LAKE MARY, Fla. (WFTV) — With 10 minutes left in her first-period class at Lake Mary High School, deputies say a 17-year-old junior asked to be excused from class to use the restroom.
Minutes later, a single gunshot rang out through the school.
Within moments, Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma said the teen was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in an isolated portion of the school’s auditorium.
The incident put the school on a Code Red lockdown from 7:55 a.m. to roughly 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Lemma said he does not believe that any students witnessed the girl’s suicide, but many did hear the gunshot.
Those students, he said, are now being questioned not only about what they heard but about how they’re feeling.
“Want to make sure they’re OK emotionally,” Lemma said in a press conference Wednesday morning.
Lemma did not identify the student pending notification of her family.
He said the shooting was an isolated incident and that there is no threat on the Lake Mary High School campus or any other campus in Seminole County.
Lemma said the school’s two school resource officers responded to the report of a shot fired in less than a minute.
He said the shooting was “a horrible tragedy.”
“If you know someone who’s struggling or suffering, please reach out to somebody,” Lemma said.
This is a developing story. Information will be updated as it becomes available.