Incident at South Education Center

Statement from Sandy Lewandowski, Superintendent

With a heavy heart we report that on Tuesday, Feb. 1, there were shots fired outside at South Education Center near the front entrance. Two students were injured in the incident.

Our staff members and police responded immediately to the situation and followed our security procedures. The two injured students are receiving medical care for their injuries. As of now, one has passed away, one is in critical condition (HCMC)

We remain in constant contact with the police department as they continue their investigation. We are unable to confirm any reports due to the ongoing police investigation. Please refer questions about the investigation to the Richfield Police Department.

We express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victims. We are deeply saddened by this incident and will work to support the family, classmates, and staff as much as we can.

The safety of our students and staff is a top priority. We will continue to update you as we learn more details.


There are no words to describe the bravery exhibited by our staff at SEC and local authorities today. No one should ever have to respond to a tragedy like this and we commit to supporting staff, students, and families’ well-being as they recover from this incident.

It is always difficult to understand an incident like this and it is an especially important time to reach out for support. District 287 stands ready to support our students and staff as needed as we recover from this tragedy.


South Education Center serves approximately 200 students from pre-K through age 21 in both special education and alternative learning programs.