BOSTON (CBS) – A New Hampshire teen who shot himself at school last week is in critical condition but is expected to survive, police told WBZ-TV on Monday.

Hunter Mack shot himself in the face with a rifle Friday during lunch at Walpole Elementary School on Bemis Lane in Walpole, New Hampshire.

Police told WBZ-TV that students told adults that the 14-year-old was depressed and had been making threats to hurt himself.

WBZ-TV’s Lauren Leamanczyk reports

School officials notified his parents and put safeguards in place a week before the shooting, police said.

Authorities are still investigating whether any charges are warranted in the case.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has several resources if you suspect someone is suicidal. You can learn more on their website.

Comments (5)
  1. Matt says:

    He should be charged with attempted murder, illegal possesion of a gun, anythig else that comes with bringing it to a school and discharging it and sent a bill for all of the shrinks that they had to bring in to help everyone cope with his selfishness.

    I get it, I have no compassion.

    1. Mom in Walpole says:

      My son is dealing very well, HIS only concern is what life will be like for Hunter. The school district not only provided support for middle school children but they talked and supported the primary school children as well. The district can afford it. I think that my son is right, the life Hunter will wake up to, is repayment enough, And BTW, he did not try to shoot anyone but himsllf so attempted murder???

  2. Denise says:

    it’s very sad that someone this young has worries that great they they feel that is the only solution. I don’t profess to have the answers but obviously the resources that the kids had were not adequate to deal with the reality of what happened. Did they feel he wasn’t serious? With all the adolecent suicide these days (or maybe it always was – but now it’s in the news) you would think they would have taken his threats to himself serious. Hopefully this cry for help will now be heard. And I know kids families that have tried to report bad situations to DSS and I’ve decided that they are in serious need to GOOD help because the kids have ment w/ a number of DSS workers and nothing has ever happened to make thier lives better. So kids do reach out – but when people are to affraid to do anything due to retaliation these days – someone is bound to get hurt or worse! But I’m glad he’s going to survive – I just hope he’s glad too! Sometimes a near death experience changes your outlook on life!

  3. mamom says:

    Obviously the “safeguards” they had in place didn’t include blocking access for firearms. Where did he get the rifle? To do something this violent is frightening. To do this in front of his classmates is extremely disturbing, not to mention he put them at risk for injury as well. I don’t believe this is over a failed relationship…he is only 14. He obviously needs a lot of help and hopes that he gets it as soon as he recovers.

  4. ginny2 says:

    I’m glad to hear that this young man is going to survive, but my biggest concen is the lack of ability of kids today to cope with everyday things. It seems like kids today are so pampered/sheltered from the realities of everyday life occurances. At 14,the loss of a relationship is nothing compared to what could be down the line.

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