December 17, 2017

MBUSD mourns the loss of special-education teacher Sandra Casey

Manhattan Beach Middle School Teacher Sandra Casey was fatally wounded while at a concert on the Las Vegas Strip. She attended with several other MBUSD staff members.

Michael Todd

Online News Editor

Mira Costa staff attended a mandatory meeting at approximately 7:45 a.m. this morning, in order to inform the staff members about the shooting that occurred in Las Vegas last night that left one teacher in the district fatally wounded.

“The meeting was about the events that happened in Las Vegas night,” teacher James Locke said. “It was about the impact that the events had on the district and being a small district, Dr. Dale wanted the staff to know what had happened.”

Principal Dr. Ben Dale spoke on the intercom during zero period to inform the staff that there was a mandatory meeting taking place. This forced many teachers to leave their zero period classes to attend the meeting as Dale informed them that counselors are available for staff and students to talk if needed.

“When something like this happens it is nice to have this support network in place,” Locke said. “You have people to lean on and talk to about it and you never know who or what these events have impacted.”

Manhattan Beach Middle School Principal Kim Linz, teacher Debbie Dreiling, school psychologists Marjorie Questin and Emily Allen, Mira Costa High School instructional assistant Chris Willemse and Pennekamp Elementary School Principal Karina Gerger were all in attendance and were unharmed. Sandy Casey, a special-education teacher at MBMS, was also in attendance and was fatally wounded by a gunshot.

“It is terrible how people can do this to one another,” junior Sam Krohn said. “During these times we need to all come together as a community and support one another.”

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