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Two Principals Shot in Tennessee School on Snow Day
The Shelbyville Times-Gazette ^ | 10 February 2010 | Beth Rucker

Posted on 02/10/2010 2:34:26 PM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Officials say a Tennessee elementary school principal is in critical condition after she and an assistant principal were shot and wounded by a co-worker at their office. The shooting at Inskip Elementary School in Knoxville happened Wednesday afternoon about an hour after all the children were dismissed for a snow day. Forty-eight-year-old Mark Stephen Foster is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder. Police say Foster was a co-worker, but wouldn't say what his job was. The school's Web site identifies Foster as a fourth-grade teacher. University of Tennessee Medical Center officials said Principal Elisa Luna was in critical condition and Assistant Principal Amy Brace was in stable condition. A school spokeswoman says classes are canceled for the rest of the week.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: banglist; knoxville; principal; principalsshot; schoolshooting; tennessee
Now for something completely different. This is a new one to me.
1 posted on 02/10/2010 2:34:26 PM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

a new sydrome:

Gorebull Warming Derangement Syndrome.


2 posted on 02/10/2010 2:35:31 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

Damn. I hate snow, too, but....


3 posted on 02/10/2010 2:38:21 PM PST by Safetgiver (I'd rather die under a free American sky than live under a Socialist regime.)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

This can’t be. You’re not allowed to have a gun on school property!


4 posted on 02/10/2010 2:40:42 PM PST by smokingfrog (You can't ignore your boss and expect to keep your job... www.filipthishouse2010.com)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

Prayers for the families of these two.


5 posted on 02/10/2010 2:41:53 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

I just spoke with my mom who lives in the general area. Word on the street is that the teacher was upset over his contract.


6 posted on 02/10/2010 2:42:39 PM PST by Dianna
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To: Dianna

I think we are at the time of year where school management reviews contracts for next school year...so if this guy had issues or the school was trimming their costs...it may have unhinged the guy. Face it...if true...we are all a bit nervous about our jobs and keeping them now. And this will just trigger more focus on contract reviews for the remainder of the season.


7 posted on 02/10/2010 2:46:20 PM PST by pepsionice
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To: smokingfrog

AP headline tommorow:”unexpected”


8 posted on 02/10/2010 2:48:09 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

Prayers for the wounded to recover.


9 posted on 02/10/2010 2:51:23 PM PST by NEMDF
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To: Dianna

Yeah, shooting a couple of principals is really going to shore up a teaching contract.


10 posted on 02/10/2010 2:52:15 PM PST by NoControllingLegalAuthority (As Wichita falls so falls Wichita Falls)
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To: Dianna

Yeah, shooting a couple of principals is really going to shore up a teaching contract.


11 posted on 02/10/2010 2:52:16 PM PST by NoControllingLegalAuthority (As Wichita falls so falls Wichita Falls)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

My mother went to Inskip circa 1930


12 posted on 02/10/2010 2:56:49 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Tax the poor. Taxes will give them a stake in society)
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To: pepsionice

And this will just trigger more - I guess that’s the appropriate word to use here.


13 posted on 02/10/2010 2:57:44 PM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: Dianna

Well, I am so glad we entrust 85%-90% of our children to people who have had in-service training on contract negotiation. Did this really happen in Tenn., or was it Chicago?


14 posted on 02/10/2010 3:04:22 PM PST by achilles2000 (Shouting "fire" in a burning building is doing everyone a favor...whether they like it or not)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

Need to regain control from the union and fire the unqualified and incompetent.


15 posted on 02/10/2010 3:05:36 PM PST by ADSUM (Democracy works when citizens get involved and keep government honest.)
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To: bert

Was watching the local news this afternoon and the shooter is from Clinton. They made a point to emphasize he’d never taught in the Clinton school sstem.

His contract was not going to be renewed at Inskip. He is an older man, 50 or older.

The principal and vice principal he shot are both women. The principal is in critical condition and the VP in stable condition.


16 posted on 02/10/2010 3:36:00 PM PST by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: bert
My mother went to Inskip circa 1930

i went to Sterchi 63-part of 67. It's really the same neighborhood. Also checking high school year book about the shooter. I may have went to high school with him in another county. Name and age is about right though as the guy I remember was several grades behind me. Not going to say where though. The name is too common for this area. Can be several by his name.

