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Student Kills Classmate, Self in Seventh-Grade History Class

March 2, 1987

DeKALB, Mo. (AP) _ A student in a seventh-grade history class today pulled out a handgun and shot to death a classmate, then killed himself, police said.

The youth, a student at DeKalb High School, drew the gun during class, about 8:25 a.m., and fired one shot that fatally wounded a fellow student before shooting himself, said state police Trooper B.T. Deshler.

″It was just a shock. You never expect anything like this to happen in a small community,″ school Superintendent Bob Couldry said by telephone from this northwest Missouri town of 250 people.

The dead boys were identified as Timothy Perrin, 13, of Rushville, and Nathan D. Faris, 12, of Rushville.

Authorities did not say who fired the weapon, described as a .45-caliber pistol, and Deshler said no motive had been established.

Asked to describe the shooting which occurred in the building where his office is located, Couldry said: ″I heard shots fired. I was in the bookkeeper’s office. I went up the hall and we saw what had taken place. ... The principal told all teachers to keep their doors locked.

″I saw some blood on the floor. I thought at first someone, a student, was shooting firecrackers. But when I looked in the room, I saw one student on the floor. Then I knew there had been a shooting,″ he said.

″The one who had done the shooting was down in the social studies room. The other boy ran to another classroom for help,″ he added.

Couldry said he ran back to his office to notify authorities when he saw one body on the floor but was not sure what had happened until ″three or four junior high girls came into the office and told me what had taken place. That relieved some of the pressure because then we knew there wasn’t somebody running around in the building with a weapon.″

The superintendent said he had no idea what prompted the shooting. Classes were dismissed for the rest of the day.

There were about a dozen students in the classroom where the shooting took place and about 250 youngsters in the building.

DeKalb is located 10 miles southwest of St. Joseph.

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