LECANTO, FL – Another school shooting. This one in a Florida high school. And this time the victim turned out to be the shooter.
A 15-year-old freshman shot himself in the head during English class in Lecanto High School.
"We kind of all just rushed to the back of the room and I hit the corner with my friend and sister to make sure I was with them,” said Julia Schlabach, a student at the school.
Police say it was an isolated incident, and that the boy was talking after the shooting.
"He was alert and appeared to be cognizant of what was going on around him,” said Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy.
Sheriff Dawsy says investigators don’t know why the student tried to kill himself, but the incident shows that there’s still more work to be done to keep guns off campus.
"If I had an answer for you as to how I could keep guns of campus, I'd be sharing with a lot of people. I don't have the answer at this particular time,” Dawsy said.
Authorities aren’t calling it an attempted suicide. They also say there’s no indication of bullying or aggression.
Family friends describe the boy as happy and from a loving family. Nothing to say what triggered this. The good news is that he’s alive with a chance to work it out.