ISHPEMING (WWJ) – Michigan State Police say a student died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at a school while a soldier was giving a presentation to other students.
MSP officials said the incident happened Tuesday afternoon at Aspen Ridge School, a K-8 school, in Ishpeming Township, Marquette County, Upper Peninsula.
Soldiers were dispatched to the school around 12:30 p.m. for an incident involving a student with a gun.
The trooper doing the presentation in another part of the school responded immediately, an official said, and found the boy in a bathroom with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The soldier immediately administered first aid as additional patrol units and EMS personnel responded to the scene.
The student was transported to a hospital in Marquette, where he succumbed to his injuries.
MSP will not release the student’s name. The age of the student was not immediately clear.
The school was closed during the incident and law enforcement has since searched the school and determined it was an isolated incident involving a student. There was no threat to other students or the public at the time of the incident, MSP said.
It is not known at this time where the child obtained the weapon. Authorities are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.
In a statement, MSP asks people to “keep the sensitive nature of this incident and the feelings of this youngster’s family in your thoughts and prayers”.
The entire NICE Community Schools district canceled classes on Wednesday due to the incident.
Editor’s note: WWJ Newsradio 950 does not generally report suicides. However, as this incident occurred in a school building during school hours, prompting a lockdown and police intervention, it was considered relevant public information.