Police: Student, assistant principal dead after Nebraska school shooting
Millard South High School Principal Curtis Case and Assistant Principal Vicki Kaspar were shot Wednesday.
January 5th, 2011
10:20 PM ET

Police: Student, assistant principal dead after Nebraska school shooting

[Updated at 10:18 p.m. ET] Millard South High School Assistant Principal Vicki Kaspar was pronounced dead at Creighton University hospital Wednesday night, Omaha Police Department Officer Michael Pecha said.

[Updated at 6:20 p.m. ET] An Omaha, Nebraska, high school senior shot his principal and an assistant principal Wednesday before police found him dead in his car, Omaha Police Chief Alex Hayes said.

Principal Curtis Case and Assistant Principal Vicki Kaspar were wounded in the shooting at Millard South High School, Hayes said.

Case is in serious but stable condition, and Kaspar is in critical condition, he said. Both are being treated at Creighton University Medical Center.

Hayes identified the suspect as Robert Butler Jr., the son of an Omaha Police Department detective.

CNN affiliate KETV reported that Butler posted the following statement on his Facebook page on Wednesday:

"Everybody that used to know me, I'm sorry, but Omaha changed me and (expletive) me up and the school I now attend is even worse. You are going to hear about the evil (expletive) I did, but that (expletive) school drove me to this. I want you guys to remember me for who I was before this. I know I greatly affected the lives of the families I ruined, but I'm sorry. Goodbye."

Lincoln Public Schools officials said Butler was enrolled at Lincoln Southwest High School last fall, but transferred to Millard South recently, KETV reported.

All the schools in the Millard School District were placed on lockdown after the shootings, but the lockdown has been ended, Omaha police spokesman Jacob Bettin said.

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  1. Lauren

    You spell Millard wrong.

    January 5, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • clos

      "spell" or "spelled"?

      January 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • herbie

      Clos, you mean spelt

      January 5, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikeB

      Herbie, there is no such word "spelt." Clos was correct. It's "spelled."

      January 5, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fiz

      'spelt" is british english while 'spelled' is American english. we all know that British english is the original. people need to learn real english (british english that is)

      January 5, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      Splet.. luuuusers.. iddiuts... what have you.. Get a life..

      January 5, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • geez

      it's "spelled" in British English as well u losers!

      January 5, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kris

      LOL, I like how Doug sits around and critiques everyone elses posts and tells them to "get a life" all in the same breath (comment). Throw some more stones sinner

      January 5, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • James the Aithiest.

      Who gives a crap how it's spelled. English was Anglish and the entire language is not merely one but many dialects from various predominant Germanic tribes. There are so many inconsistencies because of this that arguing spelling or grammar is pointless. This follows suit with Ebonics. In the end, fret not for the only ones who truly care are the elitist acute like myself.

      January 5, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ecoherbalism

      OMG seriously? Spelling really shouldn't matter as long as you know what someone is trying to say. Dont comment on someones spelling, you tubers don't even do that anymore.

      January 5, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • April

      "Spelt" can be accepted as a past tense for "spell." "Spelled" is much more common in the US. "Spelt" is also a kind of wheat. But seriously, it is so easy to leave of the "ed" on a word by mistake if you are typing in a hurry. Let's try and remember that someone has died, two others are hospitalized, and lots of families went through a nightmare today.

      January 5, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |

      @ JAMES....so......what is an Aithiest? And does anyone find you acute?

      January 5, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • deriuqer

      spelt: a past tense and past participle of spell...

      January 5, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      To John (who can't even spell his own username correctly): Here's the reason it's important to learn how to spell correctly and employ the fundamentals of basic grammar: The rest of us will be able to understand what an illiterate fool (that's you, John) is trying to say.

      January 5, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • callen

      Lauren, you need to leern how to spel.

      January 5, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zee

      Are we really gonna argue about spelling when something as tragic as this just happened? I live in Omaha and know a lot of people being affected by this. Grow up, people.

      January 5, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • RoosteR

      hmm, wonder if they will investigate what drove him to this, instead of just closing the case. There has to be a reason; there is always a reason.

      January 5, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatnext

      I put a spell on you.

      January 5, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • CJ

      Isn't it spelded?

      January 5, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • frontgate

      spelt? ha,ha,ha, what language? Ancient english?

      January 5, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. andre

    It should read Millard Public School District, not Mallard.

    January 5, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Eric


    January 5, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. clos

    Do you mean "spelled"?

    January 5, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |

      No I thingk they ment spilled as in "I spilled it rongh"

      January 5, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Gayle O.

    The school is Millard South High School – not Mallard.

    The suspect was a senior at the high school and walked into the school's front offices during the lunch hour and shot 2 people. One of the victims is Principal Curtis Case.

    The suspect was found in dead in his still running car with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

    January 5, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ohhhhhhh

      lol you gave more good info than the article

      January 5, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |

      WOW – you did a better job reporting than any of the major networks (I don't include FOX)

      January 5, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • zort narf

      that's fascinating because he clearly knew he was going to kill himself, yet he kept the car running so he wouldn't get cold. absolutely fascinating.

