Joint statement from the Henderson County Public Schools and Hendersonville Police Department regarding this morning’s incident at Hendersonville Middle School:
12:05 p.m. – 11/24/20
The twelve-year-old student who sustained a gunshot wound in the leg is reported to be in stable condition at Mission Hospital.
As is always the case whenever school communities experience traumatic events, our school psychologists, school social workers, and school counselors with the district’s Crisis Team are available to talk with students and staff today, and will continue to provide support to students and staff.
The incident is still under investigation by the Hendersonville Police Department. No details about charges are available at this time. Anyone with additional information regarding the incident should contact the Hendersonville Police Department at 828-697-3025. As always, the HCPS Family is extremely grateful for the quick, caring response of our local law enforcement in caring for our students and staff.
10 a.m. – 11/24/20
At approximately 7:45 a.m. on November 24, 2020, the Hendersonville Police Department responded to an incident involving a firearm on the campus of Hendersonville Middle School. A student discharged a firearm on campus, wounding another student. The juvenile suspect was immediately detained by a school administrator.
Henderson County Public School administrators immediately initiated a Code Red lockdown to secure the school campus, which was quickly downgraded to a Code Yellow once the student suspect was detained and the scene was secured.
The twelve-year-old student who was struck in the leg was transported by ambulance to Mission Hospital. The firearm and the student suspect are in the custody of the Hendersonville Police Department and the investigation is continuing.
The school will begin dismissal of students while remaining under a preventive lockdown. Buses will dismiss at 10:15 a.m. and car riders will dismiss at 10:30 a.m. School families are being contacted by their administrators with specific procedures.
We want to highlight the swift response provided by school administrators, the HMS School Resource Officer, local law enforcement and first responders who quickly secured the scene.
The school system and law enforcement will share additional details as they become available.