A Hawaii school shooting left a student hospitalized after he reportedly brandished a knife, prompting police to open fire.
The incident happened at Roosevelt High School on Tuesday morning at close to 8:30 am. According to police, the 17-year-old was a “non-active student” who had been registered at Roosevelt, and after he was spotted at the school three police officers arrived to escort him off campus.
Police said the student then “became combative and brandished a knife.” The student then lunged at police, striking an officer in the torso and leading one of the officers to fire two shots, striking the student in the wrist.
The Hawaii school shooting then led to a lockdown of the campus and an activation of the school’s emergency call system, which notified parents of the lockdown. The school, which is near downtown Honolulu, is home to close to 1,400 students.
After the Hawaii school shooting, DOE Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi praised police for their preparedness.
“Incidents like this are very rare in Hawaii, however, our partnership with the Honolulu Police Department on safety drills played a major role in the success of today’s lockdown,” she said. “I commend Roosevelt High staff and students for their diligence in following safety protocols, as well as police officers for quickly bringing the situation under control. I also want to thank parents for their patience and understanding during the incident.”
The Hawaii school shooting will not affect Roosevelt during the remainder of the week, school officials noted. Classes are schedule to begin on Wednesday as scheduled, and counseling and support services will be offered to students.
The student injured in the Hawaii school shooting was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.