Student shoots self in Ohio; North Carolina students walk out; Florida school locked down; officials propose solutions
Schools across the country continued to deal with gun-related incidents and protests Tuesday, almost a week after 17 students were killed in a Parklad, Fla., shooting.
An Ohio middle school student shot himself in a boy’s restroom at about 7:50 a.m. EST, 10 minutes before school was scheduled to begin, according to officials. Authorities did not know the condition of the student, who they said had been transported by helicopter from Mercy Medical Center in Canton to Akron Children’s Hospital.
Groups of students walked out of two separate North Carolina high schools to protest mass shootings and gun violence: about 50 Polk County High School students were greeted by an equal number of supporters upon their departure, and roughly a dozen students at Belmont’s South Point High School held signs and chanted at passing cars.
School districts and local police in several states also continued to respond to suspicious circumstances and threats of violence.
According to authorities, a quarter of the student body skipped school at Pierson, Fla.’s Taylor Middle High after warnings on social media said to stay away from the school. DeLand (Florida) High School briefly went into lockdown when a student was carrying what turned out to be a gun-shaped cell phone case, police said.
A Williams High School student in Burlington, North Carolina, prompted lockdowns Tuesday at the high school, the Alamance-Burlington Career and Technical Education Center and Andrews Elementary School by telling another student there was a BB gun in a backpack, which a teacher overheard, police said.
A female high-school student in Fredericktown, Ohio, was arrested after police found written threats. Two 11-year-old girls in Manatee County, Florida, were identified in social media threats against a charter school, and charges are pending, the sheriff’s office said. Shelby (North Carolina) High School raised security after a threat was found on Facebook late Monday night.
One Sarasota, Florida, sheriff recommended a “quasi-school security program” that puts retired law enforcement and military veterans on school campuses, and the mayor of Streetsboro, Ohio, in a Facebook post made a call for “armed guards” in local schools.