Police Beef Up Security At High School Near Where Student Was Shot


UPDATED: Friday October 12, 2012 6:19 PM

Columbus police were taking high school security to new heights after a shooting on Thursday.

Members of the Columbus Division of Police's mounted unit stood watch at the intersection of Shady Lane Road and East Livingston Avenue, where a Walnut Ridge High School student was shot after school at about 2:30 p.m.

Police also beefed up security for the school's football game scheduled for Friday evening.

The girl, who was not immediately identified, was grazed in the forehead by a bullet after police said an altercation broke out, and a man left and returned with a gun. The girl was expected to be OK.

Police have filed an arrest warrant for the unidentified 15-year-old boy.

The shooting prompted a brief lockdown of Shady Lane Elementary School, which sits near Walnut Ridge and Sherwood Middle School, which had already let out for the day at the time of the shooting.

Parents said that they were pleased to have the extra security and police presence but were still scared for their children's safety.

Mother Tonia Hernandez, whose oldest son is in 11th grade at Walnut Ridge, said that she got to school to pick her children up early on Friday, because she did not know what would happen.

"I was here early today, because I don't know what is going to happen," Hernandez said. "I have been out here a few times picking them up when I have seen the fights break out over here on the corner, and it was twice I
have seen it happen, and I have told them to be very careful."

Hernandez said that the increased police presence did give her some peace of mind.

"I actually spoke to my husband today and said, 'I think we should maybe look for another school. Only because there are times I can't get out here, and I don't want to get that call," she said.

Police said that they were continuing to work leads to search for the teen.

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