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Florida high school senior kills himself on campus

A 17-year-old high school student in Florida killed himself Tuesday morning during a fire drill on campus, police say. 

Authorities say Seth Sutherland, 17, had been separated from other students when he fatally shot himself in the bus loop at Lake Minneola High School during a pre-scheduled fire drill. 

‘It does not appear anyone actually witnessed it,’ sheriff’s Lt. John Herrell said.

‘We have reason to believe this was a planned event and this is really all I can say.’ 

The school, which has about 1,800 students enrolled, was placed on lockdown following the shooting and parents were allowed to pick up their children around 11.00am.  

Tragic: Seth Sutherland (above), 17-year-old high school student in Florida, killed himself Tuesday morning during a fire drill on campus, police say

Authorities say Sutherland, 17, had been separated from other students when he fatally shot himself in the bus loop at Lake Minneola High School during a pre-scheduled fire drill

Authorities say Sutherland, 17, had been separated from other students when he fatally shot himself in the bus loop at Lake Minneola High School during a pre-scheduled fire drill

Sheriff's Lt. John Herrell said: 'It does not appear anyone actually witnessed it. We have reason to believe this was a planned event and this is really all I can say.'

Sheriff’s Lt. John Herrell said: ‘It does not appear anyone actually witnessed it. We have reason to believe this was a planned event and this is really all I can say.’

Classmates of Sutherland’s have described him as being a ‘really nice kid’ who was ‘quiet’ at times.

Trevor Schremmer said that he spoke to Sutherland the day before while they were in the school’s courtyard. 

‘He was a really nice kid. He was always nice to everybody. He was friends with everybody,’ Sixteen-year-old Schremmer told the Orlando Sentinel.

‘He seemed fine. Everybody said he seemed fine. I hope his family is OK. I’m sure they’re going through a lot.’ 

Of Sutherland, Senior Drenen Wesolowski told the newspaper: ‘He was quiet. He had a tight group of friends [but] he wasn’t a part of any extracurriculars.’ 

Classmates of Sutherland's have described him as being a 'really nice kid' who was 'quiet' at times

Classmates of Sutherland’s have described him as being a ‘really nice kid’ who was ‘quiet’ at times

Officials say the school, which is located about 25 miles from Orlando, will provide grief counselors for students or staff members. Above parents and students pray in front of the high school on Tuesday

Officials say the school, which is located about 25 miles from Orlando, will provide grief counselors for students or staff members. Above parents and students pray in front of the high school on Tuesday

Officials say the school, which is located about 25 miles from Orlando, will provide grief counselors for students or staff members.   

The Sheriff’s Office posted news of the shooting on its Facebook page about 8.30am.

‘There has been one person injured from a gunshot at Lake Minneola High School. The school is secure at this time, and we have reason to believe it to be a self-inflicted shot,’ the post said. 

‘Lake Minneola High School and others in the area have been placed on lockdown out of an abundance of caution as we continue to investigate. 

‘The school is secure, and more updates will be provided as they are available.’

Those with suicidal thoughts can contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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