UPDATE: Crisis counselors will be at Coronado K-8 Elementary School near Hereford today to help students cope with the death of a 14-year-old boy. Classes will resume on Wednesday, however, officials say they understand if parents do not feel safe sending their kids to school.
According to the Cochise County Sheriff’s, the 14-year-old was found dead at the school Tuesday from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Coronado K-8 Elementary School near Hereford was put on lockdown Tuesday because of a shooting death on campus.
The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office received an active shooter call at 9:22 a.m. and the school went into lockdown. Authorities found a 14-year-old male deceased in the bathroom with a gunshot wound.
The Sierra Vista Unified School District, which is assisting the Palominas District during the incident, released a statement saying it was a student suicide. Officials with CCSO say the investigation is still open, and the incident has not yet been ruled a suicide officially.
After finding the victim, investigators determined there were no other threats. Students were sent to Sierra Springs Church in Hereford to reunite with their parents.
"Our little guys didn't even know that a tragedy had happened," said Palominas School District Superintendent, Marylotti Copeland. "They thought that they got to hang out with cops today and that's all that they knew."
Authorities are not releasing the identity of the young teenager, but said they have spoken with his family.
"It was tough this morning," said Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels. "Three decades of doing this job and it pulls at your heartstrings doing what we did this morning."
School officials are making sure staff and students have the support they need with on-site crisis teams and counselors from multiple districts on hand. School will resume as normal Wednesday, but officials say they understand if parents want to keep their children home.