A 16-year-old boy is in custody after an Italy, Texas high school shooting. A wounded 15-year-old girl was rushed to hospital for treatment.
A Texas high school shooting took place just before 8:00 a.m. in the cafeteria of Italy High School, which is located 40 miles south of Dallas.
The high school and nearby Stafford Elementary School were both locked down. The high school students were moved to the school’s monolithic dome during the lockdown, which is a gym that seats 1,500 people.
At first, it was reported that there were no injuries in the Texas high school shooting. Once things settled down, a 15-year-old female student was found injured. She was airlifted to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. Her injury severity is not known at this time.
The suspected shooter, a 16-year-old male student, was taken into custody soon after shots were fired. Authorities have not released a possible motive.
How Did Parents Find Out about the Texas High School Shooting?
Parents were made aware of the shooting by Lee Joffre, the school district’s superintendent. Joffre had sent a mass text massage.
Joffre’s text said, “We have had an active shooter incident at the high school campus this morning. The [alleged] shooter is in custody and law enforcement has control of the scene. There has been one victim that has been transported to the hospital. All junior high and high students are safe and will be transported by bus to Stafford Elementary for dismissal after police approval.”
Joffre later addressed the public, saying, “This is a trying time for our community and school.” He also mentioned that there will be counselors available for students struggling with the events of the shooting.
Big Impact Likely in Small Town
Italy is a small town located in Ellis County, Texas and it has given itself the name “the biggest little town in Texas.” Italy is located near Highway 77 and State Highway 34. The town has a population of approximately 2,000 people.
The shooting will likely be felt throughout the town. It is possible that everyone in town knows someone or has a family member who attends Italy High School, since it is the only high school in the area.