Friday, August 22, 2008
Ryan McDonald Gunned Down By Fellow Student Jamar Siler?
Ryan McDonald, was just a sophomore at Central High school in Tennessee. He lived with his grandmother and suffered from alopecia which has caused him to be bald since age 3. As you can imagine, during the course of his school days he had been a target of much teasing. At 8:00 a.m in the cafeteria, the teasing came to an end as Ryan died from gunshot wounds. Chad Griffin, 15, and Josh Matthews, 14, were close to Ryan when he was shot. Ryan was apparently shot in the abdomen, took a few steps and then fell to the floor. Deputy Chief Bill Roehl reported that a 15 year old suspect identified as Jamar Siler was taken into custody six minutes after the shooting. According to Knox County School System Superintendent, Jim McIntyre, the victim and the suspect were acquaintances. (It is believed that they were classmates.)
Apparently, Jamar Siler, age 15, has been charged with one count of first-degree murder. Siler is being held in a juvenile detention facility without bond. Siler is represented by Mark Stephens, a public defender. After the shooting, the 1,400 student school was placed on lock down and then classes were dismissed. Students were bused to a nearby church where there parents picked them up. The school was scheduled to reopen today with counseling classes available for students. Official explanation of what happened link.