Millard South re-opens; Kaspar remembered

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January 6th, 2011

Millard South re-opens

Omaha, NE – Classes resumed for Millard South High School today, after a teen gunman opened fire at the school on Wednesday.  Students said they noticed extra security this morning, in and outside of their school.  Lydia Colesheen is a junior at Millard. She said it was a difficult day.

“Personally it was really difficult, especially going into the office and seeing that her door was closed and knowing that they had re-done all the carpet and all the dry wall in there, it was really emotional.”

Colesheen was referring to the office of Dr. Vicky Kaspar, who was fatally shot by 17-year-old Robert Butler, Jr., after she suspended him just hours before. Butler also shot Principal Curtis Case, who remains hospitalized from  his injuries, before turning the gun on himself.

“When I was at lunch today, all the teachers were just looking at their watches because it was 10 till the time (it happened). Supposedly, rumors were going around, and it was weird knowing that if it was going to happen it could happen again today, it was just hard.”

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Colesheen said she didn’t know Butler, but she extended her prayers to his family.

“They are also suffering just as much because they lost someone just as… we lost Mrs. Kaspar.”

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Millard South to re-open Friday

By KVNO News Staff

Omaha, NE – Classes will resume at Millard South High School Friday, after Wednesday’s fatal shooting. Superintendent Keith Lutz addressed reporters at a news conference Thursday, and tried to assure parents their children would be safe.

“It’s a public building. It’s a school. It’s safer than the movie theater, it’s safer than the shopping mall, it’s one of the safest places, other than home, for kids to be… in the school with their peers, and with their teachers in a secure environment.”

“And I assure you,” he said, “our environments are as secure as we can make a public facility.”

Lutz was asked whether it was time to introduce metal detectors at the schools, and he appeared cold to the idea. He said that policy would impact all Millard Public Schools, effectively over 22,000 students.

 

Students streamed out of Millard South High School Wednesday afternoon, after a teen gunman opened fire (Photo Anthony Davis)

Kaspar remembered as hard worker

By KVNO News Staff

Omaha, NE – Victoria Kaspar, 58, is being remembered as a dedicated worker, who was appreciated by her students and school. Kaspar was shot at Millard South High School Wednesday by a teen gunman. She died hours later at Creighton University Medical Center. Kaspar was the Assistant Principal at Millard South, and had just suspended the suspect, Robert Butler Jr., hours before he returned and opened fire in her office.

At a press conference Thursday, Superintendent Keith Lutz said it was a profoundly sad day for the Millard school district and Omaha community.

“Doctor Kaspar was one of our extremely dedicated, consummate professionals,” he said. He described her as quiet and calm, and said she “did her job extremely, extremely well. She will be missed and certainly never forgotten.”

The family of the alleged shooter extended their sympathies to family of Kaspar, as well as the family of Principal Curtis Case, who was also shot by the suspect and seriously injured. Case remains hospitalized.

This is the family’s statement, submitted through the Omaha Police Department.

“The family of Robert Butler, Jr. extends their sympathy and prayers to the Kaspar and Case families.  At this time, there is nothing that we can do to change the outcome of the events that occurred yesterday at Millard South High School.  Our family is shocked and confused about Robert Jr.’s actions.  We want the community to know that we care deeply about the students and staff of Millard South and their families.  We thank those who have called for their support in this very difficult time.”

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