Violence in Our Schools
August 1, 1981 through July 31, 1982
To report a threat of school violence before the instigator has a chance to act on his/her intentions, please contact Speak Up at 1-866-SPEAKUP (that is 1-866-773-2587)
I would like to thank all of the Survivors and others who have contacted me with information about school violence. I do appreciate the help, for, without their help, several of these occurrences would not be here.
One other thing I would like to ask of those who read over this list of tragedies is this: If you can provide me with any more details of any of these incidents, I would greatly appreciate the information. Or, if you know of another violent act at a school that is not on this list, please forward that information to me as well. The link to my e-mail is above.
High School, Greenville, South Carolina
Friday, October 2, 1981
This morning as he showed a film to class, teacher Henry Chiariello was stabbed to death by co-ed Jewel Garrett for an unknown reason. Henry, a wrestling coach at the school, turned 30 today, his last day on earth. Jewel was found guilty of murder and has spent 26 years in the Camille Griffin Graham maximum security prison for women in Columbia. Henry's brother, Tony, is writing a book about his brother's murder, a black teenage girl. Henry and his brother are both white.
Source: The Greenville News - Brother of Slain Teacher Still Searching for Answers (published 10-17-08)
Valley High School, Las Vegas, Nevada
Friday, March 19, 1982
For twelve years, Patrick Lizotte was bullied, taunted, teased, picked on and physically and verbally tormented by his classmates, and even worse, some of his teachers. School was not the safe haven it was supposed to be for Patrick. An English teacher at Valley High cautioned her students that if they continue "to ride" Patrick he eventually was not going to take it anymore and then he would do something that was going to make everyone sorry. In the early 1980's, teachers never received any training in conflict prevention, conflict management or conflict resolution like they do today. One of Patrick's upcoming assignments was a public speaking assignment in his second-period government class taught by Gary Caudill. The assignment would count as 1/3 of each student's grade and need to be at least 30 minutes long. Very few of Mr. Caudill's students looked forward to their turn, which was at Mr. Caudill's discretion as he gave each student a one day notice. On Thursday, when Mr. Caudill told Patrick that he would be giving his presentation on Friday, Patrick was heard to have said under his breath, "We'll see about that." Patrick tried to talk Mr. Caudill to cancel the assignment, but Mr. Caudill stayed true to his lesson plan. This morning 17-year-old Patrick Lizotte had finally had enough. He walked into his psychology classroom (room 241) and set his books on a table near the door. Two females were sitting at the table, which was Patrick's assigned seat, and LaTonya Hampton asked him if he wanted them to move. "No, I won't be needing it today," he replied. LaTonya and Melanie Bruce resumed their conversation while Patrick pulled out a .22-caliber Sturm/Ruger single six, long-barrel revolver from his green army jacket. He called his teacher's name, Mr. Clarence Piggot, to get his attention as he was at the lectern talking with another student. Mr. Piggot was a much-loved teacher by all of the students at Valley High School. His classroom was always full of students before and after classes who tremendously enjoyed his ability to teach. Mr. Piggot, 55, turned to face Patrick. "No. No. Come on Pat, don't do it," Mr. Piggot said with a half smile and stretching out his palm to stop the young instigator. Patrick fired one shot into Mr. Piggot, who staggered two steps backward, slumped against the blackboard and collapsed to the floor. Patrick also wounded two other 17-year-old students (one being Jose Garcia) during his brief rampage. Patrick holstered his gun and left the room and continued out of the building, where he brushed by fellow student Robin Brennan. "Well, that takes care of that," she heard him say. The school went into lockdown as police and paramedics arrived. Students who were in at least one classroom could see the paramedics put Mr. Piggot's body into the ambulance and drive off without the lights or sirens on. Patrick was arrested nearby and tried the following year for murdering Clarence Piggot. The next day, things were back to normal with no counselors made available for the students or teachers.
Source: A Survivor of Valley High School; a visitor to this website; Teaching With an Ethic of Care - a paper written by a professor at Viterbo University
Garland County Community College, Hot Springs, Arkansas
Monday, April 5, 1982
Donald Schamp joined the Army in 1965 and became a helicopter pilot. He was shot down five times behind enemy lines in the Vietnam War. After he left the service, he enrolled at Garland County Community College to obtain a business administration major. William "Buddy" Putman dedicated his work day, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., to teaching business students. It was a job he truly loved. This morning around 11:15 these two men had their dreams shattered when 25-year-old Kelvin Love, a full time student at GCCC pulled out a .357 Magnum handgun and shot Donald in the head. He then shot Buddy in the head as well. Donald died in the computer programming classroom ten minutes after being shot. Kelvin then grabbed 19-year-old co-ed Carrie Loy and held her hostage as he made his way out of the school. He had one arm around the front of her shoulders, and his other hand held the gun to her ribs. They went out to her 1976 silver Mercury Cougar, and he drove them west on Highway 270, heading toward Mena. EMTs arrived at GCCC and took Buddy to Ouachita Memorial Hospital where he died at 1:15 p.m. Sheriff deputies and state troopers began chasing Kelvin and Carrie, reaching speeds of 80 miles per hour. Authorities set up a road block at the intersection of Highways 71 and 88, near the town of Hatfield, about 20 miles south of Mena. Kelvin drove through the escape path of the road and struck one of the police cars. This collision shredded the Cougar's front tire on the passenger side. Police then opened fire on the car's radiator and brought the car to a smoking halt. Polk County Sheriff Al Hadaway used a speaker to negotiate with Kelvin on his options. There were only two: 1) release Carrie and surrender or 2) harm Carrie and be killed by the police. Kelvin spent the next 20 minutes verifying his safety before throwing the .357 Magnum out the window, followed by a knife. He was then arrested and taken back to Hot Springs. He was charged with two counts of capital felony murder and one count of kidnapping. On Friday, September 3, 1982, a jury found Kelvin guilty of capital murder and sentenced him to life in prison without parole. Garland County Community College is now known as National Park Community College.
