Student charged with manslaughter in school shooting

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The shooting happened at the school Wednesday.

Posted: Mar. 9, 2018 12:29 PM
Updated: Mar. 9, 2018 12:29 PM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Authorities charged a high school student with manslaughter and illegal firearms possession Friday in a classroom shooting that killed a fellow student.

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Michael Jerome Barber was being held with bond set at $75,300 in the death of Courtlin Arrington.

Both 17-year-olds were in a classroom at Huffman High School when the shooting occurred Wednesday. Barber recklessly caused Arrington's death after bringing a gun to school, prosecutors said in a statement.

The district attorney's office described the victim as a senior and aspiring nurse, while Barber is a junior who plays on Huffman's football team and has posted recruiting videos online.

Court records were not immediately available to show whether Barber had a lawyer to speak for him.

Authorities initially said the shooting could have been accidental. They reviewed videos before filing charges but didn't release details on what led to the gunshot.

The school has metal detectors, but officials said they weren't in use the day of the killing. They haven't said why.

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