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PICKERINGTON, Ohio (WCMH) – Students were evacuated Thursday morning from a junior high school after an adult died by suicide on campus.
Pickerington police reported that at about 10 a.m., officers were called to Ridgeview Junior High over a possible criminal act that occurred outside of school but involved an adult male. Police later said that the man was at the school to discuss a school-related, non-criminal incident.
It was during that meeting that school officials learned of the possible criminal activity and police said they were contacted. After a meeting with a detective in an office, the man pulled out a pistol and shot himself.
The school was placed on immediate lockdown and secured. No one else was injured. NBC4 does not normally name those who die by suicide.
All classes in Pickerington Local School District have been canceled for Friday. Counseling services will be made available at the Pickerington Central High School gymnasium from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
“While no students were witness to the tragic incident that occurred this morning at Ridgeview, we understand that students and staff may need support as they process what occurred,” a statement from the district office said.
At about 10:20 a.m., Pickerington police posted on social media that Ridgeview students were safe, with the school on a lockdown alert as students were transferred by bus to nearby Central High School.
Police and school district officials requested that parents pick up their students at the high school field house.