A middle school in northern Nevada is closed today after reports of a shooting came flooding in; police say a suspect has been "neutralized", but have not released any details yet concerning who was shot or how many injuries there are.
Parents have been urged to stay away from Sparks Middle School as it is an active crime scene; students have been evacuated from the middle school and adjascent Agnes Risley Elementary to Sparks High School, where they can be picked up.
School shootings have become more and more common since the Columbine tragedy, and although many schools have put safety measures in place--such as metal detectors and on-site security--the violence hasn't seen an end. Last December, 26 people were killed when Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut and opened fire. Since then, the parents and families of the victims have called for stricter gun laws, particularly on assault weapons, but it is still a hot issue for most states.
The Sparks shooting is still being updated; we will release new information as soon as it is available.
I hope everyone is ok at Sparks Middle School in Reno. Terrible to hear about a school shooting. Thoughts are with them!
— Darby E (@Renodarb7) October 21, 2013
Thoughts and prayers going out to the victims of Sparks Middle School shooting in Nevada :'(
— Evan $atterley (@Evanlutionary) October 21, 2013
Thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the Sparks Middle School shooting. It's sad when kids can't even feel safe at school.
— ♛ Wendrah ♛ (@winnie_mouse) October 21, 2013
Victims and families of the Sparks Middle School shooting are in my thoughts. Nobody likes to think that tragedy will strike their hometown.
— Sami Edge (@sami_edge) October 21, 2013