A Florida high school student is in critical condition at a Tampa area hospital after he shot himself in front of other students in class Tuesday.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, the boy was 15 years old and shot himself in the head at Lecanto High School during a freshman English class.
22 students were in the class at the time of the shooting and many were shaken by the event.
“The students were distraught,” Lindsay Blair, a spokesperson for the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office said. “Nothing like this has ever happened before at this school.And he was a friend, a classmate. They were obviously shaken up, as anyone would be.”
The student was later identified as Thomas Fink and a GoFundMe account was created to help pay for his medical bills.
“Update on Tommy: Good news from the doctor!! He was able to open one eye, wiggle his toes, and move his legs on his own,” a statement on the GoFundMe account read. “He gave a thumbs up and a peace sign with both hands! His pupils are working and dilating, and the second ct scan showed no further signs of swelling. Keep him in your prayers!”
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