Lake Mary High School student shoots, kills self on campus

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All classes, athletic events and after-school activities have been canceled for Thursday at Lake Mary High School after deputies say a student took her own life Wednesday morning.

Lake Mary High School was put on lockdown Wednesday morning after a female student shot and killed herself on campus.

During a press conference, Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma said that a 17-year-old junior at the school asked to leave class just before 8:00 a.m. to use the restroom. Moments later, the Sheriff's Office said that a teacher reported hearing a gunshot. They said the teen had gone into the auditorium of the school and shot herself.

"The two deputy sheriff's that are assigned as school resource deputies responded immediately, in less than a minute, with a school nurse in an effort to render aid to the child, unsuccessfully," said Sheriff Lemma.

The school was immediately placed on a Code Red lockdown while deputies swarmed the school. Parents of students were notified The lockdown was lifted a short time later. 





"This was an isolated incident," the Sheriff's Office said. "It is being thoroughly investigated."

No other students were hurt. The Sheriff's Office called the suicide a "horrible tragedy" and is reminding people that there are services available.





"If you know someone whose struggling, or suffering, please reach out and talk to somebody."

In a statement on behalf of Seminole County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Walt Griffin and Lake Mary High School Principal Dr. Mickey Reynolds:

“First and foremost, our hearts are truly heavy and we are deeply saddened by the events of today.  Each and every SCPS family member extend our condolences to the student’s family and to the LMHS family.  As always, we are here to support you."

Students who drove to school are being allowed to leave campus on the honor's system. Parents can pick up their children at the south entrance at the football field. 

Grief counselors will be available on campus on Thursday from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for students and staff.