NH 14-year-old shoots self in face in cafeteria

February 10, 2012 - 5:15 PM

WALPOLE, N.H. (AP) — Officials say a 14-year-old has shot himself in the face in a New Hampshire elementary school cafeteria filled with dozens of students eating lunch.

The teen, who was not identified, was hospitalized Friday after shooting himself around 11 a.m. at Walpole Elementary School in southwestern New Hampshire. Police locked down the school for several hours, but no one else was injured.

Cheshire County Attorney Peter Heed said the gunshot wound was self-inflicted.

Nick Phillips, an eighth-grader who shares homeroom with the student, says the boy had been passing notes during the week saying he was depressed. He said it wasn't clear why.

Students in fifth through eighth grades attend the school. Parents were being allowed in to retrieve their children, some of whom were being interviewed by police.