One shot, one arrested at Mattoon High School Wednesday

Posted September 23, 2017

Mattoon police chief Jeff Branson said the school recently trained for active shooters.

Authorities have charged a 15-year-old Georgetown High School student after police say he made threats to "shoot up the school".

Police said the student shooter has been taken into custody, and the investigation continues.

The notice reads: "We are taking extra steps to ensure our students' safety after being alerted to rumors of a possible shooting at Geneva High School being planned".

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Behind him, the high school band begins playing the Mattoon High School fight song, with students and staff clapping in unison behind them.

NOTE: The photos in this story are courtesy The Journal Gazette and Times-Courier.

The school district will excuse any absences for families who wish to keep their children home.

School officials say they do not know exactly when the photo was taken. "The student will face serious consequences", school officials said in the Facebook post. Wickline said he grabbed her and shouted that they need to "Go!" The high school will dismiss at 12:09 pm.

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Sophomore Matthew Cox said students have been consoling one another about what happened and returned to school Thursday feeling like the setting was surreal.

The recent spike in the number of high school shootings across the country is extremely alarming. "You just try to think of what you would have done in that situation".

Cox was safe outside of the building, however, he didn't feel it. "People just rallied together and picked each other up". The school felt empty, like he shouldn't be there. Cox noted that once McQueen, the MHS math teacher who stopped the shooter, came in, everyone immediately applauded. Arthur said she is still in shock: "I've been a mess all day".

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