According to the Omaha World-Hearld, nearly 2,000 mourners paid their respects and said a final goodbye to Dr. Vicki Kaspar on Tuesday morning at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Omaha, Nebraska.
Dr. Kaspar was the Vice Principal at Millard South High School in West Omaha who was killed in the shooting last Wednesday by Robert Butler, Jr., a student she had suspended that morning for driving his car on the school football field over winter break. Butler then shot the Principal, Dr. Curtis Case, and fired shots missing a school custodian and wounding a school nurse from the debris, before he fled from school grounds. Butler was later found a few blocks away in his Honda Accord, having turned the gun on himself.
Millard South canceled classes Tuesday to allow students and staff to attend the service and provided shuttles from two nearby high schools to the church. Many students at the funeral Tuesday morning dressed in red and wore red, white, and blue ribbons, the school’s colors. Students and other mourners overflowed the church’s pews, balconies and folding chairs, many gathering in the church’s gym to watch the service via video feed.
Dr. Kaspar was a long-time educator and administrator, beginning her career as an English teacher for Bellevue Public Schools and, according to CBS news, had been working for the Millard Public School District since 1988. Those in attendance at the funeral were urged by Rev. Michael Swanton to “focus on the good memories” and to “imitate Kaspar’s life of service to others.” According to students, Kaspar was an administrator known for her open-door policy and willingness to listen and forgive.
Kaspar’s husband, Ronald Kaspar, told the Omaha World-Herald that she would have forgiven Butler “in a heartbeat.”
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