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Tribune photo -- Washoe County School District Police Chief Mike Mieras speaks Wednesday about school safety and emergency management procedures in Sparks in the aftermath of Monday's deadly shooting.
Tribune photo -- Washoe County School District Police Chief Mike Mieras speaks Wednesday about school safety and emergency management procedures in Sparks in the aftermath of Monday's deadly shooting.
Mason Davis was identified as one of the two 12-year-olds wounded in Monday's shooting at Sparks Middle School when his mother, Jenifer, spoke to the media Wednesday afternoon at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno where both boys are recovering.

The family of the second wounded student did not reveal a name.

"We are happy he is on the road to recovery and doing well," Jenifer Davis said, adding that her son was shot in the abdomen and the bullet exited through his back. "He is in good spirits, although saddened by the loss of his friend, Mr. (Michael) Landsberry."

Jenifer Davis said the family spoke to others who were at the scene Monday who reiterated Mason's attempt to "intervene" once Landsberry, who died at the scene from a gun shot to the chest area, was hit. Jenifer said her son was "trying to help" the 45-year-old math teacher.

"We do not believe he was in any way the target in this shooting," she said.

The unknown second student was also doing well, according to his parent in a written statement, after being shot through the shoulder Monday. She said the boy was saddened by the loss of his teacher and expressed his sympathy for the Landsberry family.

"He has accepted what has happened to him and is getting stronger with each passing day," the statement read. "We do not believe our son was a target in this shooting."

The parents requested privacy for the family while their son "is focusing on getting well."

Upon Mason's recovery, Jenifer said she will be addressing "issues around gun safety" in the community in hopes preventing another a similar situation in the future.

Washoe County School District Police Chief Mike Mieras addressed school safety Wednesday afternoon in Sparks, highlighting that schools in the district are safe despite Monday's fatal shooting at Sparks Middle School.

Mieras said the emergency protocol put in place at all schools in the district worked well in Monday's events and he applauded the students and staff members who reacted quickly under pressure.

"During this incident the procedures that were in place in that school, those teachers and that staff did exactly what they were trained to do and did the proper steps along the lines of emergency management," Mieras said. "We have done trainings in emergency management at that school in the past and we have been very proactive about that."

Mieras acknowledged that the WCSD police force, now in its 40th year, has fallen victim to budget and staffing challenges being experienced district wide. He said 38 sworn officers, including himself, manage the safety of 93 schools and more than 100 sites throughout the district, including bus stops, satellite locations and more.

"Can you always have enough officers? No. I would love to have more officers, but we have to worry about doing the best we can with the staff we have," Mieras said. "The WCSD has been very proactive in having a police department. We are a very busy department, but my approach has been being professional and being proactive in keeping our schools safe."

Mieras said despite the staffing deficits, the schools in WCSD are safe and he said his staff treats the schools as the students' second home. He said the police and emergency management staff will be breaking down the events to discuss any changes to the system.

"With this situation, as with any situation like this that occurs across the nation, we will sit down and look at what went well, what didn't go well and where we need to improve and make changes," Mieras said. "We are also involved in new school design to ensure things like single point of entry and gated entrances are worked into the plans."
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October 24, 2013
A good time to look at the States "CAP" law Child access Prevention law to see if it needs upgrading. If the parents will or will not be charged for allowing the boy to find and use that gun will depend on the wording of the law. The NRA has been very up front in opposing CAP laws in all states. In Florida they created Eddie Eagle and a substitute for the Florida Cap law as they claimed it would "gun proof" the child and a CAP law would not be needed as CAP laws just made every gun owner a potential criminal.
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