Law enforcement and school officials stand outside of LaSalle High School Monday morning following an attempted suicide by a student in a classroom.
(Cincinnati, Oh.) - LaSalle High School in Cincinnati will reopen as scheduled Tuesday, just one day after a student tried to take his own life in a packed classroom.
School spokesman Greg Tankersley says it's for the best of the other students.
“We will begin in the morning with an all-school prayer service to talk about the incident. We think it’s important to have our young men back in the building so we can talk with them and help them deal with their situation,” Tankersley said.
Tankersley says grief counselors from neighboring schools and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will be in the building through the week to talk with students and staff. Administrators will work closely with the community to bring about healing.
“We take this very seriously,” he said.
The all-boy Catholic school in Cincinnati was taken over by police after a student attempted suicide with a gun in a full classroom shortly after the start of classes Monday morning.
Parents and students say texting and social media were their outlets to let people know what was happening in the school and that they were safe. Senior John Norman says he arrived late, missing the incident, but heard about it from classmates.
“I just hoped everyone was alright and none of my friends were hurt,” he said.
More is being learned about the troubled student who stood up in the classroom, produced a gun, and shot himself. School officials do not believe the teenager was an obvious suicide risk.
“He was an honors level student. Had over 80 hours of community service. Highly involved in the school. This is not something we would have anticipated,” said Tankersley.
The student is in critical condition at UC Medical Center. His family has asked that he not be identified.
School officials posted a Facebook message late Monday asking for thoughts and prayers:
Thank you to all the families, alumni, friends and 1,000's of others who showered our school today with prayers. Please keep the young man and his family in your continued prayers.
Pray for all teens and those dealing with the many challenges of life.
Take the time to tell your son and/or daughter you love them. Cherish the many blessings our good Lord gives us everyday. Take nothing for granted.
May God bless each and everyone of our students and their families.