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Teacher Shot and Killed at Tacoma, Wash., School

Society & Culture  (tags: teacher, shot dead, at School, protection, order )

- 3344 days ago -
TACOMA, Wash. - A man shot and killed a special education teacher as she walked into her Tacoma, Wash., school Friday, shortly before students began arriving for school.


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Paula B (6)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 3:48 am

Nichole L (69)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 7:15 am
My condolences to the parents and friends of this young woman.

Constance Dabel (0)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 7:43 am
This really hits too close to home as my sister is a kindergarten teacher. I sent her a copy of the article so maybe she is more careful.
My deepest sympathy to the family.

N. D (15)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 7:52 am
how sad ...

Linda J (0)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 7:53 am

Jeff W (38)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 7:54 am
The writing was on the wall 2 or 3years earlier, when he was being a nuisance, stalking her!... She became his victim after ignoring his infatuation with her. It may have saved her life if she had discussed her predicament, (of this guy acting weird) with a third party for advice!...

linda b (186)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 8:19 am
So sad, my thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 8:39 am
horrible! my thoughts are with her family and friends

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 12:54 pm
It's too bad this kind of thing isn't taken more seriously until it is too late.

Terri H (11)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 1:11 pm
If this man was in the military, they should have seen that something was wrong with him and done something about it. BUT, now it is too late. This was something that was going on for years. That is why the law inforcement should have done something.GOD BLESS her family. REST IN PEACE.

Natasha S (3)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 1:34 pm
It's about time that the police took this kind of thing far more seriously than they do. Always leaves me wondering if they don't take the victim seriously before hand because they think, as a woman, they're just being neurotic. This is utterly inexcusable. Even just reading this article, it's probably very clear to many of us that this teacher might very well have been in mortal danger. The time to take action is not when the vicitm is already dead! COME ON!!

Mary D (64)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 2:13 pm
Good lord This is scary.. I don't live all that far from Tacoma. My son talked me into leaving California to live in Washington because it was a lot safer - at least, that was one reason. Thankfully, I don't know very many people here - and no one is likely to get obsessed with me! I'm a grandmother! Where do these crazies come from?

Beth P (32)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 2:50 pm
Stalkers are dangerous! When are Police going to get that? And lawmakers too. People need more legal protection from stalkers.

Aurelia G (3)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 2:58 pm
Mary D - just know that no where is truly safe today, especially with mentally deranged people roaming the streets, and it makes no difference what your age is any longer. I am an older grandmother also, but I still pay very close attention to others when I am out in public - you just never know what others are capable of doing, or who they wish to do it to!

From the way this story reads this lady did everything she could to help protect herself, but unfortunately it didn't work, or as some others have stated, no one took her seriously enough? And, for the National Guard - they released him on a dishonorable discharge - although there are no details on what precipitated that move on their part. It would be very interesting to know why, and if they felt he was a threat to anyone?

My condolences to this lovely and caring lady's family, friends and students. This is undoubtedly a great loss to them.

At least, with the policeman killing him in the shootout, he won't be taking up space in our penal system waiting for a date for release, while using OUR TAX DOLLARS, then being released, to do this again to someone else he becomes fixated on!!!

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 3:38 pm
Sounds like a sweet caring woman, all those years she put up with this tension... My sympathies to her family, they must be hurting so much... it's wrong that someone has to die for something to be done... well at lease he Won't be hurting anyone else.

pam M (98)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 3:43 pm
Our judicial system is the worst. Stalking is not taken seriously many more women and men have to die by the hands of stalkers, before this crime is taken seriously? Even if he is let go put a tracking bracelet on the moron, and ensure he stays away from the victim as mandated by harassment documents. At least track him, these persons are never cured just abated, until the knuckle dragger is released to stalk his prey til its death. What a travesty!!! My thoughts and condolences to the victim, her family, friends, class and co-workers.

Rhonda B (7)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 7:12 pm
To the colleagues, students, friends, and family of this teacher: be it known that every special educator in America feels for you all. Special Education as been a family for decades, since the education of children with disabilities was first required by the federal government in 1975. When one of us is hurt, we all hurt whether it is one of us or one of our students who is abused. We are the ones who take the kids no one else wants, cares to teach, or knows how to teach. And we teach them. They say our kids can't learn. But we teach them. We are maligned, called baby sitters and day care workers. We teach "those children" and they learn. We are family. WE ARE SPECIAL EDUCATION. We love you.

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 11:51 pm
All stalking should be taken seriously. Often the police can do nothing- but if detailed records are kept then if the stalking activity get's worse it will be easy to see.
Poor woman. My heart goes out to the ones that love her.

Jere W (9)
Sunday February 28, 2010, 5:03 am
Noted with such sadness.

. (0)
Sunday February 28, 2010, 5:05 am
OMG, it's hard to be a teacher !How sad!

Talyn K. (0)
Sunday February 28, 2010, 8:37 pm

Seth E (82)
Tuesday March 2, 2010, 5:15 pm
There certainly should have been a more proactive effort on the part of the justice system to prevent this severe an escalation of action from an obvious stalker with violent tendencies.

If Waits was released on bail, then the judge who allowed bail should be severely reprimanded and possibly even charged with manslaughter for leaving Jennifer in harm's way.

If there's any silver lining to the story, it's that Waits will not need to be tried and imprisoned as he was clearly incapable of rehabilitation, and if he ever again saw the light of day, he might have ended up similarly victimizing others.
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