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Stressed-Out Former Teacher Kills Superintendent, Then Self

February 8, 1994

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) _ A teacher who had quit because of stress shot a school superintendent dead as he reached out to shake hands, then killed himself, police said.

Larry Shelton shot Lee County Schools Superintendent James Adams, 58, five times Monday, then reloaded and shot him once more in the back of the head with a .38-caliber gun, police spokeswoman Angela Savko said.

He then left the school board building in downtown Fort Myers and shot himself in the head, Savko said.

Police were seeking a motive.

Shelton resigned from his job teaching special education at a middle school in October, district spokesman Allen Caraway said.

He recently applied for a teaching job at an elementary school in the district but the position had not been filled, Caraway said.

Shelton, 48, left a note with his girlfriend. It said, in part, ″Check out the local news tonight for a public service message.″

Schools were to open today, security as to be tightened in administration buildings and counselors were to be available to meet with teachers and students.

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