Student Courtney Widby said she and the victim had been best friends for six years.
“He was like one of those fun kids — like a class clown … he was fun to be around and he was nice,” Widby said. “He got good grades and everything and he was smart … I think he said he wanted to do something with computers.”
Earlier Thursday, a text message sent to parents stated there was a “medical emergency” involving a student.
Parents were being asked to pick up their kids. One parent said there were about a hundred parents waiting outside the school before 10 a.m. — and they were being let into the school only a few at a time.
Many of them, including Ann Tackett, were confused and scared by the school’s cryptic message and were scrambling to find out what exactly was going on.
“It’s like, OK, what kind of message is that to put on the phone?” Tackett said.
“I know that if I click on Facebook, they’ll be something on Facebook — and sure enough, they were saying there was a shooting and the school was on lockdown,” Tackett said. “And then [my son] called and said you need to come and get us, somebody had killed themselves. So, I just left work and came right down there to get ‘em.”
The school is located on the 15000 block of Trenton Road.
A candlelight vigil was tentatively planned for 7 p.m. at nearby Anderson High School.
As the news spread, several students took to social media to share their thoughts: