Alabama lawmakers debate school safety fix

Violet Powell
March 9, 2018

Huffman High School is closed today following a Wednesday shooting that killed one student and injured another.

"At this particular time, we consider it accidental until the investigation takes us elsewhere".

"Right now we have a lot of unanswered questions", said Wilson, who has also been interviewing students at the school about the incident.

The shooting prompted a brief lockdown, with students and teachers sheltering in place. In that same report, police said the shooting is being investigated as an accident. About an hour earlier, a woman at the police station who said she was the boy's mother, said she had not been told his condition, but she did not believe he had a gun. No arrests were immediately reported.

State Sen. Linda Coleman-Madison, whose district contains the Birmingham school, said Thursday that lawmakers aren't doing enough to protect children. A mother whose daughter is in the school said she was waiting outside to pick her up and her daughter texted her to say, "Mom we're on lockdown", according to

He added that there is CCTV footage from the Huffman school grounds to be reviewed by officers which may give a clearer picture of what actually happened.

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There are questions about metal detector use at Huffman High School after Wednesday's deadly shooting.

At least two gunshots were fired during dismissal time at the school, killing a 17-year-old girl and a injuring a 17-year-old boy, Birmingham police Chief Orlando Wilson said.

Woodfin joined the news conference and said the deceased student would have turned 18 in about 30 days and was a senior "who had aspirations and dreams to be a nurse". "We are not just talking about some person, (we're) talking about losing a part of our future. Our hearts are heavy", Woodfin said.

"Our goal is to reassure our parents that as much as we can, we will work to keep our schools safe", Herring said.

Herring stated that the school will be open tomorrow, and counselors and police will be on campus. Tonight, my prayers are with her, the other victim, and their families.

The shooting took place just a day after Ivey created a school safety council in Alabama to make recommendations on security.

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