Student attempts suicide at Smithville JR High School
Parents rushed to Smithville Junior High Wednesday morning after getting word of an attempted suicide on campus.
Before parents were notified through the automated phone system, there was a brief lockdown while officials determined that no one else was in danger. They say the student was rushed to the hospital with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Officials made the decision not to close the school, but told parents they could come get their kids. School staff greeted parents, assuring them that their children were ok.
According to district officials no other students witnessed the shooting. Still, parents and students we spoke with were in shock.
Officials say the district will take steps to provide extra support for the students during this time.
"This afternoon we will have adults accompany students home on buses. They will be constantly with adults. We will also have specially trained counselors available on hand for the remainder of the week," Smithville ISD Superintendent Dr. Rock McNulty said.