GREENSBURG, La. – A fatal shooting at St. Helena Career & College Academy in Greensburg, Louisiana, has claimed the life of one student and left two others injured. The incident occurred on Tuesday around 3 p.m. local time, according to the St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Department. The identity of the suspect and victim has not been released due to their age, and the motive behind the shooting remains unknown.
In response to the heartbreaking event, the St. Helena Parish School District has decided to cancel classes on Wednesday and Thursday. Grief counselors will be available to support students when they return on Friday. Sheriff Nathaniel “Nat” Williams expressed his condolences in a Facebook post, calling the tragedy senseless and offering prayers to the affected families and the St. Helena community.
Marcus Downs, a teacher and alumnus of the school, expressed shock at the incident, stating, “You’d never think it’d happen right here at home. You’d never think it’d happen here.” Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards also shared his sympathy, emphasizing his close connection to the community and his commitment to supporting the affected families.
This shooting comes shortly after another incident at Port Allen High School near Baton Rouge, where a high school football game was interrupted by gunfire. Although unrelated, these incidents highlight the ongoing issue of gun violence in schools and the need for increased safety measures.
As the investigation into the St. Helena shooting continues, authorities are working to determine the motive behind the attack. The community is left grappling with the loss of a young life and the impact it will have on the students and families involved. The St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Department has not released any further details at this time.