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Students react to suicide attempt on campus

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A 15-year-old has life threatening injuries after police believe he shot himself at a high school.

The teen was found outside of Cedar Rapids Jefferson behind the auditorium just before eight this morning.

Jefferson High School was put on lockdown for more than an hour because of the incident.

"I hope that they're okay," says Abby Archer, a student.

"I don't really know who the student is but it's tragic and sad though," another student, Kearlos Everett told us.

Before many details were released to students the school was placed on lockdown while police investigated.

"I just didn't know what was going on I was freaking out," says Desarae Ritchart, a student.

No one was allowed in or out of the school.

"I was out in the parking lot and we saw the cops or whatever and they told us to go home because they were on lockdown," Archer says.

The lockdown initially worried some students.

"I called my mom and my sister and my dad just in case I died because I didn't want to not talk to my family before I died," Everett told us.

Police assured the lockdown was a precaution, and students were not at risk.

Parents circulated the parking lot, many students going home early on this homecoming week Friday.

Despite the unusual school day officials remind us there is a family to keep in mind.

"You know there is a family going through the worse day of their live right now and they're going to have to need all the help and comfort from their loved ones that they can get at this point," says Greg Buelow, Cedar Rapids Public Information Officer.

There were several public safety chaplains available at the school as well as school counselors.

We do not have an update on the teens condition at this time.

School went on as normal after the lockdown was lifted, students tell us today was already supposed to be an early dismissal day with classes getting out at 1:30.

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