Classmates deal with tragedy day after senior shoots self in patrol car

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by Larry Seward/ KHOU 11 News

KMOV.com

Posted on December 6, 2012 at 2:09 PM

HOUSTON – A Houston high school senior remains in critical condition one day after shooting himself in the back of the head while handcuffed in a patrol car.

School officials are trying to keep things as normal as possible Thursday. Eight counselors and one psychologist were on campus and meeting with students. Some counselors were stopping by each class where the wounded student would normally be.

Wednesday morning, police were called to the high school after the 17-year-old student sent a text message to a friend threatening to hurt himself. The school was placed on lockdown. The student was handcuffed, searched and placed in the back of a squad car. He then managed to use a gun and shoot himself in the head.

He was taken to Ben Taub Hospital where he had surgery and is not listed in critical condition.

Those who knew the senior and baseball player suggested he was having relationship problems.

Meanwhile, Precinct 3 deputies are investigating how the teen got a gun in the patrol car after being searched and handcuffed. Officials say their investigation is ongoing.

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