Student Accused of Killing Two in School Shooting
LYNNVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ When high school senior Jamie Rouse walked into school before classes, he carried a grudge against teachers along with his rifle, authorities say.
In a burst of gunfire that sent students fleeing in terror Wednesday, Rouse, 17, killed one teacher and injured another, and also killed a student who got in the way, police said.
Another student and a teacher finally wrestled Rouse to the ground and held him until police arrived at Richland High School, in this rural community about 65 miles south of Nashville.
Giles County Sheriff Eddie Bass said the boy later confessed to going to the school ``with the intention of killing teachers.″
``He was smiling,″ said fellow student George Fralix. ``I thought the gun was for drama class or something.″
Killed were Carolyn Foster, 58, a business teacher, and Diane Collins, 16. Carol Yancey, 49, a science and math teacher, was shot in the head and hospitalized in stable condition.
The teen-ager said in his statement that the bullet that killed the student was actually intended for another teacher, investigators said.
``His purpose of going in was to shoot teachers,″ said sheriff’s investigator Michael Chapman. ``The little girl just got in the way.″
The reason for his rage was not immediately clear, but Chapman noted that Rouse’s grades began deteriorating about two years ago.
Rouse, who was charged with murder and attempted murder, had 400 rounds of ammunition in his truck in addition to the bullets in his .22-caliber rifle, The Tennessean reported today.
Earlier Wednesday, relatives theorized Rouse was angry with a girl over a minor traffic accident and also angry with his girlfriend. Neither was injured in the shooting.
School officials kept the school closed today and planned to reopen it on Friday with counselors to help students and teachers deal with the trauma.