LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) - A student who brought a gun to school accidentally shot himself, leading to chaos at a Lexington High School.
Law enforcement at the school responded and contained the scene within seconds. The situation was accidental, school officials say, but parents continue to express frustration that a student had a gun in school during a time where a debate on metal detectors is a hot topic.
One parent who spoke with LEX 18 said, "We have absolutely no confidence in the Fayette County School System to keep our kids safe."
During a press conference, Superintendent Manny Caulk said he is dedicated to getting metal detectors into schools, but it won't happen overnight. Earlier in the year, Fayette County Schools said it was not likely to happen due to the cost, but Caulk says he will look to support from the city and Mayor Jim Gray who has expressed support for the idea.
20% - 30% of students left for the day after the shooting, but a teacher says the instructional is continuing as planned. The student shot was taken to the hospital and has been charged with bringing a weapon on school grounds and wanton endangerment.
Another individual was arrested on scene in an unrelated incident but police did not elaborate.
Lisa Deffendall, the district spokesperson, released the following statement:
We are writing to make you aware of an incident that happened this morning during our advisory class. We had a student accidentally hurt himself a firearm. No other students or staff were injured. The student has been taken to the hospital and is receiving medical care at this time. He is also facing charges of possession of a weapon on school property and wanton endangerment. We are not in a lockdown because the threat has been removed. School safety is the number one priority at Douglass and we will continue to take steps to ensure that all students and staff are safe.