The first full day back to school at an Arkansas middle school turned into a nightmare.
On early Monday, March 1, a student at Watson Chapel Junior High School in Pine Bluff, Ark., was reportedly shot. The incident came on the first day district schools were returning to full-day instruction after months of coronavirus restrictions, KARK-TV reported.
Pine Bluff Police are saying that a male suspect is currently in custody, although his age is unknown at this time.
The juvenile victim was taken to Arkansas Children’s Hospital by helicopter, according to local reports. The student is alive, but in serious condition.
“There has been a shooting at the Watson Chapel Junior High,” the school district said on Facebook. “ALL campuses are on lock down. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and Pine Bluff Police Department are on site to control the situation.
“This was an isolated incident and all students are safe at this time,” the district said. “The parent of the student hurt has been notified so if you have not been notified by the school your student is safe and secure.
“The police are not letting anyone in and out of the buildings,” the post continued. “You will not be allowed to come get your student at this time.”
According to KATV, the lockdown had been lifted by noon. The parent of the student shot has been notified, and all children currently on campus are secure at the school and listed as safe.
Pine Bluff is the tenth-largest city in the state of Arkansas and about 45 miles south of Little Rock.
This story is developing…