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Middle school student shoots himself in Ohio middle school bathroom

On Tuesday Morning at Jackson Memorial Middle School located in Massillon, Ohio the school was out on lockdown earlier that morning after a gun shot was heard. WKYC reported that a 7th grade student suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the bathroom, no other students were injured.

According to USA Today following the situation, the student was taken to a local hospital, but his identity and condition have not been disclosed. Jackson Township Police Chief Mark Brink said the incident occurred at 7:51 a.m. and besides having a firearm he also had a device in his backpack meant to cause a distraction, according to police.

While investigators said the device was not an explosive that would have harmed anyone, they also would not describe it in detail. The gun he managed to get into the school is reported to be a .22 caliber rifle. The condition of the student hasn’t be made public yet.

The middle school and high school in the town were also placed on a lockdown that has since been lifted, students were released to their parents around 10:45 a.m. All four elementary schools in the Jackson Local School District, located about 50 miles outside of Cleveland, were also closed and all extracurricular activities were canceled for the rest of the day.

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