Mattoon Police have confirmed that one student shot another at roughly 11:30 this morning in the Mattoon High School cafeteria. A teacher, who has yet to be identified, subdued the shooter, thus preventing additional injuries. The injured student is said to be in stable condition. The investigation into the motive continues.
Meanwhile, Mattoon High School will dismiss at 12:09 p.m. tomorrow, September 21st. Lunch will not be served. All other Mattoon schools will have regularly scheduled hours. Parents of any student in the district who wish to keep their children at home will be given excused absences, according to Mattoon Community Unit School District 2. Counselors, clergy, and police officers will be available for students and staff to provide comfort and counseling.