Violence in Our Schools

August 1, 1983 through July 31, 1984


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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.


Crawfordsville High School, Crawfordsville, Indiana

Friday, December 2, 1983

As students began their lunch today, Grant Carey shot Calvin Dowell four times at point blank range leaving Calvin paralyzed.  Calvin and Grant had been fighting over a girl.  Grant got the gun, a 44 magnum, from his dad's collection at home.  Grant was 17 at the time and got waived to adult court where he was sentenced to six years in prison.  At the end of August 2010, Grant was lecturing and teaching in prison ministry circles in Nashville, Tennessee. 

Source: Two Survivors of Crawfordsville High School; Visitor to this web site


Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Saturday, December 17, 1983

Su Yong Kim, a male and not a student at the university, was described as an "obsessed admirer and stalker of Young Hee Suh, a female freshman student living in the Low Rise 7 dormitory.  Tonight, the 26-year-old Su walked in through the back fire escape stairs doorway.  The door, which does have a lock on it, was always propped opened by the students.  He was carrying a rifle and went upstairs to Young's room.  When he entered the room, Young, her roommate, Erin Nieswand, also freshman, was there, as well as five other students.  He held all seven hostage briefly, and Young began pleading with him to let the five other students leave the room.  He did and that left Su, Young and Erin alone in the room, with the rifle still pointed at the girls. After 30 minutes of talking, Su fired two shots, killing both Young and Erin.  He then fled down the stairs and out the back fire escape door.  Police caught Su within two miles of the university and arrested him.

Source: The Cornell Daily Sun - Alums Recall 1983 C. U. Murders


Father Duenas Memorial (High) School, Mangilao, Guam

Wednesday, January 14, 1984

This afternoon around 2:30, a group of boys were playing basketball on the outside court at Father Duenas Memorial School.  This is an all boys Catholic school.  During the game, the students heard a firecracker-like explosion and saw one of their teammates, 15-year-old Maynard G. Sablan, fall to the ground.  At first, the students thought he had stomach cramps, but when they saw blood pouring out of his chest, they called for Principal Brother Gregory Seubert.  He called the police and then comforted Maynard as he laid on the concrete court.  Maynard was taken to the Naval Hospital where he died at 4:07 p.m.  The autopsy report stated that Maynard died from a single .22-caliber slug fired at close range.  After interviewing witnesses and collecting evidence, the Guam Police Department still hasn't solved Maynard's murder.

Source: Pacific Daily News - Police Make Progress in FD Shooting (published 1-3-07)


Forty-ninth Street Elementary School, Los Angeles, California

Friday, February 24, 1984

Tyrone Mitchell opened fire on the playground of this elementary school on Friday.  His rampage killed Shala Eubanks, injured Albert Jones, Anna Anaya-Gonzales, Steve Gomez, Carlos Gomez and six other students, ages 8 to 11.   Tyrone fled to a nearby house then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide.  Tyrone was also a heavy drug user.

THOSE WHO DIED:

Shala Eubanks, 10

killer Tyrone Mitchell, 28

THE INJURED:

Anna Anaya-Gonzales, 8

Steve Gomez, 9

Carlos Gomez, 24

Albert Jones, 50

6 other students


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