Petal student fires gun near bus stop, no injuries reported

FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Petal student has withdrawn from the district after shooting a gun near a Forrest County bus stop.

"The student brought the gun and was shooting it near the bus stop, before the bus even came, and he then apparently hid the gun in the ditch and went to school," Petal School District Superintendent Matt Dillon said. "There were no threats made to students, or any indication the gun was intended to be brought to school or on the bus."

According to Dillon, the shooting happened Tuesday morning on a rural road in Forrest County.

"Anything like this that happens at or near a bus stop we take serious, those bus stops are an extension of the school," Dillon said.

Dillon said the district started its investigation on Tuesday afternoon.

"We were made aware of the shooting through people in the community late Tuesday afternoon and then were able to further our investigation Wednesday morning," Dillon said.

Dillon added that a neighbor on the street got the gun out the ditch after the shooting.

"Our school district police worked closely with members of the Forrest County Sheriff's Department in the matter," Dillon said. "It is still unclear where the gun came from, but that is still part of the ongoing investigation."

The student, who is not being named, withdrew from the district Thursday.

"Our number one priority always is the safety of our students, anytime there is a safety issue or anything that could be dangerous we act immediately," Dillon said.