WALPOLE, N.H. (CBS) – A 14-year-old student shot himself in the face at a middle school in Walpole, New Hampshire on Friday in what other students believe was a suicide attempt.

It happened around 11 a.m. in the cafeteria at the Walpole Elementary School on Bemis Lane.
school shooting 14 Year Old Shoots Self At School In Walpole, New Hampshire

There were about 70 students in the cafeteria eating lunch at the time.  No one else was hurt.

The boy’s step-cousin, Nick Philips says he had been talking about shooting himself all week.

“It was on purpose. He’s been telling everyone about it this week. He’s just been depressed lately,” Philips said.

The school principal wouldn’t comment on whether any officials were told about any warning signs.

Police put the school on lock down for several hours.

The teen was rushed to the hospital, where his condition is said to be very serious.

His name has not been released.

WBZ-TV New Hampshire Bureau Chief Lauren Leamanczyk reports

Officials confirmed that the gun the boy used was a rifle. It’s unclear where he got the weapon. Students who talked to WBZ-TV said that no one seemed to have seen the gun until the shooting took place.

The school is for students in grades 5 through 8.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports

Gov. John Lynch released this statement Friday afternoon:

“This is a terrible tragedy, and I know that all of New Hampshire shares in the pain and grief of the children, families and community of the Walpole Elementary School. The state of New Hampshire is offering whatever assistance it can to the community, along with all of our thoughts and prayers.”

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has several resources if you suspect someone is suicidal.

You can learn more on their website.

Comments (14)
  1. A says:

    So we have 14 year olds bringing rifles to school to commit suicide now ?

    Hope this kid recovers and SERIOUSLY hope that the parents are removed from their responsibilities as they clearly don’t master them

    That being before or after jail for not having a firearm locked away safely is to me indifferent

  2. Lou from NH says:

    I extend my sympathies to the family and friends of this young boy and also to his classmates and staff of Walpole Elementary.

    We do not know why this happened yet…but what we can do is pray for healing. So A – I think we need to hold on the recriminations for now until we find out why this happened.

    1. A says:

      I think the chain of events speak for themselves.
      14 year old boy brings rifle to school and shoots himself in the cafeteria in an already warned suicide attempt

      As I wrote, I hope for the guys full recovery but I too hope for the full extend of the law to be brought onto the parents.

      1. Dave says:

        Why are you blaming the parents? What did they do? He was too depressed. If parents were to be blamed for this, then everyone who came into contact with him, and those who avoided contact with him are responsible for this.

      2. Judy says:

        the parents aren’t to blame for a choice the teen made

  3. Robert says:

    This is clearly a case of teenage attention seeking behavior. At 14 you do not have to deal with suicidal depression (excluding extreme circumstances) but the obvious telling of this story; is how the boy told relatives that he was considering such an acute action. One dealing with depression (I would include myself, and I am fairly young myself) does not tell others that they are contemplating an act like this without asking for pity or empathy from the other person.
    Of course this is a sad story for the family for having to deal with this issue. But what should not be forgotten is that the boy took a firearm into a school full of students putting all the other students at risk, so that members of his family and the community that he lives in would empathize with what ever mental issues he was dealing with.
    Although I should feel bad for the boy I feel absolutely no sadness for such a selfish action

    1. Nony Mous says:

      You’re clearly missing a vital part of what it means to be human. Your assupmtion of what you would do (or have done) in a similar situation does not make it a universal truth. Good luck with becoming a real boy someday Pinnochio.

    2. BGonya says:

      You are an idiot….

  4. AAA says:

    You are an idiot A.

    1. You don’t know where the student got the firearm.
    2. Because a child attempts suicide you think he should be removed from his parents? You’re just dumb.

  5. Margaret says:

    Q: Where did he get the gun?
    A: Free access to gun at home.

    Q: How did he get it to school?
    A: Using second amendment.

    1. John Hardin says:

      “Q: How did he get it to school?
      A: Using second amendment.”

      That’s utter garbage.

      He likely got it into school simply by hiding it in a backpack. Were there metal detectors at the doors? Were students’ bags searched for weapons? Because that’s what it takes. Little stickers on the doors won’t deter someone who is intent on committing suicide or a crime of violence.

  6. BGonya says:

    This message is for the first idiot that posted…

    Your very judgmental this kid was clearly going through a very hard time and for your to your comments in that are clearly wrong is…. Well lets just say it says a lot about you. You have no right to comment on other peoples feeling because you do not know how they are feeling. I’m sure that he did not wake up on day and say I am going to shoot myself in the cafe. It does not happen that way. I know this from experience I have been down that road its not easy place to be. Don’t judge people.

    Your an ass.

  7. Just A. Thought says:

    1.) I am very doubtful that this was simply “attention seeking behavior.” Depression is different for everyone and 14 year olds are clinically diagnosed with depression daily. Also, it is actually quite false that individuals that are considering sucide do not disclose it to someone.

    2.) As harsh as it may sound, parents are accountable for these types of situations as well. How did the child get the gun, did any other possible warning signs go unoticed? It’s important to remember how young this individual is.

    Nony Mous, I agree with you completely.

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