The Huffman High School shooting claimed the life of 17-year-old teenager Courtlin Arrington. Another student, who was shot in the leg, is out of the hospital and recovering. The sad passing of Arrington has people wondering about her. Below are some facts about the Alabama school shooting victim.
On Wednesday afternoon, students and staff of Huffman High School in Birmingham were grappled with fear when shots were fired after 3:00 p.m.
17-year-old Courtlin Arrington lost her life, and a 17-year-old boy, who is a junior on the football team, injured his leg.
The 17-year-old male was reportedly showing off his gun when it accidentally discharged and fatally hit Arrington. While putting the weapon away, he allegedly shot himself in the leg. He was discharged from the hospital sometime before 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night, and later interrogated at police headquarters.
When the gunshots were heard, students still at the school were taken to classrooms and the building was put on a temporary lockdown. The gun was recovered from the school by police.
As of now, officials are reviewing the surveillance footage to get more details. Many are heartbroken to hear that Courtlin Arrington lost her life.
Graduation in May
Courtlin Arrington was a senior expecting to graduate in May. She already had offers from colleges and had big dreams of becoming a nurse. In a month’s time, she would have turned 18.
On Facebook, she went by the name Courtlin La’shawn. She was from Birmingham, Alabama and lived in New Orleans, Louisiana. She listed Lawson State Adult Education Program as her school, which means it’s possible that she planned on attending in the fall.
Arrington worked as a Sales Manager at Foot Locker and was a manager at Nike. She was a typical teenager who posted many photos of herself and friends on Facebook.
In fact, like every teenager, Arrington was also excited to go to prom later this month. But, sadly, she won’t be able to wear her dress.
How She Died
Courtlin Arrington was shot and given CPR at the scene as well as while going to the hospital. However, efforts to revive her were not successful. She was taken to UAB Hospital in a Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service truck.
Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin said, “We lost a person, not just a person, but a student. Someone’s daughter, someone’s best friend. She was 30 days away from being 18 and had been accepted into college. We need to wrap our arms around Huffman High School.”
Social Media Posts
After learning about her death, a lot of Arrington’s friends took to social media with tributes. Many more, some who didn’t even know the teen, also shared their condolences.
— Tanya (@SweetBlueBijou) March 8, 2018
The investigation is still ongoing and officials are trying to find out if the shooting was accidental or intentional. In a statement, they confirmed that, once information becomes available, they will advise the public. The school will be closed on Thursday, March 8.