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Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Seventh grader shoots himself in OH school, prompting lockdown

Seventh grader shoots himself in OH school, prompting lockdown

All four Jackson Township elementary schools are now closed and the high school is in the process of evacuating, officials said at the news conference.

The school, located in the city of Massillon, about 55 miles (90 km) south of Cleveland, went into lockdown after the shooting, before closing early for the day, police and school officials said.

A seventh-grade student shot and wounded himself inside a school bathroom in OH on Tuesday morning with a gun he brought to school, but no one else was injured, police said.

Jackson Middle School is the largest middle school in Stark County, Ohio, with approximately 1,400 students and 130 teachers and staff.

No one else was injured in the incident at 7:51 a.m. local time. "Students who rode the bus can be picked up at the high school by their parents".

Police have not said if the shooting was intentional but said the student was carrying a "distractionary device" in his backpack. Many nervous parents waking to see their kids.

Cars are wrapped around residential areas surrounding Jackson Memorial Middle School. "'Come get me in, like, an hour".

Police in OH say a 7th-grader apparently brought a gun to school and shot himself inside a bathroom. "I thought it would never happen here but obviously, that is not the case", said Larkins, who was emotional at the thought of what could've happened.

Police emphasized the device wasn't an explosive that would've harmed anyone.

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