17yo Michael Jerome Barber Charged In Alabama School Shooting That Killed Courtlin Arrington

by Kim Boateng Last updated on March 14th, 2018,

Birmingham, Alabama, USA: 17-year-old Michael Jerome Barber, has been charged with manslaughter and illegal firearms possession in a classroom shooting that killed fellow Huffman High School student, Courtlin Arrington, also 17.

Birmingham Police say Michael Jerome Barber was being held Friday at the Jefferson County Jail. Both 17-year-olds were in a Huffman High School classroom when it happened on Wednesday.

Authorities describe the victim as a senior and aspiring nurse. Barber plays on Huffman’s football team and has posted recruiting videos online.

Authorities initially said the shooting could have been accidental. They reviewed videos before filing charges.

The school has metal detectors, but officials said they weren’t in use that day. They haven’t said why.

Barber’s bond is set at $75,300. Public court records don’t yet show whether he’s got a lawyer to speak for him.

According to reports, Michael Jerome Barber, a popular football player, was “showing off a gun” to girls in the school – and they claim it accidentally discharged – killing Courtlin.

Police say, the boy then put the red hot and just fired gun into his waistband, and shot himself in the leg.

Courtlin Arrington was set to graduate from the school in May and had already been accepted into a college to follow her dreams of becoming a nurse. On March 6, the teen shared a post that read “Thank u god in advance for what’s about to happen.”

A now-heartbreaking post made by Courtlin Arrington also talked about the beauty of attending the school’s upcoming prom.

EARLIER: 17yo Girl Killed In Alabama, Mississippi School Shootings, Others Wounded – Police in Birmingham say a 17-year-old female student, Courtlin Arrington, died from her wounds and two students and an adult were wounded in a shooting at Huffman High School Birmingham, Alabama today, Wednesday. The victims of the shooting were transported to UAB Hospital in Birmingham.

The school was also placed on lockdown. Police took a “person of interest” into custody and the Jefferson County district attorney’s office is reviewing the case for possible charges. The police department later identified the individual in custody as Michael Jerome Barber.

The Birmingham City School district released the following statement: “Two students were involved in a shooting during dismissal today at Huffman High School. The school was placed on a brief lockdown, and police were called to the scene. Students have been released and police are actively investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting.”

Police are referring to the incident as an ‘accidental shooting.’

Governor Kay Ivey released the following statement:

I am saddened to learn about the death of the Huffman High School student. I am praying for the family of this young lady who has tragically lost her life way too early. Every life is precious and, even though this was an accident, it reaffirms that there is no place for students to have firearms or other weapons on campus.

Police are are also investigating after a student at Jackson State University , JSU, in Jackson, Mississippi, was shot on campus, today, Wednesday.

Jackson State University officials have confirmed that a male student was shot inside Dixon Hall at around 1 pm. He was taken to the hospital with non life threatening injuries.

Jackson State University released the following statement:
“A student involved shooting incident has taken place in Dixon Hall at Jackson State University. The student sustained a non-life-threatening injury and has been transported to the hospital. There is not an active threat on campus.The safety of our students, faculty, and staff are our top priority, and we have put measures in place to ensure their safety. The incident is currently under investigation. For further updates, continue to monitor the university’s social media.”

The school shootings in Alabama and Mississippi took place the same day Florida lawmakers passed a school security bill package. It includes raising the age to buy an assault weapon and arm teachers, also proposed in Alabama. Alabama lawmakers said they would review and consider Florida’s legislation.

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Kim Boateng

Kim Boateng

With a Degree in Environmental Sciences, Kim the self professed jack of all trades and master of some simply "goes there" and brings a level of attention and detail to Nigeria Circle's quest for excellence in investigative journalism that sets her apart. Before journalism she worked in Safety, Quality Assurance and Control in several industries.
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