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Indianapolis Student Calls School to Say He Shot Himself

AbleStock/Thinkstock(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The call that came into the Cathedral High School switchboard at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday was alarming. On the line was a student saying he had a gun and had just shot himself.

The Indianapolis school was placed on lockdown until paramedics could get to the scene and rush the student -- a popular junior -- to a local hospital.

The student is currently in stable condition and with his parents, but the school's students are in shock and trying to figure why the well-liked student tried to kill himself.

"I can tell you what the police told us that it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound," said Lisa Renze-Rhodes, communications director for Cathedral High School.

The apparent suicide attempt took place behind the school's gymnasium and wrestling facility.

The school is known for its strong Catholic education and Fighting Irish football team.

"Not in 93 years has anything like this happened," said Renze-Rhodes. "We have security cameras, we have a security plan and a protocol in place."

That plan was activated Tuesday as students and faculty were told to remain in place for a time while the student was being located. By 3 p.m. an email had gone out to the wider Cathedral High School community, including parents, advising them about the situation.

The school does not have metal detectors or other security screening that might have detected a gun. And it is still unclear if the student brought the firearm with him that day or had it hidden on campus to use at a certain time.

Counselors are currently at Cathedral High School and available to students and parents throughout the day, although not many students have chosen to meet with the counselors, according to school administrators.

This has been a difficult year for the Cathedral High School community. Two months ago, the class valedictorian, Jay Ruckelshaus, was paralyzed in a summer diving accident. The senior who turned down Harvard and Yale was due to attend Duke University this month.

Although counseling as a way to process these events has not been that popular with the student body, prayer and Twitter have been. So many students have been tweeting the #prayforCathedral hashtag that it has become a trending topic on Twitter. A girl named SarahBear732 seemed to sum up the sentiments of many with this line: "Sometimes all you can do is pray and hope everything will turn out all right."

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