Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Alabama High School Shooting That Killed Graduating Senior Deemed 'Accidental'

Alabama High School Shooting That Killed Graduating Senior Deemed 'Accidental'

The shootings came just as classes were letting out for the day, and the school was placed on temporary lockdown.

Wilson said Wednesday that investigators considered the shooting accidental, but he did elaborate.

It is not known who brought the gun to campus, but Chief Wilson suggested that it was someone who belonged in the school building.

The teenager has been identified as Courtlin Arrington, an aspiring nurse, according to reports. The school system said Huffman would be closed Thursday "to conduct a thorough safety sweep".

"We're hoping if we have footage, that it will reveal it", he said.

The shooting comes as tension is high in schools after a gunman with an assault-style rifle killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida, on February 14.

A student told WVTM-TV, "I heard the shot and it's more like, 'I gotta fear for myself now.' And I need to get out of the school".

A school official confirmed there are working metal detectors onsite.

The students were accidentally shot inside the school.

A later statement from Birmingham City Schools, posted to Twitter, said: "Huffman High School will close tomorrow [March 8] for students and staff". "We're not just talking about some person, we're talking about losing a part of our future", said Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin. "Our hearts are heavy", Woodfin said. We send our kids to school and things of this nature happen.

She said the city's schools would be open Thursday.

Gov. Kay Ivey also offered her prayers to Arrington's family as tributes poured in on social media. I'm praying for the family of this young lady who tragically lost her life way too early. The security plan would ensure schools have an updated security response plan for sharing information about potential threats. According to, a 17-year-old boy was hospitalized for injuries sustained during the incident, and a school employee was treated on the scene for an injury. Varying proposals by 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. Alabama lawmakers said they would review and consider Florida's legislation.

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