Student shoots himself by mistake at Kentucky school

The school where the shooting took place

The school where the shooting took place

Friday, March 9, 2018

Police are dealing with a shooting at a school in Kentucky - after a student shot himself by mistake.

Local reports suggest a student was playing with the gun when it went off at Frederick Douglass High School in Lexington.

The bullet struck the student in the hand and left them with a minor injury.

Police have told news station KWYT that everyone on campus is now safe, and law enforcement remains on the scene.

Police spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall released a statement saying that "We had a student accidentally hurt himself [with] a firearm. No other students or staff were injured.

"The student has been taken to the hospital and is receiving medical care at this time. He is also facing charges of possession of a weapon on school property and wanton endangerment.

"We are not in a lockdown because the threat has been removed. School safety is the number one priority at Douglass and we will continue to take steps to ensure that all students and staff are safe."

The shooting is just the latest in a litany of gun-related incidents at US schools this year, notably the massacre committed by former student Nikolas Cruz at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland on Valentine's Day.

A dedicated Twitter account, Daily Gun Deaths, is chronicling the various shootings across America and, in its most recent update, claimed 20 people were shot and killed on March 7 alone.