Student shoots self in Stark County middle school

A Jackson Memorial Middle School school official says the student is being treated at a hospital

Armed Robbery, Shooting Generic

MASSILLON, Ohio (AP) – A Stark County school district will reopen for class on Wednesday after a seventh-grader shot himself in the middle school Tuesday morning.

Police say the seventh-grader at Jackson Middle School apparently brought a .22 caliber gun to school and shot himself inside a bathroom.

Jackson Township police say the student had a device in his backpack to cause a distraction, but stress it wasn’t an explosive that would harm anyone.

Parents rushed to the school near Massillon to pick up their children after the district sent out a notice about the shooting.

“Oh yeah, I was terrified. I was terrified, you know, instantly,” a mother of an eighth-grader said. That’s a very real feeling, and you don’t know and, I mean, I just want my kid to come out and I want to see that he’s okay. I mean, it’s one thing for them to say he’s okay, but you keep seeing police go into the school and you keep seeing no kids coming out.”

Investigators say no other students were hurt and they don’t know yet whether the shooting was intentional.

Authorities and school officials say they don’t know whether the student was alone at the time of the shooting.

The boy was taken to the hospital but his condition is not being released.

There were no metal detectors in the school.

Counselors and mental health professionals will be on hand as kids return Wednesday, and there will be a heavier law enforcement presence.

Massillon is located about 50 miles south of Cleveland.

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