CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- UPDATED 4:10 P.M.--It was a day of heartbreak, devastation and shock for students, teachers and parents at Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids.
That's after a 15-year-old student attempted suicide on school grounds with a gun just before 8:00 o'clock this morning.
Authorities say the student was taken to a Cedar Rapids Hospital with life threatening injuries and then transferred to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Police did not have an updated condition report as of Friday afternoon.
Two students told TV9 they heard some kind of "popping" sound as they were entering one of the buildings. Police don't believe anyone witnessed the shooting itself which took place on school grounds just outside an auditorium.
That shooting triggered a shutdown at Jefferson that lasted for about two hours. That meant students couldn't leave the building. But one student, Kayla Glassberg, who was off campus at the time also discovered she couldn't return to school right away.
"I called my mom because they wouldn't let us in. They told us to go home and then they sent a call out later saying we could come back," Glassberg said.
After the lockdown ended, parents and students got a choice.
Students could stay in classes with counselors available or go home immediately.
One parent, Christy Rasmussen, said she wanted her two Jefferson students to go home.
"My older son, he's pretty upset too. He wants to come out so I'm going to pull both of them out today," she said.
Students told TV9 about half the students left early while the other half stayed till the end of the regular school day.
Some of the students also said they believe many would try to pay tribute to suicide awareness Friday night by wearing the color purple to football games.
School administrators say if that happens, it's something students are doing and not something coordinated by the school district.
ORIGINAL POST: CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – A 15-year-old boy has a life-threatening injury after investigators say officers found the teenager behind the auditorium at Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School with what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Cedar Rapids Police confirm that Jefferson High School has been on lockdown status, since about 8 a.m.
A heavy police presence is surrounding the school on the city’s west side. A TV-9 crew on scene reports what appears to be the band area does have crime scene tape near the doors. Numerous busses also arrived at the school. Leaders with the school district say that students at Jefferson are “secured and students are being held in place” until the district can gather more information.
Cedar Rapids public safety spokesman Greg Buelow told TV-9 there does not appear to be an active threat towards others at Jefferson High School.
KCRG-TV9 and kcrg.com will update this breaking news story as we confirm more information.