UPDATE: Student found shot at Appling Co. HS declared dead, coroner says

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An Appling County High School student found suffering from a gunshot wound Monday morning has been declared dead, according to the coroner.

The family has decided to keep the teen on life support to be an organ donor, Appling County Coroner Jared Murphy says.

Murphy says a cause of death has yet to be determined.

Mark Pro, Special Agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said the student was “reportedly found alone in the bathroom and no one reported hearing a gunshot.”  

“No other students were injured and there didn’t appear to be a threat to the student body at large,” Pro said, stressing, “This appears to be an isolated incident.”  

He added, “First responders did exactly what they were supposed to do. Our hearts go out to the student’s family.”

No other information about the student is being released at this time. The Baxley Police Department and Appling County Sheriff’s Office were among those who responded to the scene. 

Classes resumed Tuesday, September 25. School counselors from across Appling County will work with students who may need their assistance.

The message below was posted on the Appling County Schools’ Facebook page:

We wanted to provide an update on the incident today at Appling County High School. This was an isolated incident involving one student.
As a result of the incident, the student was transported to the hospital and then transported to Savannah.
Law Enforcement secured the campus and an assembly was held to assure students and staff of their safety. Counseling services were initiated and will continue to be provided as needed.
ACHS students were dismissed early due to the incident.
Appling County School System would like to offer our most sincere gratitude to the students, staff and law enforcement and community emergency personnel for assistance with this day’s event.
All students will return to school on Tuesday, September 25th to resume the normal schedule. Law enforcement will be highly visible throughout the school system. 
Parents, please know that your child’s safety is Appling County School System’s number one priority.
Anyone who sees something that would endanger another person, contact the School Resource Office or any staff member.

Scarlett Miles Copeland
Appling County School System

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