A Lee's Summit North High School student died Friday morning from a reported suicide inside the school.
The student, 17-year-old senior Gamesha A. Thomas, was pronounced dead shortly after she arrived at the hospital. School was dismissed for the day later in the morning.
“We are heartbroken about the passing of one of our students earlier today,” Lee’s Summit Superintendent Dennis Carpenter said in a prepared statement Friday afternoon, “and our thoughts and prayers are with the student's family, friends and teachers.”
According to Lee's Summit police, emergency crews were called to the high school about 7:50 a.m. for a student attempting to harm themselves, and when they arrived they were told that Thomas was on a second floor bathroom and students heard a single gunshot.
School staff started lockdown procedures, and emergency personnel quickly reached Thomas and rushed her to the hospital. School staff then moved students from lockdown and dismissed them at 9:15 a.m., to allow police to investigate.
The Lee's Summit School District made counselors available for students and staff following Friday’s early dismissal, as well as for next week.
Carpenter and Lee’s Summit police both commended North staff and students for their responses following the shooting, allowing emergency personnel to get to and from the scene quickly and keeping students safe.
“Our students are also to commended for their response,” Carpenter said, “especially their compassion and sensitivity today.
“I often hear that our schools are the heart of the Lee's Summit community. Today, my heart – as well as our community's heart – is breaking, and we appreciate the many staff and community members who are keeping Lee's Summit North in their thoughts.”
North High School canceled all practices and events for Friday, except for a tennis tournament to which students already had traveled. The home football game against Blue Springs has been rescheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday.