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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. â€” One local community is still reeling with the news that one of their own was involved in the latest school shooting to hit national headlines.
Shane Schumerth, 28, was a Spanish teacher at Episcopal High School in Jacksonville, Fla. Tuesday, Schumerth was fired from his Spanish teaching position, and police say he returned to the campus where he fatally shot the head of the school, Dale Regan, in her office before shooting himself.
"We are in shock and grieve for the loss of our son, and for the family, friends and acquaintances of Headmaster Dale Regan," Steve Schumerth, of Culver, said. "Our prayers go up for them and the entire Episcopal School family. We are deeply sorry this happened."
Steve Schumerth is an instructor in the leadership department, according to Culver spokesman Doug Haberland.
Police in Florida said the details of Schumerth's dismissal have not been released. Florida police also said state records contain no mention of any disciplinary action against him, and he had no known criminal record. Schumerth also taught Spanish and history at another Florida public elementary school. He also coached the elementaryâ€™s debate team in 2010 before resigning from the school system in June. 2010. He began working at Episcopal in August 2010.
The Times-Union of Jacksonville reported that the 28-year-old teacher spent most of class time talking about fascism and politics, the only nod to the purported topic being occasional dips into Spanish history, according to students' parents.
â€śOver the last several weeks, he seemed dark,â€ť said Rob Cantrell, whose son was in Schumerth's class, the Times-Union reports. â€śHe repeatedly talked about the communist manifesto and marxism. Something wasn't right.â€ť
Schumerth earned his bachelorâ€™s degree in Spanish at Purdue University in 2007, after graduating from Culver Military Academy in 2002. Shane was the oldest of Steve and Sue Schumerth's five children.