WARE SHOALS, S.C. (WSPA) – A South Carolina student died Wednesday after suffering a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a high school parking lot.
Ware Shoals High School, located in a town about 40 miles south of Greenville, was placed on lockdown around 8 a.m. shortly after the incident.
The student was taken to an area hospital, according to the school district. Just after noon, Ware Shoals Police Chief Bryan Louis said the student died.
Louis said the student was in a car along with another student when a school official approached the vehicle because they were late to school.
As the student was getting out of the car, a school safety coordinator confiscated a Juul. The school safety coordinator then noticed a handgun in the student’s waistband.
The student walked backward and shot himself in the head with a small-caliber semi-automatic handgun, the chief said.
The Greenwood County Coroner’s Office, SLED, DNR, the police department and the sheriff’s office responded to the school.
Ware Shoals School District released the following statement:
Our school district is shocked and deeply saddened by this tragic situation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family in this time of sadness.
We appreciate our students and staff remaining strong during this time. School counselors will be available throughout the day and tomorrow to speak with our students and staff. While this is a difficult time for our schools and district, our focus will continue to be ensuring that our students and staff feel safe and supported during this time.
Thank you to our law enforcement, our school administrators, counselors, ministers, and community their swift response to this situation. We appreciate their readiness and willingness to support us at a moment’s notice.
We want to make these resources available to anyone who needs them:
Beckman Center for Mental Health: 864-223-8331
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line: Text HOPE4SC to 741741 We encourage parents of those students affected by this to talk to their child, provide supervision, and reach out to the school if you need additional support.