Coweta Intermediate High School in Coweta, Oklahoma was put on lockdown this morning after police responded to an “officers needed” call around 8:30 a.m. local time. Local reports indicated that shots may have been fired.
At 2 p.m., police confirmed that a 15-year-old 9th grade male had died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The body was reportedly discovered in the school restroom.
Superintendent Jeff Holmes was inundated by questions about bullying at the press conference, but reiterated that the school has a “zero tolerance” policy and is in complete compliance with state recommendations. He refused to speculate on the child’s motive.
Earlier that day, Coweta Police Lt. Donnie Krumsiek said officers responded immediately and “within seconds” of the call, there were three policemen at the school.
“Everything is under control,” he assured. “The schools did an outstanding job, immediately going into lockdown.”
Krumsiek added that multiple departments are working on the investigation, including the FBI.
Here is video of the first presser, via KJRH:
Coweta Public Schools sent out this message Monday morning, according to NewsOn6:
“This is Jeff Holmes, Superintendent of Coweta Schools. I regret to inform you that we have a tragic incident at our intermediate high school today.
All 9th grade students have been moved to the high school gymnasium where they will be able to checked out from the northwest lobby by a parent at this time. All other schools will remain in session throughout today.
All bus routes will run at the normal time at the end of the day for students including any 9th grade students who have not been checked out from the high school gymnasium. We will have press conferences soon to release more information.”
Class was cancelled for the remainder of the day, though other schools in the district were unaffected.
Holmes said he was “completely unprepared” to tackle issues of gun violence in schools at the most recent press conference.
“We have prepared and planned and trained for instances like this,” Krumsiek said simply. “Unfortunately a life was lost, but it could have been a lot worse.”
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