With the Chalk Still in Her Hand – Leona Caires

cairesOn Feb. 2, 1996 a student gunman entered Frontier Middle School in Moses Lake, Wash and killed two classmates and his algebra teacher. The gunman carried enough ammunition to kill everyone in the room. He first killed Manuel Vela, 14, a classmate who had reportedly made fun of him. Arnold Fritz, 14, was next, killed by a bullet to his chest. The shooter took his last shot at the teacher, Leona Caires, mother of four, as she wrote a problem on the blackboard. She fell dead with the eraser and chalk still in her hands before he was tackled to the ground.

To help honor Leona Caires


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