13-year-old boy dies after suicide attempt at school

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - An official from Lake Charles Memorial Hospital confirms that the 13-year-old boy who attempted suicide at the St. Theodore Holy Family School in Moss Bluff has died from his injuries.

It was shortly after 7:30 in the morning at St. Theodore Holy Family Catholic School when authorities say a thirteen year old boy with a gun shot himself, in an apparent attempt to take his own life.

Superintendent of schools Kimberlee Gazzolo issued a brief statement about what happened. "Diocesan officials can confirm at this time that the incident at St. Theodore Holy Family Catholic School in Moss Bluff involved one student only with a self inflicted wound. We will continue to pray for the family, the students and the school community. No further questions will be taken at this time and a statement will be issued at 2 pm at the Chancery office at 414 Iris in Lake Charles."

The incident is under investigation by the Diocese of Lake Charles and Calcasieu Sheriff's Department. Captain Doug Poole answered a few questions from the substation in Moss Bluff.  "The incident involved a firearm but no other student was injured."

The school was locked down at first which requires everyone to stay where they are and no one can go inside or leave the school  Later parents could be seen arriving at the school to pick up students.

Poole says the parents were contacted by the school to come get their children. Said Poole, "Approximately 7:41 a.m. this morning the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Department responded to an incident that occurred at St. Theodore's Holy Family Catholic School. The patrol division, CDU units and safe school units responded immediately and it was determined it was an isolated incident involving a single student. Once the scene was safely secured the parents were allowed to come retrieve their students and take them home."

He says the students were sent home in a smooth and orderly fashion.  "The situation was quickly and effectively brought under control," said Poole.

Classes at Holy Family School have been suspended until Monday.

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