Two Killed in School Shooting at a High School In St. Louis

Amy-Grace Shapiro, Online-Co-Editor-in-Chief

On Oct. 24, a teen and adult were killed in a shooting at Central Visual Performing Arts High School in St. Louis, MO. Officers arrived at the school four minutes after the initial 911 call and it took authorities eight minutes to find the gunman. After a two-minute direct gun battle with police, officials were able to take him down, and he later died in a hospital. Reports later said the gunman had carried a “long gun” with multiple high-capacity magazines.

Before shooting a 16-year-old student and 61-year-old health teacher, Jean Kucxka, the armed 19-year-old former student broke into the high school shouting, “You are all going to die!” according to the Associated Press. Seven other teenagers were wounded and sent to the hospital, however, are all in stable condition.  

The high school went into “drill mode” once the first round of gunshots emerged after 9 a.m. local time and 10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. 

Monday’s incident was the 40 school shooting this year resulting in injuries or death, according to a tally by Education Week — the most in any year since it began recording in 2018. The deadly attacks include the killings at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, in May, when 19 children and two teachers died. Monday’s shooting happened on the same day a Michigan teenager pleaded guilty to terrorism and first-degree murder in a school shooting that killed four students in December 2021.