Sunday, November 05, 2023

Joplin R-8 releases statement on shooting of student

The Joplin R-8 School District released the following statement on the shooting of a student Thursday:

Based on our investigation of the events at 18th & Main St. around 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2, we understand that the suspect in the shooting was not a student of Joplin Schools or Joplin High School.

We are saddened to have learned that the juvenile who was injured in the shooting is a student at Joplin High School. 

We have reason to hope for a strong recovery for this student and are in contact with their family during this time. In order to respect the privacy of the family and obey district legal requirements, we will not be releasing any information about this individual’s identity.

We have received no indication or evidence that Joplin High School students were in possession of weapons during school or during the altercation itself.

We will continue to cooperate with the Joplin Police Department and Jasper County Juvenile Office as their investigations unfold. We remain committed to the safety of our students and staff at all times, and appreciate our local law enforcement’s quick responses to support us in that commitment.

The incident was addressed in a news release issued by the Joplin Police Department Thursday:

On November 2, 2023, at 4:02 p.m., the Joplin Police Department Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call reporting a shooting near 18th and Main Street in Joplin.

While officers were responding it was learned that one person had been struck by gunfire and individuals were fleeing the scene.

As officers arrived on scene, they began rendering aid to the shooting victim, secured the scene of the shooting, and initiated their investigation. The victim, who is only being identified as a juvenile male, was transported to a local hospital for treatment for a gunshot injury. It is believed to be a non-life-threatening injury at this time.

As officers were searching the area for the suspect in the shooting, an officer located the suspect near 16th and Sergeant Avenue, and he was detained without incident.

The name of the suspect is currently being withheld due to the suspect being a juvenile. He was transported to the Jasper County Juvenile Detention Center and turned over to the custody of juvenile authorities.

Detectives from the Joplin Police Department responded to the scene and are continuing with their investigation. If you have any information regarding this incident, you are encouraged to contact the Joplin Police Department at 417-623-3131.


Anonymous said...

I cannot believe that the school district would let something like this happen to a student. It shows that the school board is more focused on politics than protecting our children .

Anonymous said...

I am a bit at a loss. Since the shooting happened around 4:00pm, after school hours and off of school grounds, why would the Joplin School District have any responsibility for this incident?

Anonymous said...

If it weren't for the republican love affair and being owned by the nra, there wouldn't have been a gun to shoot by a juvenile.

Anonymous said...

The Second Amendment fetishizers are inflicting a cost.

We have met the enemy and it is us!

Anonymous said...

4:12 is absolutely correct. If we would just make guns illegal than the criminals would not have them. After all since drugs are illegal and we do not have to waste time policing that just think of all of the police we could get rid of if guns were illegal too.

Anonymous said...

In a poor attempt at humor and yet still being a complete ass, 633 is absolutely correct. Thanks for putting the truth in black and white so even the most ignorant of maganuts and gun toting white crackers can see it.

Anonymous said...

4:53 - Racist much ? Glad to see that Randy takes his stance on not allowing racial slurs in the comment section seriously. In true liberal fashion rules for thee not for me.

Anonymous said...

Someone please pass 1236 a tissue. Maybe he'll stop crying and whining like the orange fat bastard.