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1:29 PM, Apr 29, 2013   |    comments
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(Cincinnati.com) - Hamilton County police have verified that a student shot himself in a classroom inside La Salle High School this morning.

The student has been taken to University Hospital; his identity and condition are unknown at this time.

The school had been on lockdown, but that order is now lifted, and all of the students were taken to the gym.

Parents, some angry and others anxious, are streaming onto the school property on North Bend Road in Green Township and are being directed to the school cafeteria.

Some parents on scene said they realize that this could happen anywhere, regardless of the school. But some said even though they had confirmation of their sons safety, they worry about the effects of the shooting.

"I'm frightened," said Kristina Jolly, parent of a freshman who she has confirmed. He did not witness the shooting, she said.

Jolly said the school has been a good influence on her son despite its recent problems. That includes the shooting earlier this year of another young man, 17-year-old Justin Brown, who according to police was killed in a drug deal.

Others worried about how a gun got into the school in the first place, including Nigel Everett, a Westwood parent picking up his stepson who is a freshman.

"With all the shootings in schools, you'd think LaSalle would have had it covered," Everette said.

Many parents say their sons called or texted them to be picked up.

Cincinnati City Councilman Charlie Winburn, whose son Joseph attends the private all-boys Catholic high school, was one of the parents at the scene and called the events "so unfortunate for all of the kids involved."

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office and Green Township police are on the scene and authorities said that they have the gun.

A Hamilton County dispatcher confirmed that a Colerain Township police officer wrecked on his way to the scene this morning, but he and the passenger or passengers in another car involved weren't seriously hurt. The crash occurred at Banning and Blue Rock roads and it's unclear at the moment which driver was at fault.

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