Two students shot, one dead, at Alabama high school

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"Our goal is to reassure our parents that as much as we can, we will work to keep our schools safe", Herring said.

Time reports that the shooting, which also left a male student injured, happened during dismissal time on Wednesday.

It was one of the deadliest United States school shootings in the U.S., where dozens of massacres have occurred in recent years.

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.

"Tonight, let us wrap our arms around the Huffman community", Randall Woodfin, mayor of Birmingham, tweeted.

"We consider it accidental until the investigation takes us elsewhere", Wilson said.

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Birmingham Police Sgt. Shelton told CBS 42 News that two students had been shot in the school, and at this time they believe the shooting was accidental. "Our hearts are heavy", the mayor said, according to an AP report. The shooting occurred at Huffman High School at around 3pm on March 7 as students were leaving for the day. According to, 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. "We're asking those questions ourselves so we can determine exactly what happened". Wilson did confirm metal detectors were in place and functioning in the school.

Huffman High School was closed Thursday. Police are investigating how a gun was brought onto the school premises, and security will be increased over the coming days.

"We're not saying he shot her, we're not saying he didn't shoot her", the chief said. I'm praying for the family of this young lady who tragically lost her life way too early.

In the meantime, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey offered his prayers to the victim and her family.

Huffman High has an enrollment of approximately 1,400. "Every life is precious and even though this was an accident it reaffirms there's no place for students to have firearms on campus".

Multiple bills have been proposed in the Alabama legislature after 17 people were killed last month in a shooting rampage at a Parkland, Florida, high school. The proposals face a tight deadline before the end of Alabama's legislative session this election year.


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