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Assistant principal identified as victim in Olathe East High School shooting

Kaleb Stoppel
Officer Erik Clark
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Posted at 10:53 AM, Mar 04, 2022

9:30 p.m. | Kansas Sen. Cindy Holscher identified Dr. Kaleb Stoppel as one of the three people who was injured in the shooting.

"All our children came home safely today, including my son who attends Olathe East. ❤️ So thankful to all the teachers & staff @OlatheEastHawks for everything they did to protect our students. So grateful to Ofc. Erik Clark & Dr. Stoppel for their quick actions," Holscher said in a tweet.

According to Olathe East's website, Stoppel is the assistant principal and athletic director at the school.

7:11 p.m. | The Johnson County Sheriff's Office took the time on Friday evening to thank the SRO involved in the shooting.

"The entire Sheriff’s Office is keeping SRO Clark, his family and his @OlathePolice family in our prayers tonight 💙," the Johnson County Sheriff's Office said in the tweet.

3:41 p.m. | Johnson County officials released a statement expressing support for students, families and staff from Olathe East High School.

Part of the statement can be read below:

All of us at Johnson County Government have the students, families and staff from Olathe East High School on our minds and in our hearts today. We are so grateful that no students were injured by the shooter. We appreciate all of the first responders and public safety officers in the community who have and continue to respond to this incident and offer their support. We are especially grateful to the Olathe Police Department as well as Olathe East’s School Resource Officer whose actions helped ensure the safety of students.
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3:27 p.m. | An Overland Park Regional Medical Center spokesperson announced that two of the victims have been discharged from the hospital.

One of the victims remains in critical condition.

It was immediately clear who was released and who remained in the hospital.

3:20 p.m. | Olathe Mayor John Bacon released a statement on Twitter Friday.

3 p.m. | Police radio traffic obtained by KSHB 41 News captured the moment the school resource officer radioed for help following this morning morning's shooting.

2:30 p.m. | Olathe police confirmed that the SRO officer and school administrator are both in stable condition.

They have yet to provide an update on the suspect, according to KSHB 41 News reporter Sarah Plake.

2 p.m. | If you've been following social media of today's shooting you might have come across a video of an armed subject in the entry way of Olathe East.

The Olathe Police Department says the video shows a police officer responding to the incident.

1:45 p.m. | An Overland Park Regional Medical Center spokesperson said the three shooting victims were taken to their hospital.

The spokesperson said the victims are all adult males.

As of 1:30 p.m., one of the victim was listed as critical. A second victim was listed as being in critical but in a stable condition. A third victim was listed as being in a stable condition.

1:20 p.m. | At least some parents and students have started to reunify near Olathe East High School.

12:55 p.m. | The Olathe School District has released its reunification plan. You can read the latest on our website.

12:45 p.m. | The FBI is at the scene of the shooting to help with the investigation because of shots being fired in a school. Olathe police will lead the investigation.

Police have confirmed both the administrator and student were male. No other identification has been released.

12:08 p.m. | An Olathe Police spokesperson said the Olathe East High School School Resource Officer radioed for help Friday morning following a report of shots fired in the office area at the high school.

The spokesperson said the SRO and administrator at the school were injured. Their injuries are not expected to be life-threatening.

The spokesperson said the suspect - a student at the high school - was also injured. The suspect's injuries were not life-threatening.

No other students were injured.

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect police are working to confirm the title of the school administrator that was shot at Olathe East High School.

11:50 a.m. | The reunification address for parents has been updated, according to Olathe police.

"Frontier Park 15501 Indian Creek Parkway will be used for staging/overflow for reunification with students," the police department said.

11:45 a.m. | Olathe Public Schools said they are still working with police to finalize plans for reunifying parents with their children.

"To clarify, if your loved one was injured, you would have already been contacted by the police department," the district said in a tweet. "We will provide additional updates as soon as they are available. Thank you for your patience."

Original Story | A faculty member and a school resource officer were shot Friday at Olathe East High School, a spokesperson from the Olathe Police Department told KSHB 41.

The circumstances around the shooting are unknown, along with the condition of those shot.

The Olathe Police department confirmed that one of those injured is a member of Olathe East administration, and that the incident occurred in the "office area" of the school.

There are no reports of injured students and no active threat, according to Olathe police.

A suspect is in custody.

Olathe Public Schools said via social media that the school is on lockdown.

"Olathe East is currently under lock down due to an active shooting situation on campus," the district said in a tweet. "Please know that law enforcement is on site and the building is secured. Olathe East and surrounding school buildings have been secured."

Parents are now being instructed to head to a Family Video location to be reunited with their children.

"Please come to Family Video 12708 S Black Bob to be reunited with your students. There are no injured students at this time and no active threat," Olathe Police said in a tweet.

Special agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are now on scene, assisting with the investigation.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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