Below is the text of a voicemail message that is being sent to parents of Eureka High School students today. It was sent to the Outpost by EHS principal Rick Jordan.
Hello, this is Rick Jordan, Principal of Eureka High School. We have completed our investigation into yesterday’s BB gun shooting. It has been determined that the injury was a result of horseplay amongst students while at a private residence during the lunch period. All students involved have been appropriately disciplined. There is no ongoing concern related to this situation.
The safety and well-being of our students is of the up-most importance, and I am deeply appreciative for the support of our students and parents, allowing us the time to resolve this issue.
Thank you very much.
UPDATE: From the Eureka Police Department:
On December 16, 2014, Officers from the Eureka Police Department were dispatched to Eureka High School to investigate a report of a student being shot with a BB gun in the green belt area near 15th and L streets.
On December 17, 2014, the investigation revealed that the shooting took place at a residence during the student’s lunch break and not in the green belt as previously reported. The shooter and victim, both acquaintances, came forward this morning to school staff claiming the shooting was an accident and confirmed they fabricated the story because they were scared. The Eureka Police Department’s School Resource Officer is handling the investigation and currently working with the school to contact any additional students who may have been a witness to the accidental shooting.
The Eureka Police Department would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that all guns, BB, pellet, or real, are dangerous and have the ability to cause serious bodily harm or death. All firearms should be treated as they are loaded and never pointed at another person.