Central Texas high school student kills self on campus

Central Texas high school student kills self on campus
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 2:15pm

A 16-year-old student died Tuesday after a self-inflicted gunshot wound at Lanier High School. The shooting happened just after noon in the school's courtyard, Austin ISD said.

Counselors will be on hand until 6 p.m. to talk with students. A crisis team was also brought in to meet with faculty and staff to help them address the incident with their students.

"We are saddened by this tragic loss," superintendent Meria Carstarphen said. "Our thoughts are with the family."

District officials said in an afternoon briefing that there are no metal detectors at the school.

The school was placed on lockdown after the shooting. The lockdown was lifted about 1:30 p.m. and students were being released to their homes. AISD also said buses were available to transport Lanier students home. Parents were also being allowed to pick students up at the school.

Parents and team members were alerted about the incident via telephone, the district said. An e-mail from the district will be sent out later on Tuesday, officials said.

"My granddaughter called me and told me that there was a shooting at the school. So I couldn't believe it. I was in bed," said Linda Joseph. "So I jumped right out of bed and came right over here to see what the problem was."

Joseph waited outside the school to pick up her granddaughter, who was physically unharmed. Joseph says tonight she will try to talk about the what happened with her granddaughter tonight.

"First I teared up a little bit because I thought something might have happened to her and she didn't really want to let me know," Joseph said.

Lanier High School is located at 1201 Payton Gin Road in North Austin.

See the original story on Austin affiliate KXAN's Website.

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