Nation & World News

Teacher Who Died Trying To End Shooting Remembered As A Hero

By Scott Neuman on October 22nd, 2013

Michael Landsberry, the 45-year-old middle school math teacher and Afghan War veteran who was killed Monday trying to talk down a student shooter at a Nevada middle school, is being remembered as a hero.

Witnesses at Sparks Middle School in the city of Sparks, near Reno, described how Landsberry approached the armed 13-year-old boy and tried to get him to surrender a semi-automatic pistol he had used to shoot two fellow students. The boy then turned the weapon on Landsberry, fatally shooting him, before using the pistol to take his own life.

“In my estimation he is a hero,” Reno Deputy Police Chief Tom Robinson said at a news conference Monday.

Washoe County School District Superintendent Pedro Martinez said: “We have a lot of heroes today, including our children … and our fallen hero, an amazing teacher.”

A Facebook page in honor of the fallen teacher “Rest Easy Mr. Landsberry” had more than 12,000 “likes.” Other photos of Landsberry can be seen here.

“It’s very unfortunate that [the life of] someone like that, who protected our country over there and came back alive … had to be taken at his work, at a school,” Sparks Mayor Geno Martini said, according to CNN.

Landsberry, a former U.S. Marine who later served in Afghanistan with the Nevada Air National Guard and held the rank of senior master sergeant, wrote on his classroom webpage: “One of my goals is to earn your respect while you earn mine. I believe that with mutual respect that the classroom environment will run smoothly.”

Chanda Landsberry said her brother-in-law loved teaching.

“He loved his schoolkids. He loved the Guard,” she said. “It defined him.”

She said he leaves behind his wife, Sharon, and two stepdaughters.

Authorities tell ABCNews that one of the wounded boys had been through surgery and the second is said to be “doing well.”

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

This entry was posted in News from NPR. Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.

 

More Stories in News from NPR

People walk on the rubble of the destroyed Mosque of The Prophet Younis, or Jonah, in Mosul. The revered Muslim shrine was destroyed on Thursday by militants who overran the city in June and imposed their harsh interpretation of Islamic law.

Video Shows Islamic State Blowing Up Iraq’s Tomb Of Jonah

The destruction of the holy site has drawn criticism from the Sunni allies of the so-called Islamic State and may cause a rift between the Sunni groups.


Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks during a news conference in Sydney, Australia, last week. Abbott has announced the deployment of 190 police to help secure the MH17 wreckage site, where 37 Australians were killed.

Australia Sending 190 Police To Secure MH17 Wreckage

The Netherlands, which lost 193 of its citizens in the shoot-down of the Malaysia Airlines flight, is also negotiating to send 40 unarmed police to the site in eastern Ukraine.


Kerry Presents Proposal For Seven-Day Truce In Gaza

Secretary of State John Kerry wants fighting to stop temporarily as Ramadan ends this weekend. Both Israel and Hamas are considering the proposal.


France Dispatches Military Unit To Site Of Air Algerie Wreck

President François Hollande said that all 116 people died and that one black box had been recovered. France’s interior minister said weather likely contributed to the crash.


Smoke and flames from an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City on Thursday.

Gaza Conflict: What To Know For Friday

Going into day 18, the fighting had claimed the lives of nearly 800 Palestinians, including those killed at a U.N. school Thursday. Israel had lost 32 soldiers and three civilians.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments