School shooting suspect faced complaints

Feb. 12, 2010 at 12:59 PM
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 12 (UPI) -- A teacher accused of wounding two coworkers at a school in Knoxville, Tenn., was the target of complaints before his alleged attack, a school official says.

Knox County Schools Superintendent Jim McIntyre said prior to Wednesday's shooting at Inskip Elementary School, teacher Mark Stephen Foster was investigated in for multiple complaints to school officials, the Knoxville (Tenn) News-Sentinel said Friday.

"We took these allegations very seriously, and we did our homework," McIntyre said. "What was found were family issues, some disputes over property lines and a few people who really didn't like Mark Foster. What was not found was any evidence of a crime or any indication that Mark Foster represented an imminent threat."

Foster, 48, is accused of shooting Inskip Principal Elisa Luna and Assistant Principal Amy Brace with a revolver after learning his teaching contract was not being renewed.

Luna, 39, remains in critical condition and Brace, 40, is in stable condition.

The News Sentinel said Foster was arrested following the shooting as is being held on more than $1 million bond on two charges of attempted first-degree murder and a charge of carrying a gun on school property.

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