Focusing on lessons learned from Active Shooter Attacks

Week 8 – January 30, 2020

Eugene Segro

On April 25, 2003, a 14-year-old gunman pulled out a .44-caliber Magnum in a packed cafeteria at the Red Lion Area Junior High School in Pennsylvania and shot and killed Principal Eugene Segro. Mr. Segro had been the principal at the Junior High for seven years and was the assistant principal for the previous eight years. Having been at that school collectively for 15 years the faculty and students knew Segro very well. He was described as always having a positive attitude and was well liked. His staff held him in high regard and the entire school was shocked by the actions of the gunman. It is unknown why Eugene Segro became a target that morning.

Expert Advice of the Week: Shooter Attack Certification™

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Unknown Shooting of the Week
Lindhurst High School

Lesson Learned from the Lindhurst Tragedy

In May of 1992 Lindhurst High School in Olivehurst, CA, was attacked by a former student who shot and killed three students and one teacher. The attacker arrived on campus with two weapons which include a 12-gauge shotgun and a sawed-off .22 caliber rifle.  He then proceeded to enter the school without any resistance. After killing several people in the hallway, the shooter entered a classroom of about 30 students with the intention of holding them hostage. The attacker ordered one of the students to bring more people into the classroom and throughout his eight-hour standoff with police he was able to obtain about 80 hostages. When the attacker finally surrendered to police, he made it known that he was upset about losing his job.  He said that he lost his job because he failed to graduate from high school and he intentionally killed his former civics teacher for failing him when he was in school. The attacker was able to freely move through the school and take people hostage. The district lacked layers of protection to slow down the attack.

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