BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Charges have been officially filed in the shooting death of a Huffman High School student during a shooting on campus.
Michael Jerome Barber, 17, is facing manslaughter and certain persons forbidden to possess a pistol in the killing of 17-year-old Courtlin Arrington, who was shot Wednesday as classes were dismissing for the day.
Barber's bonds have been set at $75,000 and $300 respectively. He will be transferred to the Jefferson County Jail.
Students returned to class Friday.
The administration met with Birmingham's Interim Chief of Police Orlando Wilson and Birmingham City Schools Superintendent Lisa Herring to put together a comprehensive safety plan for Friday's return to classes, according to a news release.
There will be an increased amount school resource officers and additional patrols on the inside and the outside of the school.
Police confirm that a person of interest is in custody.
"Detectives of the Birmingham Police Department have been working through the night reviewing evidence, video and statements on the tragic incident that took place at Huffman High School yesterday," Lt. Peter Williston said in a statement. "Due to their diligent work a person of interest has been taken into custody."
Birmingham Police Chief Orlando Wilson confirmed that 17-year-old senior Courtlin Arrington was killed. Another 17-year-old was shot. Both were sent to UAB Hospital, where Arrington was pronounced dead.
The male was treated and released.
Huffman High School is closed as officers review the school's security strategy.
Birmingham police are calling the incident a death investigation.
"We are not saying he shot her or did not shoot her. We are saying shots were fired," Wilson said during a press conference.
Wilson said the firearm used is in police possession. The Chief said it is unknown what caused the alleged shooting.
Huffman High School, Wilson said, has cameras inside the school.
Students interviewed by WBRC said the bell rang at 3:40 p.m. and the gunshots occurred around 3:45 p.m. The school was placed on lockdown.
A third person, who is not a student, was injured, but it is unknown to what extent.
Huffman High School is closed Thursday.
Birmingham City Schools released the following statement:
Governor Kay Ivey released the following statement:
Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell, D-AL, released the following statement.
Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin ordered all flags at city facilities to be flown at half-staff.
Hezekiah Jackson IV, president of the Metro Birmingham NAACP, released the following statement:
Birmingham Schools plan to use a school safety tipline/hotline for students or teachers to call with safety concerns, they can text tips as well. The number is 1-877-250-2830.
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