ANNISTON, Ala. (WIAT) — The Anniston Police Department is investigating after a student was grazed unintentionally by accidental gunfire at Anniston High School on Wednesday afternoon.
According to the APD, school resource officer was alerted to a bomb threat at the school around 12:45 p.m. After police responded and cleared the school of an explosive threat, a firearm was discharged as students re-entered the school. An officer heard a gunshot go off outside, but everyone allegedly believed it was a firecracker at first.
Authorities believe the student was adjusting their gun in a book bag when the gun went off and struck tile on the ground. Something hit another student and left them with a superficial wound, and officers believe the cut could have come from the tile or the firearm.
The APD stated the injury is not life-threatening and there are no active threats to the community.