One Student Injured In Hug High School Shooting
11:35 am update:
Washoe County Superintendent Traci Davis made an official statement, saying she supports the efforts of police officers.
“Had it not been for their quick actions and professionalism, I truly believe the outcome could have been much worse for our students,” she said.
Washoe County School District Police Chief Jason Trevino also made a statement this morning, saying that earlier videos that surfaced on social media do not provide proper context.
"Please remember that these accounts don't tell the complete story," he says. "This is an ongoing investigation, and as such we will not be able to release any details."
Both Davis and Trevino declined opportunities to answer questions. The investigation is being conducted by the Reno Police Department.
11 pm update:
Classes will resume Thursday at Hug High School in Reno, where a shooting occurred Wednesday, leaving a 14-year-old student in critical condition. The Reno Police Department has not identified the student but officers say he was wielding at least one knife and was not listening to verbal commands from a school police officer who, ultimately, shot the student to eliminate the threat.
The confrontation was witnessed by dozens of other students and video footage has been circulating on social media. Reno Police has asked witnesses not to publicly share their footage and to provide it to them for this active investigation.
The school was on a Code Red lock down for three hours while law enforcement combed the campus for victims and witnesses.
Many family members expressed feeling helpless while the chaotic day unfolded, including Priscilla Endemann, who has two sons at Hug.
“You know, any other school, this can happen anywhere. You can try to protect your kids the best you can, but it just happens.”
Jasmine Moxley is the older sister and guardian for a freshman girl at the school. She says she's concerned about how students will react in the coming days.
“I’m going to keep her home for the rest of the week, but that’s about it," Moxley says. "Monday morning we’ll go back. I hope they have some kind of counseling or counseling for the kids in general because I know she’s pretty shaken up.”
Charles Rahn is a spokesperson for the Washoe County School District.
“Students, families, staff members, community members who need help, we have resources available. There’s no shame in needing help. These are traumatic events that impact the entire community.”
Rahn says that there are several ways the district can help.
“It comes down to increased presence of counselors, the use of a victim advocate in our police department, we oftentimes have community partners like Paws of Love who come in with therapy dogs, things like that. These are kind of typical responses.”
Reno Police will serve as the lead investigating agency for this case, with additional support from Sparks Police and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office.
4:40 pm update:
The Washoe County School District Board of Trustees and Superintendent Traci Davis released this statement about the incident at Hug High School:
It is our sad duty to inform you that our school family at Procter Hug High School is coping with a shooting that took place on campus today. A student is in the hospital, and a thorough investigation is underway. Reno Police detectives tell us they believe this was an isolated incident, and there is no ongoing security threat at the school.
Although investigators are still gathering information and evidence, we do know that a disturbance was reported shortly before noon which resulted in a shooting. One student was wounded in the incident and was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment. In the course of this incident, safety procedures that are consistently practiced District-wide were followed at both the school level and District level.
Officers with the Washoe County School District (WCSD) School Police Department responded immediately, and per the Regional Officer Protocol, contacted other law enforcement agencies for assistance with the case. These agencies include the Reno Police Department, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, and the FBI.
Procter Hug High School was immediately placed in a Code Red Lockdown, and officers began a classroom-by-classroom canvass of the school in an effort to find witnesses and any other potential victims in the case. The District reached out to families via the Connect Ed call system with information about the incident, the lockdown, and the fact that the school was secured during the investigation.
Approximately three hours after the incident, the Code Red Lockdown was lifted, and students were released from the school under controlled, safe conditions. Another Connect Ed call was sent to families with information about reunification processes, and students were sent home from school without further incident.
On Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, classes will be held as usual at Procter Hug High School. Counselors will be available for any student or staff member who needs assistance.
The Washoe County School District is committed to cooperating fully with the ongoing police investigation into the factors that led to this incident. Our hearts go out to the students, staff, families impacted, and we stand ready to assist them in any way needed.
2:40 pm update:
Police say the Nevada high school student who was shot by a campus police officer was the only person wounded on campus.
Authorities won't confirm if the 16-year-old student was armed with a knife, as another student reported, but they say no one was stabbed.
Reno police Officer Tim Broadway says police are investigating if there were any other weapons involved before the shooting about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hug High School.
The police spokesman also pleaded for people with video of the incident to turn footage over to Reno police.
Broadway says some video that he characterizes as "very disturbing" is being circulated.
But he says it doesn't provide context about what he called "other events that led up to this incident."
The 16-year-old was taken to Renown Hospital Medical Center but the hospital refused to disclose his condition.
2 pm update:
Reno Police are releasing very few details at this point about a shooting at Hug High School in north Reno. Officer Tim Broadway told reporters that there were reports of shots fired on the school campus, one person was transported to a hospital, and there is no active threat.
Broadway could not confirm the severity of the injury or who the injured person is.
Other media outlets are reporting that there may have been a fight between students involving a knife and that this may be an officer-related shooting, but the police are not confirming any of that.
Broadway is telling parents and members of the media that the children in the school are safe. The school is still doing a Code Red lock down, but department officials say the students will be released soon. Police officers have been combing the school, room to room, looking for any other potential victims or witnesses.
Parents are already showing up at the school, but they can't pick up their kids just yet and they need to stay out of the affected area.
There's a staging area for them at Steelwood and Clear Acre Lanes, and the school district will be providing updates. Parents should have an ID with them.