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Camp offers help for Sparks school shooting survivors

Sparks teacher Michael Landsberry
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Updated: 1/25 11:52 am
By MARTIN GRIFFITH
The Associated Press

RENO -- Students who survived a deadly shooting at their northern Nevada school in October are attending a Lake Tahoe camp designed to help them through the healing process.

The weekend retreat for Sparks Middle School students will feature motivational talks by survivors of deadly shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., in 1999 and at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Ark., in 1998.

The event, which is being sponsored by the Presbyterian Church at its Zephyr Point Conference Center at Zephyr Cove, also will feature tubing and gondola rides at the nearby Heavenly ski resort.

Pastor Howard Dotson of the Spanish Springs Presbyterian Church in Sparks says the purpose of the camp is to help up to 100 students heal through recreation and motivation.

Seventh-grader Jose Reyes killed math teacher Michael Landsberry and wounded two students with a semi-automatic handgun outside the school on Oct. 21 before taking his own life.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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