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2 schools in St. Louis will remain closed 1 week after teacher and student die in shooting


Two schools in St. Louis will remain closed this week, just days after a 19-year-old gunman broke onto campus and began shooting, ultimately leaving a 15-year-old student and a teacher dead.

Central Visual and Performing Arts High School — where filming took place — and Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience will be closed all week, according to a news release from St. Louis Public Schools. Both schools are within walking distance of each other.

“More information on the restart of both schools will follow,” the district statement read. “In the meantime, in-person and online counseling resources are being made available to staff, students and families across the district. This announcement concerns only CVPA and CSMB. All other district schools are open.

The continued school closure comes nearly a week after Orlando Harris shot and killed two people and injured several others on October 24. another devastating moment in the growing reality of gun violence against students and educators.

Harris was armed with a high-powered firearm and had an arsenal of over 600 rounds and more than a dozen high-capacity magazines when he broke into the school and opened fire in the corridors. Harris graduated from Central Visual and Performing Arts High School in 2021.

Harris was pronounced dead at a local hospital after a shootout with officers who arrived minutes after the shooting, St. Louis police said last week.

The firearm used in the shooting was purchased legally from a private seller, police said. When Harris first tried to buy a gun from an authorized dealer, FBI background checks blocked the sale, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Sgt. said Charles Wall last week. But Harris could still legally purchase the rifle from an individual who purchased the gun from an authorized dealer in 2020, Wall said.

On the day of the shooting, students and teachers rushed to lock and barricade doors and take cover as Harris continued his rampage, shooting and killing talented 15-year-old Alexandria Bell and the well-behaved teacher. -loved Jean Kuczka, 61, and injuring several others.

Kuczka’s funeral is scheduled for Monday at Kurtis Funeral Home in Affton, Missouri. Alexandria’s funeral is scheduled for Nov. 5 at Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church in Berkeley, Missouri.


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