50th anniversary of Poe Elementary bombing

September 15, 2009 3:08:17 PM PDT
Tuesday marks 50 years since a tragedy happened at a local elementary school. On September 15, 1959, the father of a student at Poe Elementary School arrived at the school with a briefcase full of explosives. Paul Orgeron, 49, handed the teacher a note, then triggered the bomb. The blast killed Orgeron, his son, and four other students and teachers. Seventeen others were hurt.

On Tuesday, a commemoration was held at Kolter Elementary, a school named after Jennie Kolter, a teacher who lost her life that day. Kolter's son says his mother would be proud to see the achievements being made by the students and teachers at her school.

"We as a family always have been proud that a school was named in her honor and that it was made into a school of excellence," said Dr. William Kolter.

A moment of silence was also held at Poe Elementary School to honor the victims.

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