In August 2008 I received an email from Craig 'Lumpy' Lemke, NREMT-Paramedic (retired). He was one of the EMT's in the ambulance that took Buddy to the Ouachita Memorial Hospital. He allowed me to post his story and contact information below. This is what he experienced that day at Garland County Community College:
We were not Paramedics yet in Garland County. I worked for the Hot Springs/Garland County Ambulance Service. That was a city/county administered service. We were at the EMT basic level at that point in Arkansas, not yet at the more advanced paramedic level. Coincidently, the year after Buddy's death, GCCC started a Paramedic training program. I was in the first class to graduate from that program along with John Dodd, the current director of the Paramedic program there at the college. On the day and time of the shooting, I was in quarters at the ambulance station at 525 Broadway, which was at that time, next door to Ouachita Memorial Hospital. When the call came in, the dispatcher, Mr. James "Red" Hughes, took the information and then verbally told us "there's been a shooting at the Community College." I responded along with Lt. Rick Albaugh and EMT Mike Osborne, all in the same ambulance. Lt Albaugh was driving the ambulance. Mike Osborne and I were the technicians who would work on any patients. On arrival, we pulled into the center courtyard of the college, up to within a few feet of the front door of where the shooting had occurred. We were directed to the location by deputies from the Garland County Sheriff's Department. To my recollection, Sgt. Jay Sexton was the deputy in charge at the scene. We went inside and found several students huddled into one end of the classroom, looking obviously shaken. On scene already was the Garland County Coroner, Gary Thomas. It was not unusual for Gary to arrive on scene and sometimes ahead of the ambulance. He was typically mobile and would respond with any police/sheriff/ambulance calls from the field. Coroner Thomas directed us to an office, adjoining the classroom. That office was where Buddy was located. Someone in that room, a bystander I believe, was doing CPR on Buddy. Coroner Thomas told us to disregard the 2nd patient (later disclosed to be Donald Schamp). Thomas told us Buddy had a better chance of being resuscitated as Schamp had received more massive gunshot trauma. We quickly assessed Buddy Putman. Lt Albaugh listened to Buddy's chest with his stethoscope and told us "no heart tones." We loaded Buddy onto our ambulance gurney, continued CPR and ventilations (via a Robertshaw demand valve oxygen supply) and began to move toward the exit and subsequently the ambulance. On the way out, Coroner Thomas appeared to be in charge of the scene, directing people not to disturb evidence, etc. Lt Albaugh said to Thomas "Gary, there's no heart tones." Thomas replied, "Work him anyway." Albaugh replied back "We will, I just wanted you to know for your report." I remember that verbal exchange between Thomas and Albaugh very well. We continued CPR and ventilations during transport to the hospital. There was never any change in Buddy's status. He was pulseless and apneic from the moment we first reached him at the college, and throughout our contact with him during transport and handover to the ER at Ouachita Memorial Hospital. I seem to recall the ER physician in charge to be Dr. Les Nolan. The hospital continued CPR and other advanced measures. During the time we were cleaning up at the hospital, and retrieving our ambulance equipment, I never saw any change in Buddy's status there in the ER either. The official EMS documents may be available from the Arkansas Dept of Health.
Donald Schamp, 34
Source: The (Hot Springs) Sentinel-Record - Gunman Slays Two in Classroom; The (Hot Springs) Sentinel-Record - Deaths Seem Senseless; The (Hot Springs) Sentinel-Record - Love Sentenced to Life Without Parole; EMT Craig 'Lumpy' Lemke
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
Friday, July 2, 1982
Taking the familiar route home from the restaurant where she worked, Donna Mraz, 23, encountered a stranger on the north side of Camp Randall Stadium. There was a struggle, and she was repeatedly stabbed. Residents of several nearby apartments heard her screams and rushed to help. She was taken to University Hospital where she died two hours later. Her murderer has yet to be caught.
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