CINCINNATI - The family of the La Salle High School student who shot himself at the school nearly two weeks ago issued a public statement to thank the community for their support Tuesday night.
The student, who 9 On Your Side has not identified at the family's request, shot himself while in a classroom on Monday, April 29. The student remains in critical condition at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center (UCMC).
Below is the statement UCMC released on the family's behalf:
We are truly overwhelmed at the outpouring of well wishes from family, friends, the medical staff at UC Medical, and those of absolute strangers reaching out to help us. Words cannot express how blessed we feel. We have a long road ahead of us but we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We are trying to remain strong for our son and each other. We ask that you continue to keep our son in your prayers. Thank you.
A fund was set up at Fifth Third Bank to help the family cover medical costs at UCMC.
Even though 9 On Your Side has not released the student's identity, the family has revealed the boy's last name in the name of the Fifth Third fund.
9 On Your Side is releasing the name of the fund at the family's request, but will not reveal the boy's first name.
Donations can be made under "Poynter Family Fund" at any Fifth Third Bank location in the Tri-State.
*WCPO Digital does not routinely cover suicides or attempted suicides. But after recent events, reports of guns in schools are of great public concern and demand coverage.