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Austin High School Student Shoots, Kills Self at Lunch

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013  |  Updated 10:04 AM CDT
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Austin HS Student Kills Self at Lunch

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A student at an Austin high school shot and killed himself Tuesday as others gathered nearby for lunch.

School officials say no one else was harmed in the shooting shortly after noon Tuesday at Lanier High School.

Junior Alex Hernandez told the Austin American-Statesman that the boy was sitting alone in a courtyard outside the cafeteria when he pulled out a handgun.

Superintendent Meria Carstarphen said in a statement posted on the Austin school district's website that the school was placed on lockdown before students were released to the custody of their parents.

She says counselors will be provided to meet with students.

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