Honoring a True Hero: Slain Nevada teacher, Michael Landsberry, ‘put his life on the line’

Posted on October 22, 2013




Note from Professor Beekun:  Thank you for your service to our country and to the children under your care.  You made the ultimate sacrifice to protect them from the shooter with a gun, and will never be forgotten.  God Bless, and rest in peace, Mr. Michael Landsberry.


The Nevada teacher credited with shielding students from a pistol-wielding classmate was a Marine veteran who survived distant battlefields but died on a school playground.

Michael Landsberry, a 45-year-old math teacher at Sparks Middle School, was gunned down Monday by a 12-year-old student with a semiautomatic pistol. The shooter, whose identity has not been released, also wounded two 12-year-old students before turning his weapon on himself. The entire tragedy unfolded in a mere three minutes.

Reggie Landsberry said his brother Michael, like their father a former Marine, probably was trying to talk the boy out of shooting.

A witness told the Reno Gazette-Journal that Michael Landsberry stepped in as the situation unfolded. “That was the kind of person that Michael was,” Reggie Landsberry said. “He was the kind of person that if somebody needed help he would be there.”

A student who witnessed the shooting said Michael Landsberry was trying to make the boy put his weapon down. He did not. “He took the shot right then and there.” [Please click here to read the whole story.]

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