Students return to Cummings School day after 13-year-old classmate shot

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Students at Cummings School in south Memphis returned to class the day after a student was shot.

Only 30 students returned.

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Parents who showed up to drop their kids off said they didn’t think it was a good idea for kids to be at the school on Friday.

One parent said her son only came to pick up his phone.

The 13-year-old victim was shot by another 13-year-old boy around 9:15 a.m. Thursday in a school stairwell, Memphis police said.

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The shooter will be charged with attempted first-degree murder, police said.

The victim was rushed to LeBonheur in critical condition, where he had surgery. SCS Superintendent Joris Ray visited the hospital shortly after the victim arrived.

As students and staff returned Friday morning, school leaders toured the school and met with teachers.

School Board member Stephanie Love said the shooting has sparked more conversations about preventative measures.

“We have to face reality that a student came into the school with a loaded weapon,” she said. “They did not get the gun from the school. The student brought the gun from somewhere. They got the gun from somebody.”

Love said school leaders are on board to make schools safer and get to the root of problems before they turn into traumatic events.

“This is a child, a 13-year-old child who decided to get a gun to cause harm to another child,” Love said. “That’s one thing we really have to look at.”

Some parents said they’ll feel better on Monday about their child returning to class, although it won’t feel like a return to normal at Cummings School for some time.

The school was placed on lockdown after the shooting was reported.

Students and staff were evacuated, and parents were instructed to pick up students at Metropolitan Baptist Church.

The pastor of the church said he wants students and parents to know they are not alone, and there are resources available to support them.

Some parents were in tears as they picked up their kids. Emotions ran high as parents rushed to get their student away from the chaos.

Some were happy to be reunited; others expressed anger at the situation.

One parent said she didn’t want her kids returning to the school.

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