AUSTIN (October 15, 2013)—A student shot himself to death Tuesday outside of the cafeteria at Lanier High School in Austin.
High school junior Alex Hernandez told the Austin American-Statesman the boy was sitting alone in a courtyard outside the cafeteria when he pulled out a handgun.
No one else was injured, school officials said.
The school was temporarily locked down because of the suicide and after the lockdown was lifted, students were released to go home, Austin ISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen said in a statement posted on the district’s website.
“Based on the information available to us at this time, I regret to inform you that a student shot himself at Lanier High School a short while ago. The student has succumbed to the wound,” the statement said.
“We are saddened by this tragic loss. Our thoughts are with the family.”