Hundreds Pack Church, Pray for Girl Who Was Shot
ITALY, Texas (AP) — About 300 people packed a church in a small North Texas community to pray for a girl wounded in a shooting at the town's high school.
The vigil Monday night at Central Baptist Church in Italy (IT'-lee) was held to bring comfort to residents in the town of about 2,000 in the wake of the shooting at Italy High School.
Authorities have a 16-year-old boy in custody as a suspect in the shooting of the 15-year-old girl, which occurred Monday morning in the school cafeteria.
A fellow student says the suspect in a shooting at a North Texas high school has been violent at school in the past.
Cassie Shook tells The Associated Press that she was just arriving at Italy High School when the shooting happened Monday morning. The 17-year-old says she saw the cafeteria doors fly open and a rush of students running out after a girl was shot. Police say the victim is hospitalized.
Shook says she had complained about the suspect at least twice before to school officials, including a vice principal. She says the first time was after he allegedly made a "hit list" in eighth grade and her name was on it.
Then last year, she says the boy got angry during a class and threw a pair of scissors at a girl. She says he also threw a computer against a wall. Shook says police came to talk to the class. She says the boy was removed from the school but eventually was allowed back.
Police have not named the 16-year-old suspect.
School officials say they cannot comment on disciplinary actions involving students.
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