UPDATE 8:25 a.m. Thursday - The district has released a statement in part that says the high school will hold classes Thursday, but students will be dismissed at 12:09 p.m., and lunch will not be served.
All other schools in the district will keep their regularly scheduled hours. Counselors, clergy, and police officers will be available for students and staff to provide comfort and counseling.
UPDATE 2:10 p.m. - The Mattoon School District has released the following statement regarding the shooting earlier today.
Mattoon High School officials were made aware of an active student shooter at approximately 11:33 a.m. this morning on the Mattoon High School campus.
The School Resource Officers and school officials headed to the cafeteria where they heard shots fired.
The suspect fired shots in the school cafeteria, before he was subdued and disarmed.
Emergency procedures were activated and students and staff exited the high school. As a result of shots being fired, one student was injured.
First responders arrived, secured the facility, and transported the student to the hospital. The injured student’s parents were notified and all students were transported to Riddle Elementary School to be released to their parents.
We are saddened that this event has happened and we will provide counseling to students in need. We will continue to work with emergency personnel to determine what happened.
We appreciate the quick response of school staff and first responders. Most importantly, we offer our thoughts and prayers to the injured student and all who are affected by this tragedy.
12:25 p.m. - Regional Radio News has received reports of an active shooter situation at Mattoon High School.
A suspect is reportedly in custody, with the school on lockdown, and students being evacuated to Riddle Elementary School. Parents are asked to pick up their children there. Initial reports are stating that shots were fired, with at least one person injured.
Regional Radio News will have more updates as they become available.