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March 8, 2007

Shooting shocks GHS

GREENVILLE — A Greenville High School junior shot and killed himself at school Wednesday morning.

The male student, whose name the Herald-Banner has chosen not to publish, entered the instrument room, which is a storage area for band instrumets located next to the school’s band hall, around 7:15 a.m. and shot himself, according to a statement released by the district.

Initial reports had indicated that the student shot himself in front of several of his peers, but Greenville Police Chief Harold Roseberry said officers have not found any students who actually saw the incident take place.

The student was then taken to Presbyterian Hospital of Greenville, where he was pronounced dead around 8 a.m.

“Our thoughts, prayers and concerns are with the student’s immediate family as well as his extended school family,” the district said in its statement.

Both students and parents seemed shaken by the incident, and the scene was chaotic at first.

“People were leaving because they were upset and probably because they were freaked out,” said Nathan Moorman, a senior at the school, who was waiting with friends for the OK to enter the school for the day.

Students could be seen leaving the school crying, and most were talking on their cell phones. More than 100 parents immediately drove to school to pick up their children.

The rush to pick up the students resulted in a car crash in front of the school in which one person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

One parent even took off her high-heeled shoes and sprinted to the door to pick up her child. Another was waiting in the parking lot in her pajamas.

Roseberry was even called to the scene to help direct traffic.

But, by 11 a.m., the street around the school was mostly empty. By 1:30 p.m., many of the students had already left school for the day, so district administrators released students an hour early.

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