PRESCOTT, Ark. – One person is reported injured and another in custody after a shooting at Prescott High School Monday morning, says the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office.
Troopers with the Arkansas State Police (ASP) were called to the campus after “local law enforcement asked for help after reports of gunfire,“ an ASP spokesman said.
At a noon news conference the Prescott Police Department Chief Joseph Beavers told reporters both were 14-year-old 8th grade students and that the incident happened in a hallway. According to the school website, the campus has 7th- 12th grade students.
He said the shooting was reported at 9:14 a.m. as a student upon student incident.
A suspect has been taken into custody..
Full news release from Prescott School District via Facebook:
On the morning of April 1, 2019, a Prescott School District student brought a concealed handgun to campus and shot another District student. The District went into immediate lock down and the attacker was apprehended by law enforcement. The District’s School Resource Officer was in the building and immediately able to assist. The District is fully cooperating with the ongoing law enforcement investigation. It appears this was a premeditated attack specifically targeting the injured student, who was airlifted to a medical facility for immediate treatment. The injured student’s medical status will be released if and when approved by the family. Until then, we will continue to keep the student in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. No other injuries were reported.
The District will resume classes and bus routes on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. The safety of our students is our number one priority. We are in the business of educating students and an incident like this is heart breaking. The District will work with law enforcement to review safety and emergency protocols. Counselors will be available to talk with students and provide any support needed. The District will continue to keep all of its patrons updated to the extent allowed by law.
State Rep. Danny Watson represents District 3 which includes the city of Prescott. He issued the following statement on today’s incident:
“My heart is breaking for the Prescott school district today. No child or teacher should be subject to violence in the classroom. I grieve for the injured and for all those whose lives will forever be changed by this tragedy.
I have been in contact and will continue to be in contact with state police and with school administrators to ensure they have the resources available to respond appropriately.
While we pray for the families directly impacted, I ask Arkansans to pray for the community of Prescott as we search for a way to heal.”