Ohio 7th-grader shoots self at Jackson Memorial Middle School

Students released 10 at a time in alphabetical order to parents. (Source: WOIO)
Students released 10 at a time in alphabetical order to parents. (Source: WOIO)
Concerned parent arrives at school. (Source: WOIO)
Concerned parent arrives at school. (Source: WOIO)
Text messages from student to mom. (Source: WOIO)
Text messages from student to mom. (Source: WOIO)
Mom arrives at school to check on her children. She has a 6th and 8th grader. (Source: WOIO)
Mom arrives at school to check on her children. She has a 6th and 8th grader. (Source: WOIO)

JACKSON TOWNSHIP, OH (WOIO) - Schools in the Jackson Local School District in Stark County are on lockdown after a seventh grade student shot himself on a middle school campus.

Just before 8 a.m., a student shot himself in the men's restroom at Jackson Memorial Middle School, according to Jackson Township Police. The school is about 55 miles south of Cleveland.

During a 2 p.m. news conference, authorities said a "distraction" device was found in the student's backpack.

A distraction device would be "something that could make some smoke, or make a bang," said the Jackson Township Police Chief. A bomb was not found, police said.

No other weapons were found, authorities said.

According to police, it's unknown if other students were involved and where the student obtained his weapon.

Police say the boy was transported to a nearby hospital.

His condition is not known at this time.

Police have not said if the shooting is accidental or intentional, but they are calling it self-inflicted.

All other students and faculty members were no injured.

Hundreds of parents gathered outside of the school as school officials worked to safely dismiss students from Jackson Memorial Middle School.

As a precautionary measure, four district elementary schools are closed Tuesday.

The area high school is in the process of being evacuated. Also, all evening activities are canceled.

Grief counselors will be available to students impacted by the incident.

Stay with Cleveland 19 news for updates to this developing story.

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