A school shooting in St. Louis, Missouri on Monday left a teacher and a student dead while injuring seven others, according to a press conference from the St. Louis, MO Police Department. The teacher was Jean Kuczka, a graduate of Missouri State University. 

Kuczka was a physical education teacher at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School, where the shooting occurred. During her time at MSU, University President Clif Smart said she was on the field hockey team, and even competed in the national collegiate championships in 1979. Kuczka graduated in 1984 after studying physical education. 

In a statement released to his Twitter Smart said, “Today we lost a champion, teacher, Bear and hero. Many will always remember what you did today.”

According to Smart’s statement, Kuczka ran towards the gunfire, saving the lives of many students. 

According to a Tweet from the Missouri State Alumni Association published on Tuesday, Kuczka’s courageous act will be honored during a moment of silence for her at Saturday’s Homecoming football game. 

“We mourn the loss of Jean and send our thoughts and condolences to her family and to all the students, parents, faculty and staff who were impacted by (Monday’s) tragedy,” Smart said. 


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Makayla Malachowski is the Springfield Life Editor at The Standard for the 2022-2023 school year. She is a junior studying creative writing with a minor in journalism. Makayla was a reporter during the 2021-2022 school year.