Today at 9:49 a.m. , deputies with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office responded to the baseball fields adjacent to Jefferson High School. When deputies arrived they found a 17 year old male who died from a gunshot wound. Deputies are investigating the death as a suicide.
Jefferson High School was placed into a lockdown and remained in that capacity until students were released from school at 1:00 p.m. The Sheriff’s office is being assisted on scene by the Jefferson Fire Department, Marion County District Attorney’s Office and the Marion county Medical Examiner’s Office.
This is a very tragic situation and law enforcement is working closely with the school district to address any needs of the students and the community. The Sheriff’s Office does not intend to release the name of the student and there are no additional details available for release.