ROSCOE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Roscoe Collegiate ISD closed all of its campuses Monday morning following a student’s attempt to take his own life at the high school.
Update around 5:15 p.m.
Roscoe Collegiate ISD sent a press release out, confirming what KTAB/KRBC had previously reported. Superintendent Guillermo Mancha Jr. said the student was looking to harm only himself, and not anyone else. He was sent to a nearby hospital and later transferred by air to a larger hospital in the DFW area. The ninth grade student’s condition was listed as ‘critical.’
RCISD was evacuated and searched to ensure the safety of staff and students. Supt. Mancha said the incident remains under investigation by the Nolan County Sheriff’s Office and Texas Rangers. Also responding to the shooting report was Roscoe Police Department, Sweetwater Police Department, and Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers.
School was cancelled for the rest of the day, and will go back in session Tuesday as normal.
“Please be informed that RCISD will be very respectful of students and families upon returning to school,” Supt. Mancha wrote. “In the interest of providing our students, families, and employees, with the support to navigate through this difficult time, RCISD will have counselors available.”
Upstairs classrooms at Roscoe Collegiate High School’s secondary campus will be closed off and classes relocated until further notice.
“Our prayers are with our student, his family, and the entire RCISD community,” added Supt. Mancha.
A KTAB/KRBC crew was able to confirm that the student was a ninth grader at Roscoe Collegiate High School who used a personal handgun to shoot himself. Police said it is not known at this time whether or not anybody was around at the time, but it was confirmed that nobody else was harmed.
Roscoe CISD and local officials insisted that this was not an attack. Students were sent home soon after the event, and Superintendent Guillermo Mancha Jr. said he is bringing in counselors beginning tomorrow for students to work through this trauma.
Sergeant Marc Couch with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) told KTAB/KRBC the student who shot himself was first sent to Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital in Sweetwater, and has been transported to Cook Children’s Hospital in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.