A 17–year-old Southern Boone student takes his own life after officers attempt to arrest him for making a threat to the Ashland schools.
Ashland Police learned about the threat at about 10:30 p.m. Monday, and decided it was credible. Southern Boone school officials canceled classes in the district Tuesday to be safe. Investigators, including bomb-sniffing dogs, didn’t find anything.
“Many resources were brought in to the high school building, as well as our middle school, elementary, and primary,” Superintendent Chris Felmlee says. “Our buildings are safe, and they have been thoroughly checked.”
Major Tom Reddin with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department says authorities went to the home of the teen they believed sent the text.
“The student, while obtaining some articles of clothing, also retrieved a small-caliber handgun that was kept in the residence, turned that handgun on himself, and discharged the firearm into his chest,” Reddin says.
The teen died at a nearby hospital after shooting himself at about 2:00 a.m. Tuesday.
We don’t know the name of the student who took his life. Southern Boone will be back in session Wednesday, with grief counselors on hand.
“One of our kids is hurting, and we’re doing everything we can to make sure that this doesn’t happen again,” Superintendent Felmlee says.
We have this statement from Governor Jay Nixon on the incident in Ashland…
“Our educators and law enforcement officials are dedicated to keeping the children of Missouri safe. This event reminds us of the vital nature of that responsibility. Tragic events of this nature demonstrate the serious manner in which these responsibilities should be carried out. The state of Missouri has made, and will continue to make, law enforcement and other resources available as necessary.”
Nixon has canceled his scheduled visit this (tue) afternoon to Fairview Elementary School in Columbia because of the situation in Ashland.