(Green Township, Oh.) - A LaSalle High School honors student remains in critical condition at University Hospital Medical Center after trying to take his own life in front of his classmates.
Students returned to class the day after the incident Tuesday. They began the day with a mass.
Hundreds of students and staff again returned Tuesday evening to pray for the 17-year-old boy and his family. They also sought to comfort one another after Monday morning’s tragedy.
The student’s family continues to ask that his name be withheld. Many media outlets have honored that request because of the student’s age and attempted suicide.
"We love our son very much and have always been proud of him. We are grateful for all who continue to keep our son and our family in your prayers,” a family statement said.
The statement went on to ask that everybody respect the family’s privacy by refraining from Twitter and Facebook posts.
The Archbishop of Cincinnati, Rev. Dennis Schnurr, said the archdiocese is saddened by the shooting.
“We pray for the young man’s recovery, not only from the self-inflicted wound but also from the personal challenges that led him to take this action. We also pray for his family and friends, for the other students and the teacher in the classroom at the time, and for the entire La Salle school community. Through the grace of God, may they all find healing, strength, and courage,” Schnurr said in a statement.
Green Township Police said Tuesday that the teen brought a .45-caliber handgun from his home in Cleves and shot himself once in the head during a class. It is unclear who the gun was registered to.
The shooting remains under investigation. An initial report based on the account of the teacher who witnessed the shooting said the student produced the gun and pulled the trigger once, but the gun did not fire. The student then chambered a round and fired a second time into his head.