      January 5, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Busted

      I just checked Fox, you did a better job reporting than Fox too.

      January 5, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Eric

    Sadly I have to agree with the Chinese Diplomat....if you are right will you forgive a few billion dollars of the debt we owe you?

    January 5, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      And this comes to mind now.. Why ?

      January 5, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric


      January 5, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • SnafuBob

      What are you smoking? How does your comment have any variance to what this is about?

      January 5, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • lapdalert

      snafubob: "variance"...really? you mean "relevance" 🙂

      January 5, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mimi

    It is Millard Public Schools, not Mallard.

    January 5, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Amber

    It was at Millard South High School in Omaha, NE. The Principal is in critical condition at Creighton Hospital and the assist. principal is also at that hospital but not critical. No students were injured. The shooter was a senior at Millard South. He was found dead in a car about two miles away.

    January 5, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      The conditions are reversed in your post. Dr.Case is in serious but stable condition and the assistant principal Dr.Kaspar is in critical condition.

      January 5, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff

    I hardly think that to the victims and their family there is any sort of relevance to what or where this person came from. Evidently you heartless souls haven't ever had a tragedy occur in your families. I pray for you and pray for everyone involved including the shooter. Can you imagine for one second how everything changed in a split second for all families involved?

    January 5, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Thank you Jeff, Doug- go f yourself!! My nephew was in that building!

      January 5, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brenda

      Seriously... how many Millard / Mallard and spell/spelled/spelt corrections do we need? It's about 2% relevant to the story. A kid is dead and two people wounded. Bullying authority figures?

      January 5, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. will

    its a damn shame that this happens in the omaha metro area and in a area thought to be pretty much gun violence free. Lot of people look down on North O but people need to look at our community as a whole. Things across the whole omaha metro area are going down hill. No matter if you live in bellevue, ralston, papio, millard, omaha. Doesnt matter. Things need to change,

    January 5, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • BeeGee

      I have been an Omaha resident for 23 years and am shocked (not surprised) of this incident in good 'ole Millard, considered to be safe, etc. My kids went to OPS schools and Millard schools but no incidents. I guess metal detectors need to move South. No where on earth is completely "safe". We have disturbed teens EVERYWHERE. Do YOU know what your kid is up to at this moment??? It all begins in the HOME people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      January 5, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • SusaSeign

      You think its bad when kids get ahold of guns, it is, but their father's aren't much better! We cringe in SE Nebraska when the "big city boys" come down to hunt deer...a lot of shooting and very little hitting. Almost as bad as Iowegians!

      January 5, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Millard South Student

      Stop arguing over stupid crap! One kid is dead, my vice principal might be that way too. more people could've been killed, and it's the adults who are joking about it. What is wrong with you people?

      January 5, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • SimplyStunned

      Even we Iowegians (though we do prefer to be called Iowans) are saddened by this tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims.

      January 5, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. QS

    Hey Jesse, how about just trying to reach them and show them compassion and support without the ulterior motive of increasing your cult numbers? Is it so hard to want to help people without it being all about your beliefs?

    January 5, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan the Red

      QS, once you know the truth, and find it to be "good news," it's natural to want to share it...

      January 5, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. david

    It is time to put disipline back in the shools, the parents of these kind of kids are doing a very poor job. It was ashme to whom had this removed. m

    January 5, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      i dont think it can all be blamed on parents either, this kids father is an OPD detective. not to say there may not have been problems in the household, but i think to blame these tragedies on the parents is pathetic and ignorant. at what point do people have to take responsibility for their own actions. i think the larger problem in todays society is that everyone is so politically correct that when the real world hits these kids they are not prepared. and because they have been so protected all of their lives they see the only way out is suicide. ((which is a cowards way out, but that is another subject) and yes i have had friends commit suicide and i feel the same way about them)

      January 5, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • J W F

      How can you NOT hold the parents at least partly responsible for this. His dad was a cop, and he knows the signs of a ticking time bomb but he didn't know what was going on with his own kid. It is a parents responsibility to know. Poor parenting is the number one cause of these types of events.

      January 5, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brenda

      How do you know these authority figures weren't tyrrants and/or bullies? Happens all the time.

      January 5, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. cindi

    Well-spoken. Tragedy seems too "small" a word for the heartache that this act creates. The callous comments are, too, nothing more than a cry for attention.

    January 5, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. gunsmoke

    Sound like some good old boy Texas stuff.

    January 5, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Someone

    A young man felt there was no choice but the one he made. A life was lost, two others injured. This is a time to support the community, to help people heal, not to judge what you think the boy was like.
    Trolls like some of you, really should go back in hiding. I am in Omaha and my children were a part of this. It changes lives in so many ways.
    Please stop the stupid comments. keep them to yourselves and let the ones who care show their support!

    *Some who cares

    January 5, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
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