BRAY — A seventh-grader practicing with the junior high school football team was shot, prompting a lockdown of this rural campus Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
The student, whose name wasn’t released, was wounded when the bullet went through the upper buttocks area and exited through the lower buttocks, said Kevin McKinley, superintendent of the Bray-Doyle School District. The student was hospitalized, but the injury wasn’t thought to be serious, McKinley said.
Officials believe the shooting was accidental, the result of a stray bullet from someone in a wooded area that surrounds the campus, McKinley said.
"Everyone I talked to first thought deer season opens Saturday and with that going on, someone was out there target practicing,” he said.
McKinley said law enforcement officers recovered the bullet at the hospital and were still at the school doing their investigation Thursday evening.
The team was at the high school football field preparing for Friday night’s game when they heard a gunshot about 2:40 p.m., McKinley said.
While the coach attended to the student, an assistant coach took players to the back of the gym.
The Stephens County Sheriff’s office was called about 2:43 p.m. and the campus was placed on lockdown, McKinley said. Students were allowed to go home around 3:20 p.m.
Practice for other events was canceled, but officials expected Friday’s games to go on. Counselors will be on hand.