CCHS locked down after teen’s apparent suicide

By Rachael Scarborough King / The Bulletin
Published: February 09. 2007 5:00AM PST

PRINEVILLE – A Crook County High School student found another student dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in the school’s parking lot Thursday afternoon.

The discovery, which occurred at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, led to a temporary school lockdown, Prineville Police Chief Eric Bush said.

The victim was Marc Adam Hollingsworth, an 18-year-old student who recently transfered to Pioneer High School from Crook County High School, according to Superintendent Steve Swisher.

“We’ve gotten the word out pretty quickly that this was an isolated incident; it wasn’t a danger to anyone at the school,” Bush said.

The lockdown lasted about 30 minutes and students were able to leave at the normal time, Bush said. He added that he had not spoken to any students yet.

“I didn’t talk to any kids, but I know that there were people that were upset,” he said. “This type of thing upsets anyone who’s aware of it or remotely associated with it.”

Swisher said that a crisis response team of counselors and trained community members was in the school Thursday afternoon.

Bush said the investigation into the incident is continuing, and he could not say whether Hollingsworth was found inside a car or whether he had any siblings at the school. A handgun was recovered at the scene, according to the news release.

Bush said he is not aware of any other incidents involving a shooting at a Crook County school in the past. The Crook County Sheriff’s Office also assisted in the initial response.

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