UPDATE: Van ISD employee released from hospital


UPDATE: TYLER (KYTX) - Glenn Geddie, the Van ISD employee shot during a firearm class Wednesday, has been released from the hospital, according to an ETMC spokesperson.



UPDATE: VAN (KYTX) - The identity of the Van ISD employee shot during a firearm class Wednesday evening has been confirmed by a family friend to CBS 19 as being Glenn Geddie.


Geddie works in the district's maintenance department.

He remains in the intensive care unit of East Texas Medical Center of Tyler in fair condition.

Van ISD released this statement:

At the conclusion of the CHL training on February 27, 2013, one certified person stayed for private instruction with the instructor and had a mechanical malfunction with his weapon. With the assistance of the instructor, the malfunction was addressed, but the gun misfired and the bullet ricocheted coming back to strike the VISD employee in the left leg. The VISD employee was attended to at the scene and transferred to Tyler for further treatment. The injury is not life threatening or disabling. Because of privacy and security issues we cannot make any further statement.



TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH (KYTX) - The Tyler Morning Telegraph has learned that a Van Independent School District employee accidentally was shot during a district-sponsored concealed handgun license class on Wednesday.

The class was part of an effort to permit teachers to carry firearms on VISD campuses.

Leslie Goode, a Van ISD school board member, confirmed that "there was an accident involving one of the employees today."


Goode would not disclose the identity of the employee or the nature of the injury, but did say the accident would not change his mind about a recent decision by the board to arm some teachers.

The district decided in January to arm teachers after the Sandy Hook elementary school mass shooting in Newton, Conn. in December.

The Tyler Paper is working to gather additional information on this story.


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