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Indiana school student injured after deputy accidentally discharged gun in classroom


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An Indiana high school student was injured on Thursday after a deputy accidentally discharged a gun in the classroom while pupils were taking part in law enforcement vocational training, a news report has claimed. The wounded student was from South Vermillion High School and was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after the shooting at around 9.30 am (2.30pm GMT).

The information was shared by the school district in a Facebook post.

South Vermillion Community School Corporation posted: “This morning at South Vermillion High School (SVHS), there was an isolated incident in one of our vocational classrooms.

“The incident was an accidental discharge of a firearm by a law enforcement officer during a drill. One student was injured without life-threatening injuries and has been taken to the hospital.

“Only SVHS is currently on lockdown, due to the abundance of emergency personnel in the building.”

The school is located in the city of Clinton, about 60miles west of Indianapolis near the Indiana-Illinois state line.

Dave Chapman, superintendent of the South Vermillion Community School Corporation, said the high school senior was grazed by the bullet.

He said the male student described his pain level as a “sting.”

Mr Chapman said the shooting occurred in a popular vocational law enforcement class that is taught by deputy sheriffs from the Vermillion County Sheriff’s Office, WTWO-TV has revealed.

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DisPennett is a 19-year veteran of the Vermillion County Sheriff’s Department.

State police Sergeant Matt Ames confirmed that the weapon involved was the service weapon of the deputy.

He said: “We’re doing interviews with all the students who were present in the room.

“We’ll be interviewing the deputy that was involved in the situation.

“Once that’s completed the crime scene investigators will go in, take all the information, and at the conclusion of the investigation it will be turned over to the Vermillion County Prosecutor’s Office for review.”


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