KSDK St. Louis reported:
A senior student was shot at Westminster Christian Academy in Creve Coeur after police say he waved a rifle in their direction.
Police say a student text messaged a friend around 3 p.m. and said he planned to shoot himself. That friend alerted school administrators.
I spoke with several Westminster students last night and one student wondered why this sort of thing could happen at a Christian school and also feared all the gossip about the student and his family that is certainly to follow.
She said that this sort of thing one would expect at a public school but not a Christian school, "it's supposed to be safe."
I thought to myself, "why would anyone expect something like this NOT to happen at a Christian school." In addition to sadness of the incident, I was even more saddened by the idea some students expect that the somehow they're being protected from the unsafe world by being at a Christian school. The effects of the fall and the activity of the Enemy visit Christian schools and public schools alike.
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The student involved in the shooting did not attend classes on Wednesday, and school officials tried to locate him after they received word of the text message. The student entered the school parking lot in his mother's car around 3:45 p.m.
Police were called to the school in the 10900 block of Ladue Road. When they arrived, they immediately secured the perimeter. School officials made sure no other students were in danger.
"No student was in any threatening position or place, so I think we took care of the situation that unfortunately occurred," said headmaster Jim Marsh.
Police say the student pointed the gun at his head and then waved it in their direction. At that point, police shot the student at least once after telling him several times to put down the gun.
The student was transported to area hospital. His injuries are believed to non-life threatening.
School administrators said they had no prior warning about Wednesday's incident.
About 825 students attend Westminster Christian Academy.