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May 19, 1978 - Image 16

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Page 16-Friday, May 19, 1978-The Michigan Daily
Gifted student shoots teacher

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The 13-year-
old son of former White House press
secretary George Christian shot his
junior high school English teacher to
death in the classroom yesterday,
police said.
Lt. Fred Maxwell, chief of public af-
fairs for the Austin police department,
identified the boy as John Christian,
who was taken into custody and brought
to the police station for questioning.
George Christian, who served as
press secretary for President Lyndon
Johnson and recently handled public
relations for Gov. Dolph Briscoe's
losing Democratic primary campaign,
arrived at the police station at 10:45
a.m., visibly shaken.
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won the 1977 Mack Truck Bulldog
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In a vote of 440 NFL players, John
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New England Patriots, was chosen
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linemen. In the balloting for the best
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THE SLAIN teacher was identified as
Wilbur Rod Grayson, 29.
About 30 children from the class were
brought to police headquarters to give
information about what they saw.
Maxwell said Grayson was shot three
times - beneath the right arm, in the
right arm and in the right side of the
head with a semi-automatic .22-caliber
Maxwell said he understood the boy
arrived after his first-period English
class had begun. Parents described the
class as a special one for gifted and
talented youngsters.
"THE TEACHER was sitting on a
stool, conducting class. He (the boy)
just walked in the door and pointed the
rifle at him. The teacher didn't take it
real seriously. He said something, and
the boy just shot him," Maxwell said.
Maxwell said he understood the
youth, an honor roll student, was upset
over an incident the previous day when
a substitute teacher was present.
"The boy was leading a discussion
and didn't geta very good response,"
Maxwell said.
JEAN OLSON, mother of a pupil in
the class, described Grayson as
"fabulous. He has done tremendous
"These kids are energetic, far out
creative minds," she said.
Grayson had been teaching only a
year, said Charles Sansom, director of
administrative services for the Austin
Independent School District.

John Christian, 13, who police say fatally shot his English teacher with a .22
caliber rifle, covers his face as he leaves Murchison Junior High School in Austin,
Texas, where the incident occurred yesterday.

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