UPDATED: Apparent suicide attempt reported at Cedar Rapids high school

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Update: The Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School student who was found Friday with a self-inflicted gunshot wound died Saturday afternoon at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, according to news reports.

Original post: A student was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound at Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids around 8 a.m. Friday morning, prompting a lockdown.

According to news reports, Cedar Rapids Police officers arrived at the school in response to a shooting. The 15-year-old student was taken to a Cedar Rapids hospital before being transferred to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics with life-threatening injuries.

Students told reporters they would be wearing purple to football games Friday night to highlight suicide awareness.

This news comes during the week declared by Gov. Terry Branstad as Suicide Prevention Week, which started Sept. 5 and continues through Sept. 11.

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death for Iowans and the second leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-olds, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

In a press release from last week, Pat McGovern, the suicide prevention program coordinator with the department of public health, noted that the stigma surrounding mental health issues and treatment can prevent people from seeking help. She said many people who commit suicide have talked about it or shown other warning signs


If you or someone you know may be suicidal, seek help immediately.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Phone: (800) 273-TALK

Your Life Iowa
Phone: (855)-581-8111
Text: (855)-895-8398 (2 to 10 p.m.)

For more information about how the Iowa Department of Public Health is addressing suicide prevention, visit

Editor’s Note:

This story was updated Monday, Sept. 12 to reflect new information about the student’s condition.

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