He previously declined to confirm or deny an investigation was being conducted as a result of the incident. Nathan Cato, the school’s agriculture teacher, heard the shot and saw the students standing next to a pickup belonging to one of them, Cato wrote in his witness statement. He said he took the gun from them, told them to wait in his classroom and called Hemphill. Hemphill sent the students home and ordered them to see him in his office Feb. 16, he wrote in his statement. Hemphill took custody of the gun and took it to the house of a person whose name local authorities blacked out in the statement. The student who fired the gun was suspended for the rest of the school year, according to a form filed with the state superintendent’s office in compliance with a federal funding requirement. The other student was suspended for a week.
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