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Student Shoots Principal, Kills Self After Disciplinary Counseling

January 24, 1995

REDLANDS, Calif. (AP) _ A 13-year-old student armed with a shotgun wounded his principal in the face, then killed himself Monday after the principal met with him over a disciplinary problem, police said.

Principal Richard Facciolo of Sacred Heart School was taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center, where he underwent surgery Monday night. His condition was not immediately available, said the Rev. Howard Lincoln, spokesman for the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

The student was John Sirola, an eighth grader who had attended Sacred Heart for at least a year, said police Sgt. Marc Tilson.

He killed himself on an outdoor walkway near the parish church, using a 12-gauge, pistol-grip shotgun.

Facciolo had counseled the student earlier in the day, said Police Chief Louis Nelson.

``The young person had left and evidently somewhere obtained a shotgun and returned and shot the principal, unfortunately in the presence of two younger children who were in the office area at the time,″ Nelson said.

Police did not know what prompted the counseling session.

``The student was evidently involved in some disciplinary counseling and they were preparing to call his parents,″ Nelson said.

The school planned to conduct classes Tuesday, but counselors would be available to meet with students, Lincoln said.

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