Iowa Shooting: ‘Cheerful’ 11-Year-Old Victim Mourns as Perry School Gunman’s Harassment Revealed

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Community mourns deadly Iowa school shooting

Iowa school shooter who killed a sixth grade student and injured five He was harassed “relentlessly,” according to his former colleagues.

Dylan Butler, 17, was identified as the gunman who attacked Perry High school in Iowa Thursday when the students returned from their Christmas vacation.

His former classmates, sisters Yesenia Roeder and Khamya Hall, both 17, said Butler had been bullied relentlessly since elementary school.

They added that the bullying had increased recently, when her younger sister also began to be picked on. School officials did not intervene, they said, and that was “the last straw” for the shooter.

“I was suffering. She got tired. He got tired of the harassment. She got tired of the harassment,” said Yesenia Roeder Hall.

Police said the suspect the reason was being investigated and authorities were investigating “several social media posts” he made at the time of the shooting, Des Moines Register reported.

Moments before the shooting, Butler, who was found dead at the scene, posted a video on TikTok with the caption “now we wait” and accompanied by the song “Stray Bullet” by the German band KMFDM.

Ahmir Jolliff, the 11-year-old shooting victim, is remembered by family and friends as a cheerful boy known at home as “Smiley.”


Classes canceled on Friday

Classes at Perry High School were canceled Friday after a student, Dylan Butler, shot and killed a sixth-grade student and wounded five others, including four students and a school administrator, Thursday morning.

Butler committed suicide at school.

The school closed to allow students and the community time to grieve the incident.

Graig GraziosiJanuary 5, 2024 18:28


WATCH: Iowa Student Describes How He Escaped School Shooting

Iowa student describes how he escaped school shooting

Graig GraziosiJanuary 5, 2024 19:24


Nikki Haley calls for schools to be protected “like airports”

Republican presidential primary candidate and former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley called for greater security in schools hours after a shooter killed a sixth-grade student and wounded five others at Perry High School in Iowa. .

Graig GraziosiJanuary 5, 2024 19:52


Images from Iowa: Candlelight vigil, makeshift memorial

Community members gather at Wiese Park for a candlelight vigil following the early morning shooting at the Perry Middle and High School complex on Jan. 4, 2024 in Perry, Iowa. A 17-year-old student identified by authorities as Dylan Butler opened fire at the school on the first day back from winter break, killing one student and wounding five others.

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Teddy bears and flowers are seen outside Perry High School following a Thursday shooting at the school, Friday, Jan. 5, 2024, in Perry, Iowa.


Graig GraziosiJanuary 5, 2024 8:20 p.m.


Perry School Teacher Describes Going into ‘Panic Mode’, Shares Details About Principal Injured in Iowa Shooting

Laura Espinoza, 38, a teacher at Perry Elementary School, shared what she experienced during a shooting Thursday at Iowa’s combined K-12 school. The shooting left a sixth-grade student dead and injured five others, including four students and a school administrator.

Espinoza said he went into “panic mode” when he realized what was happening, according to The New York Times.

“You just don’t imagine it will happen to you,” he said. “I feel like we go into these workouts ready to learn, but hoping that you never have to use that.”

He said he knew Principal Dan Marburger, one of the five injured in the attack, whom he described as friendly and eager to get to know and help students at the school.

“I feel like a lot of times you say that the director is a very serious authority figure, and he is, but he’s also a person that you can hear a joke from,” he said. “Or you could tell a joke and he’ll laugh.”

Mr. Marburger is in stable condition.

Graig GraziosiJanuary 5, 2024 9:06 pm


The shooter acted alone

Dylan Butler, the 17-year-old who attacked Perry High School Thursday morning, allegedly acted alone, according to Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Deputy Director Mitch Mortvedt.

Police reportedly searched the school immediately after discovering Butler’s body inside the school. He died by suicide. They found no evidence of a second shooter.

A sixth-grade student at Perry Middle School died in the attack. Four other students, as well as an administrator, were injured in the shooting.

Police are still working to determine the motive.

Graig GraziosiJanuary 5, 2024 9:40 p.m.


Students Shouldn’t ‘Look for Escape Routes’ at School, Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Says

Students should not “look for escape routes” at school, the Iowa Democratic Party chair said.

Rita Hart said she issued a statement following the shooting at an Iowa school in which a sixth-grade student was killed and five other people were injured.

Students “should be able to focus on creating a better future for themselves while in their classrooms, without looking for escape routes, hiding places, or fearing for their safety,” he said.

“I am very saddened and sorry that the Perry community is living through this nightmare that has occurred far too often across our country,” he added.

“The Perry community deserves better. “Iowa deserves better.”

Graig GraziosiJanuary 5, 2024 22:00


Sheriff says few students were at school when shooting occurred

Dallas County Sheriff Adam Infante said there were only a few students at Perry High School when shots were fired Thursday.

“Fortunately, classes haven’t started yet, so there were very few students and teachers in the building, which I think contributed to a good outcome in that regard,” he said during a news conference.

The shooter reportedly committed suicide, according to police. One of the victims who was shot was reportedly a school administrator. A sixth-grade victim was killed and four other students, as well as a school administrator, were injured in the attack.

Graig GraziosiJanuary 5, 2024 23:00


Iowa governor issues statement after shooting

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a statement Thursday after 17-year-old Dylan Butler was identified as the gunman who attacked Perry Middle School and killed a sixth-grade student. Four other students and a school administrator were also injured in the attack.

“Our hearts are heavy today and our prayers are with the Perry community,” Reynolds said at an afternoon news conference. “This senseless tragedy has shaken our entire state to its core.”

Graig GraziosiJanuary 6, 2024 00:00


Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says gun control is a “local and state” issue after Iowa school shooting

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said gun control was a “local and state” issue and argued that suggestions to curb gun violence would infringe on the rights of American gun owners.

“I do not support infringing on the rights of law-abiding citizens with respect to the ability to exercise their constitutional rights,” he told the Des Moines Register Thursday.

“I know these things can be used to try to address things and a lot of the things that are proposed wouldn’t even have prevented any of these things,” he added. “The federal government probably won’t lead that effort. “I think it’s more of a local and state issue.”

Graig GraziosiJanuary 6, 2024 01:00

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