Bobby and I were minding our business enjoying our day shopping again. On our way home this afternoon we experienced a lot of traffic with a helicopter circling above with lots of news media and police in front of South Hills High School in Fort Worth. Bobby thought instantly that it had to be a shooting with all the commotion going on and below is the proof of what happened. Wish I had my camera at the ready to show you guys the commotion we witnessed but it was crazy let me tell ya. I wish everyone could get along, I wish for peace but in the world we live in unfortunately there will always be crazies out there.
Teen shot by police officer at South Hills High
By DEANNA BOYD AND ALEX BRANCH
Star-Telegram Staff Writers
FORT WORTH — A 15-year-old student was shot in the chest — possibly by a Fort Worth police officer — during a fight at South Hills High School Friday afternoon. The boy, whose age was previously reported as 16, was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital. His condition was not available.
About 1:30 p.m. Friday, a Fort Worth police officer and a school monitor were told that some teenage boys were gathering behind South Hills High School. They confronted the teens, believed to be gang members, when they were attacked, according to Fort Worth police spokesman Lt. Gene Jones.
Jones said that during an intense struggle, the officer fired his weapon.
Fort Worth school district spokeswoman Sharon Parker told the Star-Telegram that the officer had shot the student. But Jones said it was unclear who shot the boy and would not say if any other weapons were involved.
The officer was taken to Harris Methodist Fort Worth hospital to be treated for minor injuries. Parker said that “at no time were the students in jeopardy.”
The school was locked down after the shooting, but students had been released by 4 p.m.
According to a mother of a student at South Hills, a fight involving an undetermined number of students broke out in front of the school.
Sylvia Castillo, whose son Michael is a 15-year-old student at South Hills, said she was told by her son that Fort Worth police arrived at the scene and that a student had been shot.
The students were moved inside and the school was locked down, but another fight broke out, Castillo said.
“Michael said they were throwing books, whatever they could get their hands on,” Castillo said. “There were a lot of kids fighting.”
He told her that the fight was broken up, and that the students were ushered into classrooms and told to stay there.
“He’s upset, but he’s apparently safe,” she said.
South Hills High School, located in south Fort Worth off McCart Avenue, has about 1,400 students.
Lucero Garcia, a 16-year-old junior at South Hills, said she didn’t see or hear any of the shooting, but that there was a large fight outside the lunchroom.
She said that teachers and police were trying to get students to back away when a second fight broke out. Garcia said she saw students with bloody faces and black eyes.
In December 2005, security was tightened at South Hills after students were involved in a fight at a park behind the school. One of the students was brandishing a pellet gun.