BLACKVILLE, S.C. — A suspended student shot a teacher in the face at his high school Thursday and then killed himself with a shot to the temple. A second teacher died, although authorities were unsure whether she was shot or suffered a heart attack.
Toby R. Sincino, 16, had been expelled last school year but was back on probationary status. He was suspended again Wednesday after making an obscene gesture on a school bus and faced another expulsion.
On Thursday, he walked through a back door at Blackville-Hilda High School armed with a .32-caliber revolver. He passed two classrooms and entered a third, where he shot math teacher Johnny Thompson, 38, investigators said. Thompson was in serious but stable condition, said Rubenia Hammond, a spokeswoman for Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Sincino continued down the hall where he apparently confronted another math teacher, Phyllis Senn, 56, who was later found dead in a teachers' work room, State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Hugh Munn said. No wounds were visible on her body, and an autopsy will be conducted today to determine how she died.