Motive is yet to be determined. Did this kid deserve what happened to him?
Dallas Independent School District police plan to add extra officers Tuesday at an Oak Cliff high school after a shooting at the school Monday morning.
Police say a 15-year-old student brought a loaded .22 caliber pistol, a Derringer, to Justin F. Kimball High School with him.
The student then accidentally shot himself in the hand and leg in a classroom at about 10:30 a.m. He was rushed to hospital.
“His injuries are quite serious,” said Dallas ISD Police Chief Craig Miller. “But they are non-life threatening injuries.”
Officers are still investigating why the 15-year-old brought the loaded gun with him to school in the first place, and also where he got the weapon. He now faces mandatory expulsion.
Police say they haven’t decided on any charges yet for the student or his parents.
There is a metal detector at the front door entrance to Kimball High School.
Miller said the student arrived with a parent Monday morning after the first period bell had already rung to begin the school day, and it appears no one stopped the student as he walked through the detector.
“We want to talk to the person who was there monitoring the metal detector stand. We certainly want to make sure the metal detector was working,” Miller said.
A Dallas ISD statement said that “procedures for use of the metal detectors was not applied” in this case.
Many parents are outraged.
“Having just one metal detector at the door is just unacceptable. The school needs to be brought up to par,” said parent Eva Alexandro, who rushed to Kimball after her 16-year-old daughter texted her about the shooting.
“She just said, ‘Mom, I’m at the gym. I’m hiding. I’m scared, but I’m safe,'” Alexandro said.
Miller said the student was in a classroom with about 25 other students when he accidentally shot himself with the small-caliber pistol.
“The student came in this morning for a parent-teacher conference. The metal detectors are monitored differently after school starts,” he said. “The student, in this instance, came into the school building for this meeting with a parent, and the metal detectors weren’t being observed at that point.”