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Palo Alto teacher dies after officer-involved shooting

Original post made on Dec 10, 2018

Kyle Hart, a teacher at Frank S. Greene Middle School in Palo Alto, died Monday after he was shot by a police officer called to his Redwood City home in response to his attempted suicide.


Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, December 10, 2018, 7:35 PM

Comments (21)

Posted by Parent
a resident of Community Center
on Dec 10, 2018 at 7:51 pm

Incredibly tragic. Sending sympathies to everyone involved.


Posted by JLSParent
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Dec 10, 2018 at 7:56 pm

This is just so sad ! He was a wonderful teacher. He taught at JLS and it would have helped to get an email from the district - rather than the kids finding out about this on social media.


Posted by Tragedy
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 10, 2018 at 8:03 pm

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Posted by Laura
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Dec 10, 2018 at 8:11 pm

[Portion removed.] My heart goes out to his family, friends and all of his current and former students. This is so tragic. He could have kept teaching given the right kind of help.


Posted by Alum
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Dec 10, 2018 at 8:15 pm

Alum is a registered user.

So sad for his family and the community. We spend a lot of time teaching students about crisis resources in school in hopes of preventing such situations. Taking one's life is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Goes to show at the end of the day, teachers are just human beings as well.


Posted by Rosewood
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 10, 2018 at 8:17 pm

This is a sad, terrible tragedy. Mr Hart was my daughter's social studies teacher at JLS three years ago. She and her friends are in shock. I am so very sorry for his wife and children. They are suffering a devastating loss. Mr Hart should have lived a long life. This is such a painful, heartbreaking turn of events.


Posted by Former Student of Mr.Hart
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Dec 10, 2018 at 8:21 pm

This is incomprehensible. I was a former student of Mr.Hart, and the entire incident is absolutely devastating. My thoughts and prayers to the family.


Posted by JLStudent
a resident of Gunn High School
on Dec 10, 2018 at 8:23 pm

I had him as a teacher in 7th grade. [Portion removed.] I am deeply saddened by his death. Sending prayers out to him and his family.


Posted by Person
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Dec 10, 2018 at 8:27 pm

Laura you are somewhat right but if the police arrive at a scene and someone ( mentally stable or not)charges at them with a knife the police are supposed to protect them selves and I am 100% positive that the police man did not intend to kill him but the stun gun reportedly missed so there wasn’t really any option left. It is horrible that the wife called to save him and the cop could have shot his hand but I’m sure the scene was very tense and he could not have had the time to get the precise shot. I am deeply saddened by this as are many of my friends but it’s not the time to criticize the police and how they act


Posted by J Ramsdale
a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 10, 2018 at 8:33 pm

Shame on Palo Alto Online for posting this tonight when his students are just finding out and then they are going straight to the internet and learning these details.


Posted by Heart Goes Out To All
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 10, 2018 at 8:34 pm

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@ Laura
Do not presume to judge a situation which you know absolutely nothing about, either Mr. Hart's mental state or the events that transpired at his home. Police officers put their lives on the line daily, including scary situations like this. In addition to protecting the person who was threatening suicide, police officers trained in crisis intervention have a duty to protect bystanders and themselves.


Posted by Melissa S
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 10, 2018 at 8:34 pm

This is so sad I’m so many levels. My son really enjoyed Kyle Hart at JLS. He just called him The GOAT. He made middle school enjoyable. He is now in college and still remembers Kyle’s impact. My deepest sympathies go out to JLS, Green and especially his family. RIP Kyle.


Posted by Greene Parent
a resident of Greene Middle School
on Dec 10, 2018 at 8:39 pm

I agree with JLS Parent. An email was sent to all Greene parents this evening. A similar message should have gone out to the JLS, Gunn, and Paly communities so parents can talk to their kids about it. Not all kids talk to their parents about what they hear on social media.

My condolences go out to Mr. Hart’s family, his students, and staff and both schools. Such a tragedy.


Posted by Former
a resident of Gunn High School
on Dec 10, 2018 at 8:46 pm

This is tragic. I had Mr. Hart for social studies in 7th grade. My condolences go out to his family, friends and current/former students.


Posted by Jarquan Frec
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 10, 2018 at 8:50 pm

i had him and he had a sub called coach pat and he was supposed to come back on february but rip


Posted by suzie Q
a resident of another community
on Dec 10, 2018 at 8:51 pm

To Laura- your comment does not show careful reading or understanding of what officers face every day. They tried Crisis Intervention and taser. According to preliminary report, it was only upon the charging with a knife that an officer had to make a call that will be with him forever. We always hope that crisis intervention and other forms of intervention work but such is not always the case.
I hope that instead of analyzing an officer's actions, the Palo Alto community can focus energy to support Kyle's wife and children. We are all in a state of shock and disbelief at the sudden death of our colleague. And Laura, I am a member of the teaching community at Greene middle school and a resident of Redwood City who has respect and understanding for the challenging job of our officers.


Posted by Double tragedy
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Dec 10, 2018 at 8:52 pm

Double tragedy is a registered user.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 10, 2018 at 8:53 pm

I suspect the students all knew about this long before the Weekly published the details and even if the Weekly delayed it, I am sure the local tv channels will be covering it in detail. They make a big issue of police involved shootings. It wouldn't surprise me if the cameras were not outside Jordan tomorrow morning.

The change of name just may make some confusion to those reporters so don't be surprised if they get some details wrong.


Posted by Alvin
a resident of Professorville
on Dec 10, 2018 at 8:53 pm

I had the same thoughts as Laura above. We don't have all the facts, probably just the police version, but are the police not trained to handle a suicidal man with a knife without resorting to deadly force? My guess is the man would've dropped the knife had the police officer simply brandished his gun without actually firing it. The one time it is okay to use deadly force against a knife-wielding person is when the knife is being held to the throat of another, for example...but that is not this case. I've never heard of this kind of thing in any other country - police shooting to death a suicidal man carrying a knife.

This also makes you think twice about calling the police if one of your loved ones is threatening to kill himself/herself.


Posted by Saddened Former Student
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Dec 10, 2018 at 9:11 pm

I had Mr Hart for 7th grade social studies and he was a great teacher. Deepest condolences to his family. He deserved so much more respect than he got and I wish he could have realized his ambitions.


Posted by Former Student of Mr. Hart
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 10, 2018 at 9:15 pm

Mr. Hart was an amazing person and this is extremely sad news. [Portion removed.] he was an amazing person and people didn't see that in him. Best wishes to his family...

I think that if everyone had some more kindness towards everyone, people wouldn't have to go through things like this.


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