Local leaders react to Huffman High School shooting

Posted March 09, 2018

Courtlin Lashawn Arrington, a 17-year-old student in at Huffman High School in Alabama, was shot and killed by an unidentified female student on Wednesday, March 7.

Two students were shot in what is believed to be an accidental shooting at Huffman High School.

Congresswoman Terri Sewell tweeted, "I can not imagine the grief of the parents who lost their little girl today to gun violence at Huffman High School".

Wilson said Wednesday that investigators considered the shooting accidental, but he did elaborate.

The shooting prompted a brief lockdown though students were subsequently released late Wednesday and authorities said they had subsequently determined that the shooting was not perpetrated by "someone from the outside" the school. She continued, "However, we want to assure our parents, students, staff, and community that safety and security are a top priority for Birmingham city schools".

Birmingham mayor Randall Woodfin said that the student killed was nearly 18 and had "aspirations and dreams to be a nurse" with college in her future. According to AL.com, a 17-year-old boy was hospitalized for injuries sustained during the incident, and a school employee was treated on the scene for an injury.

She said she knows the boy involved, a senior, and said he's not the type of person to hurt anybody. Wilson also confirmed that metal detectors were in place and functioning in the school.

The shooting comes as tension is high in schools after a gunman with an assault-style rifle killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida, on February 14.

"We're hoping if we have footage, that it will reveal it", he said.

"She was friendly, energetic and well-liked by peers and teachers alike", Herring said.

In the meantime, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey offered his prayers to the victim and her family. "Every life is precious and even though this was an accident it reaffirms there's no place for students to have firearms on campus".

Alabama lawmakers are actively considering a number of proposals to improve school security in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida last month. Measures sought by Democrats would seek to limit or ban the sale of assault weapons.