Parents: School Should Have Locked Down After Shooting
PEARL CITY, Hawaii — Parents were upset after Highlands Intermediate school did not go into lockdown following a campus shooting Monday morning that resulted in minor injuries to one student. Another student narrowly missed being struck by a bullet.
A 14-year-old boy brandished a Glock 45-caliber, semi-automatic pistol in front of a group of his friends prior to the start of classes, News Now reports. The boy pointed the gun at a student who then knocked it downward, causing the weapon to discharge.
According to the Honolulu Police Department, the bullet hit a lava rock wall and ricocheted, passing through a student’s jacket without causing injury. The bullet then hit a second wall and broke apart. The fragments struck a 14-year-old boy, cutting him on his fingers and right thigh.
School officials notified parents about the incident in a letter that that was sent out Monday afternoon. Although the school did not go into lockdown, according to Sheldon Oshio, the Department of Education complex area superintendent, the school took appropriate action based on its policies.
The boy who had the gun was initially arrested, but later released to his parents, the Star Advertiser reports. When contacted by police, the owner of the gun — who is not related to the student — said the weapon was missing but he had not reported it. The student said he had found it on campus