Blue Valley Northwest students return to school after learning about classmate's death


It was a somber day at Blue Valley Northwest High School as students and faculty returned for the first day back after learning about the death of a classmate.

John Albers, 17, was shot and killed Saturday evening by Overland Park police at 149th Terrace and England near Sunset Ridge Elementary.

The junior at Blue Valley Northwest was reportedly threatening suicide when police were called.

When investigators arrived, they say the teen backed out of the garage quickly toward officers in the driveway.

An officer fired and Albers was killed.

The district says it has a plan in place for situations like these.

A school crisis team, along with the district crisis team, come together and figure out what's needed at each school.

"Today we knew we needed to make sure we had support available for those kids and even our staff, who may need to step away for a moment in the classroom and take a break themselves," said Kristi McNerlin of the school district.

Not only was Albers a student at the school - his mother is a principal at Harmony middle school in the Blue Valley District.

No officer was hurt in the shooting. The police's officer-involved shooting team is continuing to investigate.

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