ST. LOUIS — The woman shot to death at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School on Monday has been identified as Jean Kuczka, a physical education teacher at the south St. Louis school.
Kuczka, 61, of Jefferson County, had taught at the school since 2008, according to her school biography.
A gunman came into Kuczka’s classroom, Room 323, and Kuczka went in front of him to protect the students, her daughter was told. It wasn’t immediately clear why the gunman went to her room or if he targeted a certain teacher.
A teenage girl was also slain in the rampage before police stormed the school at 3125 South Kingshighway and killed the gunman. Neither the teenager’s nor the gunman’s names have been released.