Foster pleads guilty to Inskip Elementary School shootings

Foster pleads guilty to Inskip Elementary School shootings

Mark Stephen Foster (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Mark Stephen Foster (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Mark Stephen Foster pleaded guilty Friday to the shootings that wounded the Inskip Elementary School principal and assistant principal in 2010.

Foster pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted first degree murder, two counts of employing a firearm in a dangerous felony and a felony charge of carrying a firearm on school property.

He was a fourth grade teacher at the school when he learned in a meeting on February 10, 2010 that his contract would not be renewed.

Foster left the meeting, then came back in the office a few minutes later and asked to speak to Principal Elisa Luna.

He shot her and Assistant Principal Amy Brace multiple times at close range with a hand gun in Luna's office.

Foster's brother, Anthony Foster, sent school officials explicit details about his brother's mental instability by email in 2009 and tried to warn them something bad could happen. School officials opened an investigation, but said they couldn't back up the claims.

Principal Luna returned to Inskip in a wheelchair less than a year later after the shooting. She sustained a spinal injury.

Brace returned to Inskip about a month and a half after the shootings.

Luna and Brace earned doctorate degrees in education from the University of Tennessee in May.

The Knox County School System declined to comment on Foster's guilty plea.

Foster is scheduled to be sentenced on October 3.

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