As the country continues its debate about the accessibility of firearms in the U.S. and the dangers that poses to children, news reports say yet another incident has occurred to add to that debate.
At Frederick Douglas High School in Lexington, Kentucky, a high school student shot himself accidentally during class while “playing” with a firearm he brought to school.
— Ryan Schmelz (@rschmelztv) March 9, 2018
According to CBS News:
‘No one else was injured, and Lexington Police spokeswoman Brenna Angel said police were informed that the student was was hospitalized with an injury that is not thought to be life-threatening.
‘A student who was in a classroom at the same time the gunshot occurred told CBS affiliate WLKY another student was playing with the gun before it accidentally fired. The student playing with the gun suffered a hand injury, the witness told the station.
‘Deffendall said the student will face charges of possessing a weapon on school property and wanton endangerment.
‘She said the school is not in lockdown because the threat has been removed.’
— Lauren Minor WKYT (@LaurenMinorWKYT) March 9, 2018
The questions remain as to how the student had access to the firearm and how he was able to get it into any building with other children. This incident follows a string of others, including news of a teacher with a firearm in Georgia and the shooting of a 17-year-old high school student in Birmingham, Alabama.
All of those incidents follow the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead and 13 injured.
#BREAKING: Fayette County Public School says there was an accidental shooting at #Lexington's Frederick Douglas High School. Non one other than the student, who shot themselves, was hurt and the school is not locked down. @840WHAS @NewsRadioWLAP #Kentucky pic.twitter.com/GGIgQOTG7N
— Will Clark (@WClark840WHAS) March 9, 2018
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