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Teacher Shot, Wounded in Her Classroom

April 11, 2000|From Associated Press

TUCSON — A teacher who had been receiving threatening notes for several weeks was shot and wounded Monday morning in her classroom at a Tucson-area middle school.

School and sheriff's officials said the injury was not considered life-threatening, but did not elaborate. Television station KVOA reported the teacher, Kathy Morris, had been shot in the shoulder.

Morris, a sixth-grade teacher at La Cima Middle School, was listed in guarded condition at University Medical Center.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Deputy Deanna Coultas said the teacher had been preparing for a staff meeting when she excused herself and returned to her classroom. Morris reported the shooting herself.

Coultas said Morris had been receiving threatening notes but had no details.

The Sheriff's Department was looking for a man thought to be around 19 years old with a shaved head, Coultas said. They were also investigating the possibility that the teacher knew the gunman, she said.

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