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Seventh-Grader Fatally Shoots Himself At Lyons School

April 17, 2019 - 5:32 pm

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A seventh-grader fatally shot himself inside his school Wednesday in west suburban Lyons.

The male student was away from others when he shot himself at 1:30 p.m. inside George Washington Middle School at 8101 Ogden Avenue, according to Ray Hanania, spokesman for the Village of Lyons.

The student, who remains unnamed, was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he died, Hanania said.

He shot himself inside a restroom. The school was put on lockdown for about an hour before students were released early from school, Hanania said.

Police said there was no danger to other students of staff at any time.

“It’s a horrible tragedy,” District 103 board member Joanne Schaeffer said. “This boy’s family will need everyone’s prayers.”

Police and counselors were expected to be on the campus Thursday.

Lyons Mayor Christopher Getty grew up in the village and went to school there.

"It's just an extremely unfortunate incident that transpired in our community at one of our local schools, and we're just going to try to stay strong during this time,” he told WBBM Newsradio. "And learn from this incident to make sure it doesn't happen again."

Getty says he has the same questions many parents do: How did the boy get the gun, and how did he get it into the school?

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