US student shoots himself in classroom

2013-04-29 22:26

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Chicago - An Ohio high school student shot himself in front of his classmates in a failed suicide attempt on Monday, officials said.

"It was a very isolated incident," said Greg Tankersley, a spokesperson for LaSalle High School, a private all-boys academy in Cincinnati.

"There were no threats."

The shooting happened in a classroom during the first period of the day, he told journalists.

"He's fighting for his life," Tankersley said of the student.

"Please keep this young man and his mom and dad in your prayers."

Local media reported that the boy shot himself in the head.

Parents were notified of the incident and asked to come pick up their children, who were dismissed for the day after a brief lockdown.

The archdiocese was providing grief counsellors for any students who needed them, Tankersley said.

Police said they had not yet determined how the boy obtained the gun.

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