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CNN Today

Situation Calm After Six-Year-Old Girl Shot, Killed at Buell Elementary in Michigan

Aired February 29, 2000 - 2:00 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: A six-year-old Michigan girl was shot and killed this morning when a handgun went off in her first-grade classroom. Details still are sketchy about how the shooting occurred. We do understand another first-grader is in police custody.

Joining us on the line from Mount Morris Township near Flint, Michigan, Detroit bureau chief Ed Garsten.

Ed, what's the latest.

ED GARSTEN, CNN DETROIT BUREAU CHIEF: Well, Lou, we can see parents and teachers have been leaving the school within the last half hour. We understand that while all of the students, except the members of the first-grade class, approximately 22 students, were allowed to leave the school and taken to a church across the street. The students from the classroom where the shooting occurred were kept in the room basically all day to be questioned by police and school officials. The classroom was sealed off as a crime scene so that police can know exactly what happened and that there's no -- there's no problems with the evidence.

I talked to some parents outside the school. There are extremely mixed emotions. Some are relieved, of course, that their children were not victims but "disgusted," is the word that they use, by the whole situation, that a six-year-old child could bring a weapon into a school. One parent I just spoke with said she had just transferred her six-year-old boy to Buell Elementary School because she thought it was a better school. But she said he will not return to the school, she just doesn't trust the security.

The school superintendent said that they did plan to increase security somewhat. Being a grade school, there honestly wasn't much to begin with. The school will remain closed for the time being, but they hope to open it, in the superintendent's words, as soon as possible.

But as you said, the exact details of the shooting remain sketchy, they're not sure still if it was an accident or intentional or how a six-year-old or seven-year-old child might have gotten a weapon and brought it into the school. But right now, the situation outside the Buell Elementary seems to be calm. Police have everything ostensibly under control, and people are happy that the area is secured -- Lou. WATERS: All right, Ed Garsten, CNN's Ed Garsten in Michigan this afternoon keeping track of that story for us.

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