A teenage girl has become the latest victim of a US school shooting after apparently being killed “accidentally” by a boy showing off a gun.
The 17-year-old, named by friends as Courtlin Arrington, died on the way to hospital following the incident at Huffman High School in Birmingham, Alabama.
According to reports, the shooting occurred when a 17-year-old boy showed off the weapon to girls at the end of the school day.
The boy reportedly shot himself in the leg as he put the gun back into his trousers. He was taken to hospital and later released and questioned by police. No one has been arrested.
Courtlin, who was set to graduate from high school in May, had reportedly already been accepted into college to become a nurse.
Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin said: “We are not just talking about some person, (we’re) talking about losing a part of our future. Our hearts are heavy.”
Birmingham Police Chief Orlando Wilson offered his condolences to the victims’ families and said: “At this particular time, we are considering this accidental. Right now we have a lot of unanswered questions... This should not happen in schools.”
Friends also today paid tribute to the teenager. Mya Lá Shunn wrote: “I can’t believe this... they took you away nobody kno the pain and hurt behind this.Every memory we shared will be cherished.”
Ka Ron said: “It’s so sad how our parents can’t even send us to school in the morning & know we are coming back home that afternoon.”
The killing comes just weeks after 17 students were killed on Valentine’s Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
The Florida senate today passed laws that include new restrictions on rifle sales and a programme to arm some teachers, in the wake of the tragedy.