Olathe East High School SRO, Assistant Principal Shot by Student
The student was also shot during the incident, which occurred in the assistant principal’s office Friday morning.
OLATHE, Kan. — An 18-year-old student is facing charges after he allegedly shot two Olathe East High School employees Friday.
Jaylon Desean Elmore, a senior at the school, has been charged with attempted capital murder in the shootings of a school resource officer (SRO) and an administrator, reports KMBC.
According to a preliminary investigation, assistant principal and athletic director Dr. Kaleb Stoppel pulled Elmore from class Friday morning and brought him to his office after receiving a tip that he had a gun in his backpack. When Elmore allegedly refused to open his bag, Stoppel called for SRO Erik Clark.
Olathe police Sergeant Joel Yeldell said the SRO then radioed dispatch just after 10:30 a.m., indicating he and Stoppel had been shot and wounded by the student. Yeldell said Clark also returned fire, injuring the suspect.
All three were taken to Overland Park Regional Medical Center. Stoppel and Clark were released from the hospital later that day. Elmore remained hospitalized and in critical condition as of Saturday.
The school was immediately placed into lockdown and students were kept in their classrooms until police could secure the building. Students were later escorted out of the building in a single file line and taken by bus to California Trail Middle School and Pioneer Trail Middle School to be reunited with their families.
A judge set Elmore’s bond at $1,000,000 cash or surety with the conditions that he remains on house arrest with GPS monitoring, does not go within 100 yards of the victims’ residences or places of employment, does not use illegal drugs or controlled substances, and must submit to testing when directed by the court.
Court records show Elmore was convicted in a Feb. 6, 2020 robbery where he stole a wallet from a person “by force or by threat of bodily harm, and did inflict bodily harm.” Since he was a juvenile, he was sentenced to six months of probation, according to The Kansas City Star.
As students returned to class Monday, alumni and other community members lined the walkway into the school, reports Fox 4. The school has counselors on hand to support students and staff. Members of the Olathe, Blue Valley and Shawnee Mission Father’s Club and therapy dogs were on hand to offer support as well.
School leaders said there will be flexibility in grading and attendance in the coming weeks.
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