Teen Who Shot Himself At Local School Remains In Very Critical Condition

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TEMPLE (April 17, 2013)—A student who suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound Tuesday morning at Temple High School remained in very critical condition Wednesday in the intensive care unit of Scott & White Hospital in Temple, police said.

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Officers found the student Tuesday morning outside of the school near the rear of the gym and recovered a handgun, Temple police spokesman Cpl. Christopher Wilcox said.

The 15-year-old boy has not been identified, but the Temple ISD confirmed Wednesday he's a member of the school's ROTC program.

School administrators are looking into reports of possible bullying.

The teenager was taken by ambulance from the scene to Scott & White with what Wilcox described as “a very serious life threatening injury.”

Wilcox said the student’s parents were with him at the hospital.

The school was immediately locked down, but the lockdown was lifted at around 10:30 a.m. after the scene was deemed safe and classes continued as usual, a school district spokesman said.

Wilcox said several teachers and staff members both heard and saw the incident and they were being interviewed by police Tuesday morning.

Grief counselors were on hand at the school to speak with both students and faculty.

Several patrol officers and an ambulance were sent to the scene at the high school gym near the school's stadium at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Wilcox said.

The district issued a statement just before 9:15 a.m.

"A Temple High School student with a self-inflicted gunshot wound was taken to the hospital," it said.

"We have no further information and currently the school is under a soft lockdown. Please do not attempt to pick up your student at this time. School will continue as usual."

(Photo by Chinh Doan)
(Photo by Chinh Doan)