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STUDENT SHOOTS TEACHER THEN TURNS GUN ON HIMSELF

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Toby Sincino's height was the source of some of his troubles, but not all of them.

At less than 5 feet, he would get kicked, shut up in lockers or dumped upside down in trash cans by fellow high school students, relatives said.The 16-year-old also had occasional run-ins with teachers and once told a fellow student that his heroes were Charles Manson and Jeffrey Dahmer.

A day after being suspended for making an obscene gesture, he walked into school, shot and seriously wounded a math teacher, then killed himself. A second teacher died, but authorities weren't sure whether she was shot or suffered a heart attack.

Sincino's father, Randolph, said his son was picked on by other students because he was small. But that did not explain Thursday's attack and suicide.

"The only time he had a temper is when somebody kicked at him," the father said. "I know a couple of times when he tried to stand up for his rights."

Sincino lived with his father and sister in a trailer not far from Blackville-Hilda High School in this farm town of 2,700 about 45 miles south of Columbia. His parents separated when he was a child.

He was expelled early last school year but was back at school on probation. He was suspended again Wednesday for making an obscene gesture on a school bus and faced another expulsion, said Daniel Adkins, the principal of the school of about 380 students.

Sincino entered the school with a .32-caliber pistol stolen in an automobile break-in last year, walked into math teacher Johnny Thompson's class and shot him in the face in front of the students, investigators said.

Connie Nickens, a 17-year-old senior who was in the classroom across the hall, said Sincino did not look mad. "He looked like he didn't know what he was doing - like something went through his head but he didn't know why," she said.

Sincino continued down the hall where he apparently confronted another math teacher, 56-year-old Phyllis Senn, who was later found dead in a teachers' work room, State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Hugh Munn said. No wounds were visible on her body; an autopsy was scheduled for Friday.

Thompson remained hospitalized Friday in serious but stable condition. The two teachers had nothing to do with Sincino's suspension and did not teach the freshman.

Sincino's body was found outside the school office door. He had shot himself in the right temple, Munn said.

Classes were canceled Friday and counselors were ready to help students when they return Monday.

Sincino had experienced problems at school since the sixth grade, friends said.