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Student Shooting Self-Inflicted, School to Reopen

March 21, 1985

NEWTOWN, Pa. (AP) _ A 14-year-old girl found wounded near the door of her school later admitted shooting herself, said authorities investigating the case that caused the school to be closed for one day.

Bucks County District Attorney Michael Kane said Wednesday that no charges would be filed and the investigation was considered closed.

Kane said Council Rock High School freshman Starla Hendricks had told police that she took her father’s 7mm handgun to school Tuesday, shot herself in a second-floor bathroom and then made her way to the front door of the building, where she collapsed. He said she hid the gun in another student’s locker after the shooting, and it was recovered.

Miss Hendricks, of Northampton Township, was reported in fair condition Wednesday at St. Mary Hospital in Langhorne.

Police asked that the school be closed Wednesday for safety reasons and because they wanted to search the building for the gun.

Kane said police did not consider the shooting a suicide attempt, but declined to say why the girl would want to shoot herself, saying only that it was ″a product of some emotional disturbance she was suffering.″

″It is not appropriate to detail the circumstances about it,″ Kane said.

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