An 18-year-old Robinson High School senior died Wednesday morning from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the back parking lot of the high school, said Jill Anderson, city of Robinson public information and communications director.
Robinson police responded to the call about 9:30 a.m., with Waco Independent School District police assisting.
Police are unsure where the student got the gun, but no other students were present or injured during the shooting, she said.
Police think it was a suicide because he fired three shots and left an apology tweet on his Twitter account at 9:21 a.m., Anderson said.
The tweet stated: “I love all of you. This day has been coming for a long time I love my family so much and especially (my girlfriend) I’m sorry.”
After learning the news, parents raced to the school to pick up their children, some of whom were sobbing as they left the building Wednesday morning.
A recorded message from Robinson ISD Superintendent Michael Hope sent out just after 10 a.m. notified parents that school was not closed, but they could come pick up their children.
In a press conference after the incident, Hope said students were not allowed to leave school alone, but the majority of parents had picked them up by noon.
The district requested all district counselors, Education Service Center Region 12 counselors and local ministers to help students cope with the tragedy, Hope said. Students who remained at the school were with counselors and teachers, but not attending class, he said.
Hope said high school classes will be delayed until 9 a.m. Thursday and counselors will be available to anyone who needs help coping with the tragedy.
“Please pray for the family. Please continue to lift them up — all the Robinson Rockets family up in prayer. The staff, the students, because they’re going to need it,” Hope said.
The community has been incredibly supportive with surrounding school districts offering assistance, he said.
Victorious Life Church in Robinson held a prayer service at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to help students and staff grieve, Hope said.
“We’ve had just a tremendous overflowing of support,” he said.
The district will post online resources on its website for parents to ensure their students remain healthy.
“We want to make sure (parents) check on their students, check on their kids to make sure they’re OK,” Hope said. “Any type of tragedy just affects us all in different ways. We want to make sure the rest of our students are all helped.”
Robinson High School senior Savannah Horn, 17, said she learned of the suicide when some of the teachers started crying.
More than 700 students are enrolled at Robinson High School, and graduation is May 29.