Student shoots self in front of class

CINCINNATI — A student at an all-male Catholic high school pulled out a gun in front of other students in his first-period classroom this morning and shot himself in an apparent suicide attempt, police said.

The youth was taken to a hospital, and there appeared to be no threat to other students at La Salle High School, an archdiocese school just west of Cincinnati.

The school was immediately put on lockdown as a precaution, police said.

Students were later dismissed for the day, and 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 immediately on the type of gun the student had.

West said the student apparently was trying to kill himself, but he had no other information on why he fired the shot. He said authorities weren’t aware of any threats made concerning the school or any 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”. (AP)

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