Early morning school shooting at Highland High School rattles Palmdale

Highland High School in Palmdale, CA

One student was shot in the arm at Highland High School in Palmdale, and is expected to survive. Police apprehended a suspect.

At around 7:05 a.m., Los Angeles County sheriffs responded to reports of a person with a gun at Highland High School in Palmdale, California.

“[S]everal students began tweeting that they could hear gunshots and urged other classmates not to come to the campus,” reports the L.A. Times.

One student was shot in the arm, and is in stable condition at a local hospital. One firearm was recovered at the scene.

By 8:15 am, one suspect had been detained, and deputies cleared the school shortly after 9 a.m., although the investigation is ongoing.

Sheriffs also responded to nearby Manzanita Elementary School after reports of gunshots, and quickly cleared the school, finding no evidence of a crime.

Palmdale is located in north Los Angeles County.

Gun violence, especially in schools, has been a national conversation in the months since the Feb. 14 school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In the past several months, students across the country, and in nearby Santa Clarita, have marched and protested against gun violence in schools.

“There should never be a time that we go to school and fear for our lives, and that seems like a recurring theme in America now, and we need to stop that,” Ally Sagardia, a senior at Valencia High School, told the Santa Clarita Signal.

Other students had messages for Republican Rep. Steve Knight, who represents Santa Clarita, Palmdale, and other areas north of Los Angeles.

According to the Hart District Walkout website, students marched earlier this year to make sure their government “hears the voices of thousands of students crying for their lives and futures, and places their conscience over money when it comes to creating policy.

One of the group’s goals, according to its website, was to “send a message to our district representative Steve Knight as well as others so they understand this is not just a request, but a demand of the people.”

Knight has an “A” rating from the NRA, and has voted repeatedly in Congress to loosen restrictions on gun control. In April, Knight skipped a student-led community forum discussing gun control, and an anti-gun violence group recently launched an ad attacking him for accepting donations from the NRA.

“I hope that when I’m in high school, I don’t ever have to fear for my life whenever I step onto a school campus,” fifth-grader Samantha Armitage said in March.