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Remembering the night

"A shooting is not an individual and his immediate family, it’s our entire community that is affected."

This week on Need to Know we return to the scene of a school shooting that occurred just over twenty years ago in Great Barrington, Massachusettes.

On December 14, 1992, student Wayne Lo began shooting at random on the campus of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, ultimately wounding four and killing two: fellow student, Galen Gibson, 18, and professor Ñacuñán Sáez, 37.

In this web exclusive video, we meet Simon’s Rock faculty who share their memories of Sáez as a brilliant professor and joyful colleague, whose laughter they can still hear “in peals” — even after all these years.


  • Heide Solbrig

    Nacunan Saez was my absolutely favorite professor in my entire college career– (and I am not very good at languages!) I took accelerated Spanish everday at 7:30 in the morning. He was completely committed to his teaching– and to getting his students to engage with language and the work of the class. He would get up on the table to expound on topics, and when the class did badly on an exam he would come into class with tears in his eyes and ask us what he had done wrong? He took teaching personally and I always felt like he cared whether I personally had done my homework, or more importantly learned in his class. I always felt like he NOTICED me and I really hope that now, as a college professor myself, I follow this model of teaching. I learned about his death by picking up a newspaper in the BART on the way home to Oakland. I remember sitting on the subway crying and not knowing what to do with this information. I hope that what I’ve done is remember what a good teacher he was and translate that to my own teaching.

  • Anonymous

    We cannot afford to provide specialized armed
    guards to each of 220,000 schools in the U.S.

    It is a good probability that the guard will
    not be at the right place at the right time. Uniformed guards are
    an early target.

    Teachers should not be “required to carry
    guns.” But if a teacher
    obtains a permit for the appropriate state, which includes
    training and a background check they should be encouraged to

    Guns Free Zones are islands of innocents. Get
    rid of them.

    Teachers who choose to carry have the same
    responsibility that any handgun carrier has, to maintain control
    of the gun at all times.