Blackville–Hilda High School shooting

The Blackville–Hilda High School shooting was a school shooting that occurred on October 12, 1995, at Blackville–Hilda High School in Blackville, South Carolina, United States. The gunman, 16-year-old Anthony Sincino, was a student at Blackville–Hilda High School who was suspended from school at the time of the shooting. He fatally shot one teacher and wounded another teacher before he committed suicide.[1]

Blackville–Hilda High School shooting
LocationBlackville, South Carolina, United States
DateOctober 12, 1995
Attack type
School shooting
Weapons.32 caliber revolver
Deaths2 (including the perpetrator)
PerpetratorAnthony Sincino


On October 12, 1995, the perpetrator entered through a back door armed with a .32 caliber revolver and entered the classroom of a math teacher Johnny Thompson and shot him in the face. He exited the room and confronted another math teacher Phyllis Senn who was later found dead in the teachers work room.[2] Ms. Senn was believed to have died of a heart attack but an autopsy revealed that she was killed by a gun shot.[3]

A student that was in the room across the hall from the first victim, stated that Sincino did not look angry or mad during the shooting, but that he looked like he did not know exactly what he was doing.[4]

Sincino's body was later found outside the school office door after he committed suicide.[5]


Sincino was African American, and all the people who he attacked or attempted to attack (such as the school's principal, who Sincino allegedly stalked for some time prior to the shooting)[3] were white, which fueled speculation that the shooting was racially motivated, an assertion backed by Sincino's mother, who blamed her son's actions on him being the victim of Institutional racism.[6] Sincino had a history of disciplinary problems within the school, which he was expelled from in 1994, subsequently facing another expulsion for making obscene hand gestures on a school bus after he was readmitted in 1995.[3] These disciplinary actions were regarded as being unnecessarily harsh by people like Sincino's friend Latisha Grant,[3] and there was a pervasive belief in the community that this was due to Sincino being African American.[7]


  1. ^ "School Associated Violent Deaths" (PDF). National School Safety Center. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-12-11. Retrieved 2007-01-28.
  2. ^ "Student Shoots Teacher, Kills Himself". Los Angeles Times. 1995-10-13. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  3. ^ a b c d "Carolina teacher died from bullet". United Press International. 14 October 1995. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  4. ^ Smith, Bruce. "Teacher, Student Dead in High School Shooting, Second Teacher Wounded". AP News. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  5. ^ "Student Shoots Teacher Then Turns Gun on Himself". 1995-10-13. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  6. ^ R. Langford, James (22 October 1995). "Teen's life full of contradictions". The Augusta Chronicle. United States.
  7. ^ Katherine S. Newman (2005). Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings. Basic Books. ISBN 9780465051045. Retrieved 18 January 2021.

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