The Baytown Sun (Baytown, Tex.), Vol. 69, No. 164, Ed. 1 Friday, May 10, 1991 Page: 1 of 16
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Volume 69, No. 164
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Telephone Number: 422-8302
Friday, May 10, 1991
Baytown, Texas 77520
Local teacher stabbed
By Betsy Claggett
of The Baytown Sun
A 14-year-old student at Highlands Junior
School was taken into custody by Harris
County sheriff’s deputies Thursday after a
teacher was stabbed in a seventh grade
The victim, Julia Tromblee, 65, a science
teacher, sustained a stab wound in the chest.
She was taken to San Jacinto Methodist
Hospital and was reported in good condition
At about 10 a.m., the suspect had been
asked to take a seat at his desk, Sgt. Skip
Oliver said. The suspect was uncooperative
and was again told to take a seat.
At that point, he pulled out a folding knife *
and allegedly stabbed the teacher in the
chest, Oliver said.
Other students in the class attempted to
subdue the suspect, but as the teacher was
leaving the room, the suspect threw the
knife at her back and it nicked her back
shoulder, Oliver said.
The suspect broke free from the students,
picked up the knife, then followed the
teacher, who was making her way to the
next classroom, Oliver said.
She was able to enter the room and shut
the door beforigjhe suspect caught up to her,
he said. A nearby teacher, alerted by the
commotion caused by the incident, caught
the suspect and held him in the school office
until police arrived, Oliver said.
Thirty children were in the classroom
when the stabbing occurred, Kathy Clausen,
a spokesman for the Baytown school dis-
A crisis counseling team was brought in
immediately to talk to the students, she said.
On Thursday alone, more than 100 children
received counseling and the team will
remain at the school as long as it is needed.
“We’ll do whatever we need to do to
support the kids,” Ms. Clausen said.
The district is taking an aggressive stand
against weapons on campus, Ms. Gauscn
said. “We will not tolerate this in our
schools,” she said.
Mrs. Tromblee, who has been with the
Baytown school district since 1964, had
already announced her intentions to retire at
the end of the school year, Ms. Clausen said.
A party had been scheduled for Thursday
night as an early celebration of her retire-
ment, she said.
The case has been referred to the Harris
County Juvenile Probation Department,
Julia Tromblee, in
talks to concern
Photo by Nancy Helnar Hawks
r room at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital,
Tromblee: Tm fine,
just a little bit sore’
By Nancy Hefner Hawks
of The Baytown Sun
door of the room. One student,
seeing that he was about to
reach Ms. Tromblee in an
Julia Tromblee, the Highlands attempt to stab her in the back,
Junior School science teacher used a knee block to stop the
who was stabbed, said Friday, student. After recovering from
“I’m fine, just a little bit sore.” his fall, the knife-wielding stu-
dent threw the knife which
grazed Ms. Tromblec’s back as
she left the room.
Ms. Tromblee said Friday she
is doing fine and expects to ha
punclired and that therifc is
hidden damage,” Ms. Tfbmb
City Manager Bobby Rountree, right, and Flora Wilhite, director of the Sterling Municipal Library, hold the library door open
for Kenneth Roach and Lee College president Dr. Vivian Blevins, who are wheeling in some of the materials from the LC
LCr municipal library in joint venture
Lee College library is moving back hoffte from its temporary
quarters at Moler Hall, but some of the volumes will get there via a
roundabout route. ■*- -
Until the move is complete this summer to the newly renovated
facility, a number of resource materials will be housed at Sterling
LC reference materials are being placed on reserve at the public
library, where the college will have its own reference desk.
“We may not be completely in the new.library until early July,”
said Kenneth Roach, LG learning resource director. “However, we
will be operating in there before'then and we will also be in Sterling
Municipal Library until we’re completely operating.”
Services will be available to LC students and faculty during the
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Whitney Razo has two
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FRIDAY NIGHT: Increasing
clouds, late nigbt fog, low
in 70s. Saturday: Early
morning fog, mostly cloudy
with 30 percent chance of
rain, hign in mid-80s.
From 8 a.m. Thursday to
8 a.m. Friday, high of 80,
low of 66. Rainfall: 0.02 of
U.S. Rep. Jack Fields says
Brady Bill an ‘erosion of
Second Amendment rights’
' (Story on Page 5-A)
public library's regular hours.-
Flora Wilhite, public library director, says she and her staff are
_ looking forward to sharing the space with Lee College. „
“We think it will be an exciting join project which will bring the
libraries and their staffs closer together. We think it will be
beneficial to both the public library and the college library.
“The public library has always been so cooperative with Lee
College and this is just one more example of that partnerships,” said
Roach. “Baytown is really blessed by having such a comprehensive
library for a city this size, which is also so well managed.”
During the 1990-91 year, Moler Hall has served as temporary
quarters for the LC library.
Doug Walker new
plant manager here
Mrs. Tromblee was stabbed
by a student in her classroom
late Thursday morning.
Just the day before, Ms.
Tromblee said, the student had _
gotten mad at her and called her home in three to four days.
“an old bat” so she sent him to ”'Tn" ------------’ ’
the office. “He (the student) just
never wanted to do what I
•wanted , him to do,” she said.
