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Teen Fires at Teacher, Shoots Self

A 15-year-old middle school student in southeast rural Louisiana fired a gunshot at an English teacher before class began and then shot himself in the head in an unsuccessful suicide attempt, local authorities said.

In his backpack, a journal had detailed plans on how the student planned to commit his crimes, including where to enter the school and in which bathroom to "gear up," according to Sgt. Lesley Peters, a Lafourche Parish Sheriff's spokeswoman.

"Ya'll will die," the student wrote in the journal, Peters said. "I will commit suicide after the killings ha ha ha."

The shooting at Larose-Cut Off Middle School, about 45 miles southwest of New Orleans, prompted authorities to lock down and evacuate the school and rattled the quiet, Cajun fishing community. The 15-year-old boy remained in critical but stable condition at Terrebonne General Medical Center in Houma, La. Sheriff's deputies did not release the boy's name Monday. No one else was hurt.

"You see this all the time all over the country and now here it is in your own backyard," said Floyd Benoit, a spokesman with the Lafourche Parish Public Schools Board. "It hits you hard."

The incident occurred just before 9 a.m., as students were switching between classes, Benoit said.

The teen entered the English class through a rear door, his father's loaded, nickel-plated .25-caliber handgun at his side, Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre said. As he walked to the front of the class, he ordered the students in the room to "get down," Webre said. The boy was a student in the school but did not belong in that particular class, Webre said. The teacher did not recognize him.

He then said "Hail Marilyn Manson!" referencing the alternative metal rock star. He pointed the gun at a whiteboard hanging in front of the class, but the gun didn't fire, Webre said. He pointed the gun at the teacher, then raised it slightly higher and fired, Webre said. The bullet smashed into the wall over the teacher's head.

The teen walked across the hall to the boys' bathroom and, in a vestibule that leads to an outside door, shot himself in the head, Webre said.

The boy has only a few minor violations on his school disciplinary record, Benoit said. School officials said he wasn't a problem student and was not picked on by others, Benoit said.

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