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Catholic high school shooting shocks US diocese
    A Scranton diocesan spokeswoman called Wednesday's student shooting at Bishop Neumann High School in Pennsylvania a 'sad and shocking' reminder that violence can occur anywhere.
    An eighth-grade girl suffered a bullet wound in the upper arm. The alleged shooter, who was in police custody, was also an eighth-grade girl.
    Maria Orzel, diocesan communications director, told Catholic News Service that Bishop James C. Timlin of Scranton, who is a pilot, left Scranton immediately to fly the 120 km to the school at Williamsport.
    The shooting occurred in the cafeteria during the first lunch period. Ms Orzel said the students fled the cafeteria, adding that the principal, Paul Ward, and assistant principal, Judith Fulmer, went to the cafeteria right away 'and talked the young lady into putting the gun down'.
    The victim was first taken to Williamsport Hospital and then flown to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.
    Ms Orzel said such violence 'is unfortunately a situation, I'm afraid, that every school -- whether it's a Catholic school, a private school or a public school -- has to be prepared for and deal with'.
    She said during the afternoon the students were being interviewed by police at the school and then sent next door to St. Boniface Church to be picked up by their parents.
   
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9-Mar-01


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