BUTTE - A school shooting in Butte 25 years ago that took the life of 11-year-old Jeremy Bullock is the inspiration for a summit held this week in Butte to make schools across Montana safer.
“I’m learning a lot. There’s always something to learn to bring back to our leadership and implement in the schools, absolutely,” said Butte Superintendent Judy Jonart.
The Jeremy Bullock Safe Schools Summit held at the Clarion Inn Copper King Hotel was organized by the family of Jeremy Bullock who was shot and killed by another boy at Margaret Leary School in 1994. The summit featured workshops on improving safety. Gov. Steve Bullock, who is Jeremy’s uncle, spoke at the event.
“It’s difficult at times, especially when we gather still in the shadow of mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, to really feel we’ve made any progress in 25 years, but compared to where we were then, progress has been made in Montana,” the governor said.
The former principal of Margaret Leary school, who was there that tragic day Jeremy was shot, is at this event and she said she’s made it her life’s work to end school violence.
“We need to talk to kids, we need to talk to kids continuously. Because kids know what’s going on. Almost every shooting in the country there’s been warning signs that kids knew,” said former principal Kate Stetzner.
Responding to the warning signs.