Student Shot at Alabama Elementary School

Student Shot at Alabama Elementary School

Superintendent Christy Finley said the shooting took place in a restroom, and the involved students are in second grade. The gun was immediately taken into custody and the gym teacher sought medical treatment for the student who was injured, Finley said.

A student was shot in the hand in an accidental shooting at an elementary school in Huntsville, Ala., on Monday morning, according to authorities. The student’s injuries weren’t life-threatening, Huntsville Police Chief Mark McMurray said.

Officers were called to Blossomwood Elementary at about 10:30 a.m. Monday. A student brought the gun from home, and the shooting took place during gym class as one student was handing the gun to another, Lt. Michael Johnson said.

The student didn’t mean to hurt anyone and the gun fired accidentally, according to McMurray. It was not yet clear to whom the pistol belonged.

Superintendent Christy Finley said the shooting took place in a restroom, and the involved students are in second grade. The gun was immediately taken into custody and the gym teacher sought medical treatment for the student who was injured, Finley said.

Finley delivered information to parents in a recorded phone message Monday night.

"We never put the campus on lockdown because this was an accident," she said in her message. "Once the accident occurred, no other students were in danger. The school was safe and class continued for our students."

Classes continued through the end of the day and resumed as normal Tuesday morning, school officials said.

Finley said she is working with other school officials to implement a clear backpack policy throughout the school district. She also plans to form a task force to work on holding parents accountable for gun safety.

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