Mon April 29, 2013
Student hospitalized after shooting himself in La Salle HS classroom
Update: During a televised news conference, La Salle spokesman Greg Tankersley said the school will not release the name of the student who shot himself this morning, at his parents' request. Tankersley said the boy, still in critical condition, is an honors student, with 80 hours of community service.
All after-school activities have been canceled Monday night. Police say although they don't expect to find any explosive devices or additional weapons, they will have a canine team search the high school tonight. The semiautomatic the student used has already been recovered.
School will reopen Tuesday morning with a prayer service.
Update: The parents of the LaSalle student who shot himself Monday morning have issued a statement through the UC Medical Center.
"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."
The student remains in critical condition.
Update : Green Township Police, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department, LaSalle, and Cincinnati Archdiocese officials said in a news conference today they continue to investigate the incident in which a student stood up in class and shot himself.
No other students were injured or threatened. According to Greg Tankersley, school spokesman, "It's a very tragic situation for a Monday morning. 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."
Tankersley says students were dismissed on a controlled basis. As soon as a parent or guardian came to pick them up they could go. Grief counselors were being dispatched to the school to counsel the students still at school.
Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Dr. Jim Rigg said, "LaSalle is a tremendous school. It's a 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."
School officials say the student involved in the self-inflicted shooting is fighting for his life at University Hospital. He is listed in critical condition.
A LaSalle High School student is at University of Cincinnati Medical Center after bringing a gun to the school and shooting himself inside a classroom Monday morning.
No one else was injured and police have recovered the weapon.
The school was briefly put on lock-down but police say the situation over and students are being held in the gym until their parents arrive.
WVXU's Ann Thompson is on the scene and will have more details throughout the day. Tune to 91.7 WVXU at 1 p.m. for the latest.