron and asked to read them. According
to the teacher the papers were completely illegible, and she was
unable to understand them. While she tried to read the notes Orgeron
mumbled under his breath about "having power in a suitcase,"
and the will of God. He asked that all the children gather into
a circle around him. The teacher became suspicious after seeing
a mysterious button on the bottom of the suitcase. Seeing her
distress other teachers joined her and Orgeron was asked to leave
school grounds. When he refused the teachers began to evacuate
the children away from Orgeron, and shortly thereafter Orgeron
detonated the briefcase which was estimated to contain six sticks
of dynamite. The explosion claimed six lives, including both Orgeron
and his son. Two other students, a custodian and a teacher also