Shots fired inside Selma High School
The Selma Police Department (SPD) is investigating a shooting incident that took place Thursday at Selma High School.
Selma Police Chief Kenta Fulford said a fight erupted inside the school and one shot was discharged. Fulford added that the juveniles involved in the incident were 17 and 15 years old.
Fulford said the students left the school following the altercation and were later taken into custody at a nearby apartment complex. Fulford said the two teen suspects were fighting with another student when the firearm was discharged.
The 15-year-old male is charged with certain persons forbidden to possess a firearm, discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and attempting to elude. The 17-year-old male is charged with certain persons forbidden to possess a firearm, disorderly conduct and attempting to elude.
Fulford did not reveal their identities and said no one was hurt. School was dismissed after the shooting.
Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson said the two students appeared before Dallas County District Court Judge Bob Armstrong on Friday in the Dallas County Courthouse. Jackson said the juveniles are locked in a detention center, but declined to name which facility.
Selma City Schools Superintendent Dr. Avis Williams said the school system is working with the SPD and Mayor James Perkins Jr. to ensure safety issues are addressed within Selma schools and the community. She also praised Selma High Principal Stoney Pritchett for handling the situation.
Williams also added that Selma High will return to virtual learning starting Monday, the day after Easter.
A meeting will take place Monday morning with Selma City Schools, the SPD, the mayor’s office, Dallas County Probate Judge Jimmy Nunn, Dallas County District Court Judge Bob Armstrong and other city and county leaders. A press conference will be planned later in the week.
“Safety is the top concern at Selma High School and all of learning spaces,” Williams said. “Counseling will be made available beginning Monday for any staff or scholars who need support. Professional development is being planned for school district leaders for threat assessment, youth mental health, self-care and wellness.”