Watch: Was This School Officer Justified in Shooting 14-Year-Old Student Lunging at Classmates With a Knife?

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Watch: Was This School Officer Justified in Shooting 14-Year-Old Student Lunging at Classmates With a Knife?

Merciless bullying allegedly led to Logan Clark’s violent outburst.

Published December 8, 2016

A 14-year-old student at Hug High School in Nevada was shot after he lunged at students with a large knife in hand. On Wednesday morning, Logan Clark was shot by a Washoe County School District police officer — which sent the campus into lockdown for the rest of the day.

Justin Clark, who identified his son Logan, says his son is in critical condition at a local hospital. Clark also alleged in a Facebook post that Logan was bullied before he emotionally snapped. According to Clark, the family is being represented by Reno attorney David Houston.

  1. Hug student Eduardo Ayala captured the moment Clark was shot

    Reno Police Chief Jason Soto said the incident began at 11:25 a.m. after two students were involved in an altercation. One of those students, later identified as Logan, pulled out a knife and tried to attack others. At that point, a school police officer approached the student and instructed him to drop the knife, Soto said. When the student didn't cooperate, the officer shot him in the shoulder and then provided medical attention, Soto added.

  2. After the shooting, the washoe school district sent out an announcement that the school would be on lockdown
  3. After police secured the premises, students were released from campus, with classes resuming as normal today
  4. After video of the shooting was released, many questioned whether or not the officer made the right decision
  5. Although some believe Logan needs to be punished, several parents, including his father, alleged bullying caused his outburst.

    Demick Laflamme, whose son is reportedly friends with Logan, told the Reno Gazette-Journal the boy had been “bullied for days.”

    “He is my son's best friend. He's a victim and he's only 15 years old,” said Laflamme. "[He] is over at my house almost every day."

    Laflamme said the student had talked about being bullied at school.

    "The kids take bullying into their own hands, and he was shot for it," Laflamme said.

  6. The graphic nature of the shooting and the close proximity to other students has caused many to offer their condolences

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Diverse Images/Getty Images)

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