Gunshot fired in high school bathroom travels to cafeteria; no one hurt

Posted at 11:07 PM, Feb 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-26 23:07:25-05

TACOMA, WA (KOMO/CNN) – Tiffanie Jackson rushed to Oakland Alternative High School when her daughter told her about the shot fired there.

"It's crazy. It's ridiculous," Jackson said. "Makes me not want to have my kids in school anymore."

Police said a gun went off in the boys’ bathroom.

"One round was fired. It went through a wall and into the floor," police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

The bullet then traveled into the school cafeteria.

"I heard a loud ‘thump’ noise. I didn't think it was a shot," student Demarr Jones said.

Fourteen-year-old student Kyra Clark said the bullet came within feet of her.

"The bullet came through the roof and it ricocheted off the pipe and came toward the vending machine where I was," Clark said.

The school was immediately put on lockdown and police said they used surveillance video to locate the seven boys in the bathroom.

Police also searched classrooms with K-9s to look for the boys.

"Students are all safe – no concern for safety of students right now," Cool said.

In the end, all but two of the detained students were released.

Police also zeroed in on two vehicles, including a white truck.

Most of the students were allowed to leave by 2:15 p.m.

"It was scary. It put a lot of things into perspective," Jones said.

Students said they were relieved to get out safely.

"It's school. We come here to get an education, not to be violent," student Aziyha Brown said.

Parents also expressed concern.

"I'm just really happy everything is safe, and no one got hurt today,” parent Richard Jones said. “But this is becoming a big problem out here."

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