Shots Fired At Students As Parkland High Dismissed

Shots Fired At Students As Parkland High Dismissed

6:24pm Sep 17, 2021
Students leave Parkland High School after a lockdown ended Friday afternoon. PAUL GARBER/WFDD

Forsyth County Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough says no one was injured when a male subject fired shots at Parkland High School students as the school adjourned Friday afternoon.

Kimbrough says multiple shots erupted from the woodline that abuts the school’s property on the east side.

It’s the latest incident requiring police presence on the school system in the opening weeks of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County’s school year. That includes the fatal shooting of a student at Mount Tabor High School on the eighth school day.

“It’s frustrating as hell to me,” says Kimbrough, who has children in the school system. “This is not a third-world country. This is not a country under attack. This is Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This should not be happening.”

Shell casings from where investigators believe the shots were fired have been recovered, Kimbrough says. It’s unclear where the shots landed.

No one had been taken into custody as of late Friday afternoon. Kimbrough said he did not know if the suspect had a connection to Parkland.

Because of violence and threats in the school year, including at Parkland, there are on any given day eight to ten SROs at the school, including Friday.

Those officers helped students get back into school safely and took part in the chase of the suspect, Kimbrough says.

“By the grace of God, we don’t have a kid struck,” he says. “By the grace of God, we don’t have a kid dead tonight. By the grace of God, we’re all going to go home uninjured. But not unscarred mentally.”

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