High School Shooting Kills One Administrator

11-8-05 - A student shot and killed an assistant principal and seriously wounded two other administrators Tuesday at Campbell County High School, a state education official said.

Assistant Principal Ken Bruce was fatally wounded, according to state Education Department spokeswoman Rachel Woods.

Principal Gary Seale, who was shot while trying to take the student into custody, was in serious condition, and Assistant Principal Jim Pierce was in critical condition at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, hospital spokeswoman Lisa McNeal said.

The student was arrested, but no motive was known, Campbell County Sheriff Ron McClellan told WVLT television.

"We don't know yet. I have the individual at the hospital," McClellan said in a television interview. "These men are all fine Christian men, and I am at a loss for words."

No students were injured, Campbell County Board of Education co-chairman Homer Rutherford said.

"It's saddening. There has been nothing this drastic in the time I've been on the board," said Rutherford, who has served nine years on the school board.

The school was locked down after the shooting.

"There's traffic everywhere, and there are people running up and down the road," said Roger Wallace, a driver at a pizza restaurant near the school. "There's at least 300 to 400 people. You can't see the end of the traffic."

Wallace said he saw the students being evacuated from the high school and loaded onto buses.

"They are searching each student as they are getting on the buses," he said.

Campbell County emergency dispatcher Jennifer Burns said Jacksboro, Jellico and LaFollette police, as well as the Campbell County Sheriff's Department and several emergency medical agencies responded to the call at the high school.

Tuesday's shooting is the second fatal shooting of a school employee in Tennessee this year.

Stewart County school bus driver Joyce Gregory, 47, was killed as she stopped to pick up a student on her route on March 1. Jason Clinard, 15, is charged with murder in the case and will be tried as an adult.