Student shoots self in Ohio classroom


gunA student at an Ohio Catholic high school is in critical condition after police say he pulled out a gun and shot himself in his classroom.

A University of Cincinnati Medical Center spokeswoman reported the student’s condition Monday afternoon, about six hours after the shooting at La Salle High School west of Cincinnati.

She says his parents have provided a statement thanking people for their thoughts and prayers while asking for privacy. She didn’t release any other information about the student’s condition.

Police say there was no apparent threat to anyone else at the school. The high school went immediately into lockdown, and students have been dismissed to their parents.

The school posted a message on the announcement board in front of the building: "Please Pray for the Students of La Salle."

At around 8 a.m., "a student produced a gun inside one of the classrooms and shot himself, and we’re dealing with that now," Green Township Police Chief Bart West told reporters. School officials said the shooting was during the first class period of the day. No information was released on the gun the student had.

West said the student apparently was trying to kill himself. He said authorities weren’t aware of any threats against the school or other students. Authorities said all other students were safe.

Students, some in tears, gathered in the school gym. The school’s website said all students were safe and being released to parents "due to an attempted suicide involving one student."

A school official said counselors were meeting with students, and officials were talking to students to try to learn more about the student who shot himself.

 

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