Florida High School Student Shot Himself In Front Of Classmates, Survives

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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Miami Police Officers Kill 15 Year Old Boy After He Allegedly Robs A Drugstore

Miami-Dade county police officers shot and killed a 15 year old boy early Thursday morning after he allegedly robbed an area drugstore at gunpoint.

The boy, who police identified as Jorge Santiago Tapia was recorded on surveillance cameras holding up a gun to a cashier at a Walgreens located at SW 288th Street and South Dixie Highway. Wearing dark glasses and a bandanna around his mouth, the suspect who police say is Tapia quickly fled the scene.

CBS Miami has a rundown of what took place after Tapia allegedly fled the scene:

“Arriving officers spotted a car that matched the description of a vehicle that the armed man drove off in.

After a brief pursuit, Zabaleta said Santiago’s car got a flat tire and came to a stop. Shots were fired.”

The boy had recently celebrated his 15th birthday and was in the 8th grade at Coconut Palm Academy according to a local television report.

“There should be justice for what they did to him,” Angelica Santiago, the suspect’s sister told CBS Miami.  “The cops should have waited to see who was the suspect, not just say he was a grown man, who was going to kill them.”

Seven police officers shot Tapia.

“Not only did he use the gun to commit the armed robbery, of course, we have to assume he is going to use the gun against the officers as well,” Detective Alvaro Zabaleta told Local 10 News.

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