Teacher wounded in Ariz. classroom shooting
TUCSON, Ariz. – A teacher who had received at least one threatening note in recent weeks was shot Monday while alone in her middle school classroom, and a manhunt was on for the assailant, believed to be in his late teens.
Kathy Morris, 35, was shot about 90 minutes before classes were scheduled to begin at La Cima Middle School, authorities said. She was able to call for help over a public address system in her classroom, then dialed 911, Pima County sheriff’s deputies said.
Morris was listed in guarded condition at University Medical Center late Monday. The wound was not considered life-threatening, said Deanna Coultas, a Pima County sheriff’s spokeswoman.
Morris, who teaches sixth grade science and choir, received a threatening note March 24, Coultas said. She said sheriff’s investigators were at the school looking into the matter last week but declined to elaborate. She said authorities did not know whether the threat was related to the shooting.
The school was locked at the time of the shooting and it was unclear how the gunman entered the building, she said.
Classes were canceled Monday and were expected to resume Tuesday.
Several students who know Morris expressed surprise.
”I heard about Columbine up in Colorado,” said seventh-grader Kristine Konsmo. ”I thought, ‘Oh God, that’s terrible. I hope that never happens here. And I never expected it to.”