17 posted on 02/10/2010 3:54:20 PM PST by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin; All

According to one station, the guy has a long history of trouble. His brother’s had an order of protection against him. His neighbors say he walks up and down their road with a gun and a baseball bat yelling at the top of his lungs, etc. etc. He’s a nutcase. What reallly concerns me is how in the world he passed the background check in 2007?!? He has obviously had longstanding problems with the police in Anderson County (Clinton). Knox County schools do a pissy job of background checks. There have been problems before. They always say they don’t have the money to do extensive background checks. The media didn’t seem to have any problems finding this stuff out.


18 posted on 02/10/2010 3:56:39 PM PST by TennesseeGirl
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To: ADSUM

If you can read this, thank a teacher.
If you can’t, thank a Teachers Union.


19 posted on 02/10/2010 3:59:16 PM PST by 21twelve (Having the Democrats in control is like a never-ending game of Calvin ball. (Giotto))
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To: cva66snipe
Can be several by his name.

"Bananas" Foster?

Prayers up for the victims & their families.

20 posted on 02/10/2010 3:59:31 PM PST by P.O.E. (Giant Gila Monster)
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To: TennesseeGirl

bump. Thanks for the research.


21 posted on 02/10/2010 4:02:11 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: pepsionice

Local news in Memphis glossed over it. We can expect to see more of this if Obamanomics keeps destroying the economy.


22 posted on 02/10/2010 4:05:19 PM PST by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, disabled,seniors & retired Military)
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To: P.O.E.
"Bananas" Foster?

The last name of Foster is common in this area.

23 posted on 02/10/2010 4:07:48 PM PST by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: Dianna
I just spoke with my mom who lives in the general area. Word on the street is that the teacher was upset over his contract.

No! I wouldn't have believed it. [/s]

All sides of this story need to be investigated. What were the principals doing (really)? Why are items being posted here about this teacher's mental instability and he was still allowed to teach school? Why would he shoot two principals and not make sure he killed them since he has totally screwed up his life anyway and will probably lose it in the electric chair? Why did this individual not seek other employment if the job was creating these kinds of problems? Was the teacher a Muslim? What religious background did the gunman have? What other shootings of school personnel by school personnel have we had in this country?

24 posted on 02/10/2010 4:38:26 PM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: Emmett McCarthy
And this will just trigger more - I guess that’s the appropriate word to use here.

Oh, thanks for that post.

25 posted on 02/10/2010 4:38:54 PM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: ADSUM
Need to regain control from the union and fire the unqualified and incompetent.

So, what happens when the unqualified and incompetent fire on the unqualified and incompetent?

26 posted on 02/10/2010 4:39:53 PM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

From the article.

McIntyre said the school didn’t intend to rehire Foster next term.

Ya think!?!


27 posted on 02/10/2010 8:45:29 PM PST by H-one-five
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
If they are not hired in the first place or replaced upon non performance, then good qualified teachers may work in a positive environment.

Life is full of risks and we can't eliminate all danger, but and we should start making and doing the right things and bring GOD back into our schools and government.

28 posted on 02/11/2010 5:55:25 AM PST by ADSUM (Democracy works when citizens get involved and keep government honest.)
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To: ADSUM
and bring GOD back into our schools and government.

Oh no you're not going to bring God back. The individual who tries to do so will be terminated.

29 posted on 02/11/2010 4:04:40 PM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: girlangler
There's no way Anderson County or Clinton City schools would have likely hired him. Too many people here know each other. You know how that goes. Don't do nothing on one side of the county you don't want anybody at home knowing about on the other LOL.

When I was between 6-9 I lived in the Inskip area in Knoxville. We moved back to Anderson County after that. I definitely went to high school with the shooter & his brother. Both were several years behind me. I checked my year book. Although his address was Clinton he lived outside the city limits close to the interstate. He went to Norris High.

The judge who quashed the restraining order his brother tried to obtain needs booted out when his term is up. Hopefully voters won't forget. Not all of us are fortunate enough to have armed guards at our beckoning call like some judges in Clinton are. But restraining orders are really pretty useless anyway. All they're good for is documenting a problem.

Also had Knox County Schools done a better background through Anderson County Sheriffs Dept {as in a simple phone call} they may have gotten an early heads up before the hire. Dispatchers have records of calls to residence and any unusual circumstances the responding officer may need to know. They also know about restraining orders. That shooting was highly preventable.

30 posted on 02/11/2010 10:55:19 PM PST by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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