Friday, October 25, 2013
SPARKS, Nev. — As they try to understand what prompted a 12-year-old boy to open fire at his school, district officials were examining an anti-bullying video that includes a dramatization of a child taking a gun on a school bus to scare aggressors.
The video, which uses the scene as an illustration of the wrong way to respond, was being studied as students and faculty members prepared to return to Sparks Middle School, where a boy fatally shot a teacher, Michael Landsberry, 45, wounded two classmates and killed himself Monday.
Sparks city spokesman Adam R. Mayberry identified the shooter Thursday as Jose Reyes.
Washoe County School District spokeswoman Victoria Campbell said school officials were examining the video but couldn’t comment because it’s part of the broader investigation into the shooting just outside the school building about 5 miles northeast of downtown Reno.
Reno’s KRNV-TV reported that some students said they watched the video, entitled “Bully,” earlier this month. The station has broadcast excerpts.