A seventh-grade student in Ohio shot himself in a school bathroom with a rifle early Tuesday, authorities say.
The student shot himself at approximately 7:50 a.m. at Jackson Memorial Middle School in the men's restroom. The student's condition was not immediately known, but he has been transferred from Mercy Medical Center to Akron Children's Hospital, according to theMassillon Independent.
Police searched the backpack of the student and found"distractionary type devices" thatJackson Township Police Chief Mark Brink said would not have done harm to others.
"Something that you could distract people with for whatever reason," he said during a press conference. "To me, a distraction device is something that’s going to smoke, make a bang and, you know, take your attentions somewhere else."
Brink said that the student used a .22-caliber rifle to shoot himself. He had arrived at the school on a bus, according to the Independent.
The middle school and high school in Jackson Township were locked down as a precaution, according to the school district. Extracurricular activities have been canceled for the day.
"A Jackson Memorial Middle School student suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound this morning," the school district said. "Safety Services are on the scene at this time. The Middle School and High School are on lockdown at this time. Students will be released to their parents in the near future. All four elementary schools will remain closed for today."
Many concerned parents gathered outside the school looking for information.© Bob Rossiter/AP An official talks with a motorist outside Jackson Township Middle School, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018.
"What a way to start your day," one father told the Independent.
There are approximately 1,400 students in the school, the largest middle school in the county.
"It’s hard as a parent not knowing what’s going on, and you’re hearing it from other sources," middle school parent Jennifer Moore told the newspaper. "You don’t know what’s true and what’s rumor. I don’t know how my daughter is handling it. I don’t know if she’ll feel safe coming back to school tomorrow. You never think it will come to your little town. I always thought Jackson was a safe place."
"They woudn’t tell us what was going on. I thought there was a school shooting. There was a lot of waiting," eighth-grader Alex Garcia told the Independent. "I didn’t have any idea there was someone with a gun until I was released."
A worried Jackson Township parent said he put body armor in his son's backpack, according to News 5 in Cleveland.
"You can't be too cautious. It's a sick world we live in," he told the station.
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