SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - Students returning to classes at Sparks Middle School on Monday for the first time since a fatal schoolyard shooting a week ago will be greeted by extra police officers but few other changes, with one big exception:
Michael Landsberry, the beloved math teacher and athletic coach they say combined the toughness of an ex-Marine with the compassion of a caring educator, won't be there.
Landsberry was fatally shot in the chest last Monday by Jose Reyes, a 12-year-old seventh-grader who also wounded two classmates before taking his own life with a semi-automatic handgun on the asphalt basketball court outside the school with about 600 students.
Police say Reyes got the gun from his residence, which could subject his parents to prosecution. But investigators say they haven't determined a motive yet, and don't know whether Reyes was shooting randomly or targeting victims when the rampage began about 7:15 a.m.
Some students speculate that bullying may have played a role in the shooting, but police say they have no evidence of that and have refused to comment about anything that might have provoked the attack.