West Clermont student dies after accidentally shooting himself in the head


    A boy calls 911 to say his friend accidentally shot himself in the head with his father's gun (WKRC)<p>{/p}

    UNION TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKRC) - A 14-year-old boy was taken to the hospital by medical helicopter after his friend says he accidentally shot himself in the head. Union Township Police say that boy has died.

    Zachary Walton was using FaceTime to talk with a friend just before 11 a.m. That friend called 911. He told 911 that the teen didn't know there was a live round in the gun before he fired it. The friend said the gun belonged to Walton's father, who wasn't at the Beechmont Drive home at the time.

    The friend didn't have a phone. He ran to a neighbor's house to call.

    Police have not released any other information.

    The teen was a student at West Clermont High School. Principal Randy Gebhardt sent this email to parents.

    Dear West Clermont families:
    We are deeply saddened to inform you that a student at West Clermont High School passed away today after an accident at home. While it may be tempting for some to speculate, I do ask that out of respect to the family, and for those involved, that our school community refrain from doing so.
    As always, but especially in this difficult time, the well being of our students and staff is our top priority. We are providing grief counselors at the high school in both community rooms for those students and staff members wishing to talk. We will have them available today until 4 pm and tomorrow as long as necessary to support our pack through this loss.
    We are also in contact with the family to provide any support needed. That includes finding ways that we can be helpful to them as a school community that is in keeping with the wishes of the family.
    This is a good time to remind you to talk with your kids about their feelings and their well being. Let them know that there are resources in place at the high school and in the community if they ever need to talk with anyone. They can contact:
    Clermont County Crisis Hotline 513-528-SAVE (7283)
    As we move through this very difficult loss, please know that we will try to maintain normalcy for our students. While that will be difficult, our teachers and staff will be sensitive to the student needs. It will take all of us time to work through this, but please do let me know if you have any concerns or thoughts. It is is important at this time that our students and staff know that we are one pack and we will take care of each other.
    Sincerely,
    Randy Gebhardt
    Principal
    West Clermont High School


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