“This student repeatedl
interrupts valuable class time b
wadding up pieces of paper and
bringing them, all the way to the
front of the classroom to throw
them away,” added Ms. Trorn^-
Thursday’s incident came as
a complete surprise to Ms., come out of all this — maybe
Tromblee, as well as her stu- now he will get the help that he
As for the student, Ms.
Tromblee said that regardless of
whatever measures are taken,
The doctors are only keeping
me here (in the hospital) to
makey sure that a lung wasn’t
“As I lay her last night think-
ing about his (the student’s)
family, I realized that no one
realized how much he needed
help,” Ms. Tromblee said.
Maybe that’s the good that will
After she made repeated
requests to the student, - -a
seventh-grader, to take his seat,
Ms. Tromblee said, “I told him
“he must realize that he can’t
that I was really getting tired of get away with it.”
going through this. And that’s She says that the school dis-
trict has been wonderful. “The
school district has counselors at-
the school to help the students
adjust to what happened. Every
one with the school district has,
been fabulous. They are the'true
By Mark Schlachtenhaufen
of The Baytown Sun
Doug Walker, a former Basic
Chemicals division manager at
Exxon Chemicals Baytown
Plant, is the new manager of the
Baytown Olefins Plant. *
Effective May i, Walker suc-
ceeded Werner Knoblock, who
transferred to Exxon Chemicals
International Inc. in Brussels,
Belgium, an Exxon spokeswo-
man said. -Knoblock will
become operation director of.
Basic Chemicals European,, a
business division of the com-
Walker said the coming days
will be an educational experi-
ence. . —
“I will be learning about all
of the people and become a part
of the BOP (Baytown Olefin
Plant) organization, and have it
continue on its path of excellent
performance,” Walker said.
Walker said he will oversee
all aspects of plant manufactur-
ing, safety, environmental per-
formance and monitor product
“There’s an awfii
Team, butl’m looking for-
ward to it very much,” he said.
A native of Washington D.C.,
Walker holds a bachelor’s
degree in chemical engineering
from Bucknc.ll University and a
master’s in chemical engineer-.
1ng from Cornell University.
He joined Exxon in 1968 at
New Jersey’s Bayway Chemical
Plant. In 1976, he transferred to
the company’s Houston' head-
quarters as planning and chemi-
cal division manager in the
way New Jersey plant in 1979
as solvents and olefins depart-
ment head and also served as
solvents and olefins division
manager. In 1985, he was trans-
ferred to Exxon’s Baytown
In his spare time, Walker
enjoys outdoor activities like
baseball, basketball, hunting and
fishing. He said he watches
Rockets basketball games
whenever possible and also is an
“I’m a die-hard Rockets fan,”,
he said. Fishing offers him a
change of pace because “it’s
relaxing and gives me time to
There’s' skill and patience
involved in that.”
when he told me that he was
getting tired of me, too.”
Ms. Tromblee says that the
student very calmly and delib-
erately pulled out a “huge hunt-
ring knife and pulled it open as
he came towards me. I must
have frozen, and as a re:
stabbed me in the chest.
“He just seemed to be out of
it,” Ms. Tromblee added, . . '
She says, “1 immediately
knew I had to get him out of the
classroom, but I also knew that
meant that I would have to get
-As students overtook the stu-
dent in an effort to take the
knife from him, he managed to
1 must Jheroes in all of this. All the kids
SjilLb€'""and teachers have been just
•great and they’re taking it really
“The real tragedy in all of this -
is whaf it has done to the kids. It
seems that the only time anyone
hears about Baytown is when
something bad happens. That’s
the only time anyone is inter-
ested. And I want everyone to
know that we still have the best
get away just as she reached the. .school around.”
Pasadena boy dies
in car-truck crash
was killed and several other
people were injured, including a
Highlands man, in a car-pickup
truck collision at about 9jun.
Thurs.day.on Battleground Road,
according- to- Houston police.
Jaime Sanchez was killed in
the accident, police said.
He was a passenger in a 1978
Ford LTD, driven by Jesse
Sanchez, 27, of Pasadena.
The Ford was southbound on
Battleground Road when it col-
lided with a northbound Chev-
rolet pickup truck, driven by
Ronald Hooks, 20, of High-
lands, said Houston Police
Officer C.C. Gilbert.'
helicopter to Houston’s Her-
mann Hospital at about 10:15
p.m. Thursday. Deer Park
ambulance took Donna Sanchez,
25, of Pasadena, and two chil-
dren, one 4 months old and the
other 4 years old, also of
Pasadena, to the hospital.
The 9-year-old boy died at
Hermann Hospital at 10:20 p.m.
Thursday night, Gilbert said.
Jesse Sanchez was listed in
stable condition Friday. Donna
Sanchez was not admitted, a
hospital spokeswoman said.
Hooks was listed in critical
condition at Hermann Hospital
ejected from.the,car, police said. Gilbert said both vehicles were
He was transported, along with -severely damaged/
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Brown, Leon. The Baytown Sun (Baytown, Tex.), Vol. 69, No. 164, Ed. 1 Friday, May 10, 1991, newspaper, May 10, 1991; Baytown, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth1061883/m1/1/: accessed April 26, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Sterling Municipal Library.