MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (KABC) —
A special education teacher with the Manhattan Beach Unified School District and a 10-year Manhattan Beach police employee were killed in the mass shooting at an outdoor country music festival in Las Vegas.
Sandy Casey taught at Manhattan Beach Middle School for the past nine years.
“She’s absolutely loved by students and colleagues alike and will be remembered for her sense of humor, her passion for her work, her devotion to her students, her commitment to continue her own learning and taking on whatever new projects came her way. She’s made a tremendous difference in the lives of our students and their families, many of whom worked with her over multiple years. Her loss will be deeply felt at MBMS and throughout the entire Manhattan Beach community,” MBUSD Superintendent Mike Matthews said Monday morning.
The Manhattan Beach Unified School District sent the following email to district families:
Dear MBUSD Families,
This morning we are reaching out to you in shock and grief. As you may have read in the news, last night there was an unprecedented mass shooting near Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas during a concert that was part of the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival. There have been multiple fatalities and even more injuries. Several members of our MBUSD community were at the concert and in the vicinity of the attack. We have been in contact with MBMS Principal Kim Linz, who was in attendance. She is unharmed, as are MBMS teacher Ms. Debbie Dreiling; school psychologists Ms. Marjorie Questin and Ms. Emily Allen; MCHS and Meadows instructional assistant Mr. Chris Willemse; and Pennekamp Principal Dr. Karina Gerger; who were there as well. However, we have received information that one of our MBMS Special Education teachers, Sandy Casey (formerly Sandy McDermott), was fatally wounded. This is unbelievably sad and tragic.
We wanted to let you know so that you can be prepared to support your children and to help…