Student dies after accidental shooting at Dalhart High School

A Dalhart High School student is dead after being accidentally shot in the school parking lot.

Dalhart ISD Superintendent Jeff Byrd released the following statement about the incident: 

As the designated spokesperson and superintendent for the Dalhart Independent School District, I am issuing the following statement:

It is with deep sorrow and regret that I must inform you that a Dalhart High School student has been seriously injured. Today, February 13, 2023, the District's administration learned that a child not enrolled at the District came to Dalhart High School at lunch and picked up three (3) Dalhart High School students.

A student was injured after a firearm was accidentally discharged in the vehicle in which the student was riding.

The accident occurred in the parking lot of the High School campus and law enforcement responded immediately to the scene. Pursuant to District emergency protocol and procedures, all District campuses were placed in lock down. In cooperation with law enforcement, it was later determined that there was no threat to District schools and there was no danger to students. Parents were informed of the incident by the District's 911 app and advised that the High School would be released at 2:00 p.m. Parents were also informed that all other campuses would remain open, but they could pick up their child at any time.

Please be assured that the safety of students and staff is paramount to the District.

We are grateful for the quick response and assistance from law enforcement.

Due to the concern for the student, his family and our entire student body, Dalhart High School has decided not to participate in the Girls Basketball playoff game with Idalou tonight, and has canceled all other school activities. We will provide more information as these events are rescheduled.

However, out of respect for this student, the family and others involved, the District will not make any additional comment concerning this matter.

We appreciate your continued support for the student and the family, and ask everyone to keep them in your thoughts and prayers.


Jeff Byrd

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