Lexington high school student accidentally injured by firearm on campus, faces criminal charges

03/09/2018 10:15 AM

A student at Frederick Douglass High School in Lexington now faces criminal charges after being accidentally injured by a firearm on campus Friday morning.

School officials say no one else was hurt in the incident and the student is receiving medical care. Lester Diaz, principal of Frederick Douglass, released the following statement on the school district’s website:

“We are writing to make you aware of an incident that happened this morning (March 9) during our advisory class. We had a student accidentally hurt himself with a firearm. No other students or staff were injured. The student has been taken to the hospital and is receiving medical care at this time. He is also facing charges of possession of a weapon on school property and wanton endangerment. We are not in a lockdown because the threat has been removed. School safety is the number one priority at Douglass, and we will continue to take steps to ensure that all students and staff are safe.”

A spokesperson with the Lexington Police Department declined to comment, saying the incident is an “FCPS matter.”


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