Posted: Mar 7, 2012 7:35 AM
Source: Associated Press
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A northeast Florida school will remain closed through next week's spring break after its headmistress was gunned down in her office by a former teacher.
Authorities say 28-year-old Spanish teacher Shane Schumerth was fired Tuesday before returning to the Episcopal School of Jacksonville in the afternoon and killing 63-year-old Dale Regan. He then committed suicide.
Details about Schumerth's firing were not immediately available.
The gunman's father, Steve Schumerth of Culver, Ind., told the Florida Times-Union his family is in shock. He says the family sends prayers to the Episcopal School family.
Regan had worked at the school for more than 30 years. Schumerth was a 2007 graduate of Purdue University.
School officials say counseling and pastoral care will be provided to students, staff and others.