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Teachers shot in school

A teacher has been charged with shooting and wounding the principal and assistant principal at his school about an hour after children were dismissed because of snow.

Police charged Mark Stephen Foster, 48, with two counts of attempted murder after the shooting at Inskip Elementary School, Tennessee about 1pm yesterday. The school website identifies Foster as a fourth-grade teacher, so his pupils are 9-10 years old.

A former boss of Foster's said the suspect was taken into custody in the 1990s with weapons after making threatening comments about him.


University of Tennessee Medical Center officials said Principal Elisa Luna remained in critical condition and Assistant Principal Amy Brace was in stable condition last night.

"We're very saddened by this tragedy," Knox County's schools superintendent, James McIntyre Jnr, said. "Thankfully there were no students involved."

The web profile for Foster includes a picture and description that says, "I love teaching 4th grade. Every child is a winner."

Police haven't released a motive for the shooting. McIntyre said the school didn't intend to rehire Foster next term.