Students return to Cascade Middle School after fatal officer-involved shooting

District officials said teachers provided time in class Monday morning for students to discuss what happened during the officer-involved shooting last Friday.

Posted: Jan. 14, 2019 6:51 PM
Updated: Jan. 14, 2019 7:00 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- As students at Cascade Middle School went back to class Monday morning, school officials provided resources to help them cope with what happened during the fatal officer-involved shooting last Friday.

Pat McGillivray, a spokesperson for the Bethel School District, said emotions were high. He said teachers went into work on Sunday to try and figure out how to address the incident with students.

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"Things really seem to be going well this morning," McGillivray said.

He said teachers provided time in class Monday morning for students to discuss it. He said the school also provided additional counselors and therapy dogs.

"It's important for them to be heard and understood and for them to know their school is a safe place," McGillivray said.

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He also commended students for how they handled the situation.

"The way those students responded Friday was terrific. They did everything exactly the way they were supposed to, the way they were trained to and we wanted to thank them for that and recognize their courage,” McGillivray added.

He said this was the first time the school’s reunification plan was put into action. He said they were able to reunite over 170 students with their parents and guardians on Friday.

Additionally, district officials plan to meet to take a closer look at their policies and determine if any changes need to be made.

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Charles Landeros was shot and killed during the shooting Friday. A close friend of Landeros, Bouton Volonté, said Charles was not violent and was not a threat to the school.

“Charlie's full reason for going to that school was (about) concern(s) with their daughter,” Volonté said. “What really threatened the student body was that a person was fatally shot in front of their school.”

On Friday, police said Landeros was involved in a custody dispute. Court documents from a divorce during 2012 and 2013 said Landeros was a helicopter mechanic and was frequently traveling for work. In light of that, documents said Landeros’ children primarily lived with their partner, unless Landeros was in town, in which case the children would stay with Landeros several days a week.

Volonté also said Landeros was a veteran.

District officials said Landeros attended Cascade Middle School and graduated from Willamette High School in 2006.

Details of what led up to the fatal shooting are being investigated by the Interagency Deadly Force Investigation Team.

The District Attorney’s Office has not released a timeline for when the investigation is expected to be completed.

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