Bend Police and Bend-La Pine Schools officials held a press conference at about 4 p.m. today giving further details of the incident at Bend High this afternoon.
Superintendent Ron Wilkinson told the media a young man brought a gun to school and shot himself in a modular classroom on the high school campus. No one else was injured in the shooting.
Police and school officials declined to identify the student or other information about the incident.
Bend High will be closed through the weekend, and all events are canceled today.
Grief counseling will be available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Bear Creek Elementary, which is located at 51 S.E. Bridgeford Blvd., in Bend.
Below, read the media release that Bend-La Pine Schools communications director Julianne Repman sent out at 2:40 p.m. this afternoon:
Bend Police and Emergency Responders were called to Bend Senior High School shortly after a noon 9-1-1 call that a student had allegedly committed suicide on campus. The school is in lockdown at this hour as police investigate the situation. There is no further threat to students or staff and the building is secure. A crisis team has arrived on campus and is meeting with those affected.
Staff will begin escorting students out of the building, by wing, to their vehicles, buses, and off campus - for pedestrians and bike riders - at approximately 2:35pm. Student pedestrians and drivers will exit campus via the 6th Street and Clay campus exit. Parents can pick up their students at the Presbyterian Church on 9th Street. Campus will remain closed to visitors through the weekend.
Students, staff or community members who would like to meet with counselors, at no cost, can drop in to Bear Creek Elementary School between 9am – 2pm tomorrow.
All evening activities are canceled at Bend Senior High.
Our hearts go out to the students, staff and our community at Bend Senior High School.
Normally, the District and law enforcement would not share public information regarding a suicide, but due to the circumstances, the District felt it important to share this sad information with families and the community.
For more on this tragedy, pick up a copy of The Bulletin on Saturday.