AUSTIN (KXAN) - A 16-year-old student died Tuesday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at Lanier High School. The shooting happened just after noon in the school's courtyard, Austin school officials said.
Counselors will be on hand until 6 p.m. to talk with students. A crisis team was also brought in to meet with faculty and staff to help them address the incident with their students.
"We are saddened by this tragic loss," superintendent Meria Carstarphen said. "Our thoughts are with the family."
- Need help? Call Austin-Travis County Crisis Hotline, at 512-472-HELP.
- Info on how parents can discuss the tragedy with children at home
District officials said in an afternoon briefing that there are no metal detectors at the school.
School officials said the building was placed on lockdown after the shooting. The lockdown was lifted about 1:30 p.m. and students were being released to their homes. AISD also said buses were available to take Lanier students home. Parents were also allowed to pick students up at the school.
"I, too, want to express my deepest sympathies to the entire Lanier family," Lanier principal Kathy Ryan said. "I want to let you know that we will have school tomorrow and we will provide counseling services for Lanier students, families and staff throughout the week and beyond as needed.
"In the next few days, I will set up a parent meeting to answer questions and address any concerns you may have," Ryan added.
Parents and team members were alerted about the incident via telephone, the district said. An e-mail from the district will be sent out later on Tuesday, officials said.
Events scheduled for the rest of the week will resume (as scheduled)," Ryan said. "However, the PSAT, which was planned for (Wednesday), has been rescheduled to Oct. 30."
"My granddaughter called me and told me that there was a shooting at the school. So I couldn't believe it. I was in bed," said Linda Joseph, who was at the school by mid-afternoon. "So I jumped right out of bed and came right over here to see what the problem was."
Joseph waited outside the school to pick up her granddaughter, who was physically unharmed. Joseph says tonight she will try to talk about the what happened with her granddaughter.
"First, I teared up a little bit because I thought something might have happened to her and she didn't really want to let me know," Joseph said.
Lanier High School is located at 1201 Payton Gin Road in North Austin.
Those needing help can also call the Austin-Travis County Mobile Crisis Hotline at 512-472-HELP.
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