Ohio archbishop offers support over class shooting
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Roman Catholic archbishop of Cincinnati expressed sadness and offered prayers today for a wounded student, his family and those in the school community in the aftermath of a classroom suicide attempt.
The student remained hospitalized in critical condition Tuesday as classes resumed at La Salle High School, an all-male Catholic school west of Cincinnati.
“We are all greatly saddened by the shooting,” Archbishop Dennis Schnurr said in a statement. “We pray for the young man’s recovery, not only from the self-inflicted wound but also from the personal challenges that led him to take this action.”
The Cincinnati archdiocese covers 19 counties, including 114 Catholic primary and secondary schools. Schnurr said there are also prayers for family, the other students and the teacher who were in the classroom Monday morning and for the entire La Salle school community.
Green Township police said there were at least 21 other students in the first-period classroom Monday morning when the student attempted suicide with a semi-automatic handgun. They said no other students or staff were threatened.
The student is a junior and an honors student. He made the top honor roll on the most recent academic report and has been active in Boy Scouts. School spokesman Greg Tankersley said he has an extensive record of community service, and has been “highly involved” in school life.
The boy’s family has requested privacy while they focus on efforts to save his life by the University of Cincinnati Medical Center doctors and staff.