Paloma Valley Student: Librarian Hugged Her, Said Goodbye

Police, school officials gathered outside the library on the Paloma Valley High campus after Friday...

Police, school officials gathered outside the library on the Paloma Valley High campus after Friday's shooting. The scene has since been cleared.
Story updated at 4:10 p.m. with identity of the deceased:

The county librarian who died in an apparent suicide Friday morning on the Paloma Valley High School campus told a student library volunteer "goodbye" Thursday, explaining she had just been fired.

The deceased was identified by the Coroner's office late Friday as Roggena Hunsaker, 59, of Sun City. The student, who asked not to be identified, said Hunsaker did not say why she had been fired, but that she hugged the student and told her goodbye. According to the student, the woman did not seem particularly upset at the time.

"She said the woman was always nice and very easy to talk to," said Joelle Regnier, the student's mother. "She just told my daughter she wouldn't see her anymore because she was just fired. Then she gave her a hug."

The Riverside County Library system has a public library at the front of the high school that is used by both students and the public. Hunsaker was a county employee and not connected with the school district. The library was closed Friday.

Calls to the county library administration about Hunsaker's employment status have not been returned.

The student was on campus Friday morning when the school was put on lockdown after the discovery of the woman's body in a car in the school parking lot. Before a general announcement was made to the student body about what happened, the student was pulled aside by her teacher and informed of the situation. Parents had already been informed of the situation via email and voice mail.

"My daughter had told her teacher a couple days before that she was working in the library for school credits," Regnier said. "That's why the teacher wanted her to know first."

Regnier's daughter said she didn't know whether any students witnessed the shooting, which reportedly occurred sometime between 7 and 7:30 a.m. She did say some students said they passed by the car and noticed some activity there and that a windshield shade was pulled down.


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  1. The daughter asks to be identified, then the mother's name is revealed. Nice.

    1. Seriously. Used the mothers first and last name once, then the last name by itself again.

  2. So the student asks not to be identified and yet you identify her mother meaning it will take someone about 10 seconds to figure out who she is... good job.

  3. Nice to tell the children before informing the parents. Getting a call that a body was found and that it was being investigated as a crime and then nothing else until the kids were home. Real nice.

  4. This was executed poorly, the school should have made a call to all parents of the situation at the school and what was taking place, then gave the parents and students the right to either come to school or not. This isn't the way to do this type of thing, after the fact and then to tell the students first. I'm not impressed with the way this school is operated.

  5. According to school officials, teachers and parents were notified first, via email and voice mails sent out. The students were told after that notification was made. Parents who showed up at the school were allowed to see their children if there was an urgent need.

  6. I am a parent of a student at Paloma, and they did notify us of the situation as soon as they could, both via phone, and email. The body was found in the car after 7 am, when students were already arriving on campus, so there wasn't an option to notify parents prior so they could choose whether or not to come to school. I feel they handled the situation perfectly. As for the person above saying that they knew nothing else until their child came home, I think you need to get connected with other parents at the school, or get on any of the social media sites. There is a wealth of info there for you, so that you know exactly what is going on.

  7. So I am supposed to trust social media and rumors over the school officials? That's how false info gets started. Don't you remember the shooting threat a few months ago? That was social media.

    I honestly don't think that informing impressionable children over a PA system is appropriate. They couldn't have told children in person in the gym?

    I am connected with a few parents from the school. That is how my child got pulled out of school as I was unable to due to being at work. It's not hard to send out an automated email/phone call home to follow up with info to the parents.

  8. thank you Doug for clarifying this situation. Its sad she felt she had no other alternative, I really think everyone at one time or another has been laid off or perhaps fired, its hard but, life goes on and it usually ends up okay...I'll pray for her soul.



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