Jackson district moves forward following high school shooting

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JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) – Classes were canceled Friday in Jackson Public Schools as the district recovers from a shooting at the high school.

 

6 News spoke with the district superintendent about how they’re moving forward one day after the scary incident at Jackson High School.  

 

“Life becomes a little more real when the police are on site and they’re pulling a bullet out of the wall,” said Jeff Beal, Superintendent of Jackson Public Schools.

 

Thursday afternoon, two bullets struck the school building on Wildwood Ave.

 

One of them was stopped by a window frame.

 

But the other broke through a window, flying into a classroom full of students.

 

“The bullet in one classroom was well over the heads of everybody. It was kind of right along the ceiling level,” Beal said.

 

Thankfully, no one was hurt.

 

Beal says police are still investigating where the gunfire came from.

 

It’s possible the bullets came from a shooting incident at a nearby apartment building.

 

“I don’t have any reason to believe the school was shot at intentionally,” Beal said.

 

Classes across the district were canceled Friday so schools could recover from this close call.

 

Counselors are available for anyone having trouble with what happened.

 

As police investigate and students get emotional support, Superintendent Beal hopes this situation will start a conversation about gun violence.

 

He says efforts are underway to improve school safety, but there’s only so much that can be done to protect schools from the outside world.

 

“How do we as a community address gun violence? How do we step up and say enough is enough? We call on our community to help us with this situation,” Beal said.

 

The superintendent says the district trains for emergencies like this and he’s proud of the cool response under fire.

 

“We want to make certain that we as a district are doing all that we can do to help the students, to help the parents, and to help the faculty kind of decompress from these situations,” Beal said.

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