Tennessee High School Shootings

The principal and two vice principals of Knoxville, Tennessee area Campbell County High School in Jacksboro are in critical condition after having been shot this afternoon. The shooter is in custody.

CONTINUOUS COVERAGE: Three school administrators shot at Campbell County High School (WBIR)

Shots were fired inside the principal’s office at Campbell County High School in Jacksboro and authorities are on the scene. 10 News reporter Robin Murdoch has confirmed that three school administrators were injured in the shooting. A juvenile is in custody.

Injured were Principal Gary Seale, Asst. Principal Jim Pierce and Asst. Principal Ken Bruce. According to Campbell County Sheriff Ron McClellan, all three men suffered life threatening wounds. “These men are all fine Christian men and I am at a loss for words,” McClellan told 10 News.

The suspect is reported to be at a St. Mary’s Medical Center in LaFollette being treated for a hand injury.

The school was placed on lockdown after the shooting but students were released shortly after 3:00 p.m.

Nothing yet from Glenn Reynolds, who works and presumably lives in the area, but that should change.

Update: The alleged shooter was a student at the school.

High school shooting wounds three administrators in Jacksboro (AP)

Three administrators were shot and wounded at Campbell County High School on Tuesday, and a student was arrested, school officials said. School board member Homer Rutherford said no students were injured, but three administrators had been shot. He confirmed that a student was arrested after the shooting, which was reported about 2:30 p.m. EST.

The condition and identities of the victims weren’t immediately available. Two victims were taken by helicopter to University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, about 30 miles southeast of Jacksboro.


The high school has 1,400 students, Rutherford said.

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  1. Ronald says:

    Another reason to support school vouchers. Only in a public school controlled by the NEA terrorists could such a thing happen.

  2. Anderson says:

    Right, Ronald, if only the *NRA* were running the school, the kid would’ve been blown away before he could get off the first round.

    Sheesh. Anyone want to blame the gays next?

  3. Ronald says:

    Anyone want to blame the gays next?

    Remember Columbine? Those two kids were gay, so it wouldn’t surprise me if it were the case here. The government + unions + pushers of the homosexual agenda = tragedy.

  4. ken says:

    What happened to all the right wingers? Usually they tell us that the best solution to gun violence is more guns. Now they want to do away with gays? Are jews and gypsies next? What about gays like Cheney, Drudge, and Drier? Are they good gays?

  5. I was disappointed to see the MSM running Columbine footage during the reporting of this Campbell County tragedy. The only reason to run that during the newscast would be if the story were to be about school shootings in general. It smacked of sensationalism as well as beating the anti-gun drum.