Student Killed In 'Accidental' Shooting At Alabama High School

Casey Dawson
March 9, 2018

A 17-year-old girl was shot-and-killed at Huffman High School in Birmingham, Alabama.

It was dismissal time at Huffman High School in Birmingham when two teenagers were shot in what appears to be an accident, Birmingham Police Chief Orlando Wilson said during a press conference.

Arrington was killed and another student was injured yesterday afternoon in the incident at Huffman High School in Birmingham. Just last week, as police and school officials investigated a reported threat at Huffman Middle School, a gun was found outside an entrance door, believed to have been left there as students prepared to be scanned and have their backpacks checked.

Wilson also noted that this school shooting was unlike those that have taken place nationwide. He would not say if the suspected shooter was a student, but added: "It's not a situation where someone from the outside came into the school".

Woodfin says Arrington would have turned 18 next month and had already been accepted to college. "Our hearts are heavy".

Police are planning to review security footage and to speak with witnesses before offering more information.

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The victim was given CPR at the scene before she was rushed to nearby UAB hospital along with the boy, who has reportedly been treated and released, before facing questioning by police.

"Right now we have a lot of unanswered questions", said Wilson, who has also been interviewing students at the school about the incident.

As a result of the tragic shooting, the school was closed on Thursday, March 8.

The Alabama school has working metal detectors and would be open on Thursday with heightened security and a crisis team on hand, Lisa Herring, superintendent of Birmingham City Schools, told reporters. "There are so many unknowns at this time". The female victim died, Wilson said. I'm praying for the family of this young lady who tragically lost her life way too early.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey released a statement Wednesday evening that she was saddened by the student's death.

The shooting took place just a day after Ivey created a school safety council in Alabama to make recommendations on security. In this photo, a sign hangs on a fence one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Feb. 27, 2018. Republicans would arm either teachers or volunteer security forces in schools. Measures sought by Democrats would seek to limit or ban the sale of assault weapons.

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