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Cincinnati Student in Critical Condition After Shooting Himself in Class

Ann Thompson / WVXU

La Salle High School was put on lockdown after a student shot himself in the head during class earlier today.

A student at La Salle High School in Cincinnati is in critical condition after he pulled out a gun during class this morning and shot himself in the head.

The student was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, and school officials say all other students at the Catholic all-boys school are safe.

School spokesman Greg Tankersley told our colleagues at WVXU that no other students were threatened.  They have been sent home with parents.

“It’s a very tragic situation for a Monday morning,” Tankersley told WVXU. “We’re doing everything we can. Our number one priority is with that student that was involved and then with the students in the building.”

The student’s parents have released a statement asking that his name not be released to the media.

“We thank all of you for your thoughts and prayers. We ask that the media please respect our privacy at this time, so we can do what we need to do for our son and family. We also ask that friends of our son please refrain from Facebook and Twitter comments. We appreciate the heroic efforts of the UC Medical Center staff as they care for our son.”

According to WLWT, the student stood up in a first period computer lab and shot himself in the head. WLWT reports 22 students witnessed the shooting.

The Cincinnati Enquirer has this description of a 911 call placed by a group of students and their teacher:

One call came from a group of about 20 distressed students and a teacher who had locked themselves in a nearby classroom.

“We’re huddled in a corner,” a young man named Ben whispered to a Hamilton County dispatcher in one call, before handing the phone to another student who said he had been in the computer lab when the shooter pulled out a gun.

“I believe my teacher tried to subdue him,” Andrew told the dispatcher. “I ran out of the room.”

Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Dr. Jim Rigg told WVXU that LaSalle is a tremendous and strong school.

“It’s unfortunately a school that has faced certain tragedies before, but it’s a school that always impresses me with it’s faith and strength and I know that the students will rally together with the community to move forward,” Rigg said, referring to the death of another student from a drug deal gone bad earlier this year.

Police told reporters they will sweep the school with a K-9 unit tonight to look for any bombs or explosives left behind, though they don’t expect to find anything. School officials say they plan to resume school tomorrow morning.

 

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