PROVO -- A 14-year-old Provo High School student shot himself Monday afternoon on the school campus.
He admitted to police that the shot, which took place at about 2:30 p.m., just prior to the final bell of the school day, came from a handgun and was self-inflicted. The boy was reported to be in stable condition.
School is expected to continue Tuesday as normally scheduled.
"He was in a secluded area, by himself," said Det. Chris Chambers of the Provo Police Department. "There was very minimal interruption today. He was near one of the outbuildings."
The student himself was the one who called 911 to report the shooting. He went into a school bathroom to make the call.
He suffered a gunshot wound to his cheeks but missed his teeth, Chambers said.
"He was very lucky," Chambers said. "He was speaking to us, even with a hole in his cheek. He was barely able to communicate. There was nothing life-threatening."
Provo High's school resource officer contacted the student's parents, who went to visit him in the hospital.
The gun has been recovered and only one shot had been fired, Chambers said.
"The student has confirmed that it was self-inflicted," he said.
Chambers said that at this point, police have yet to locate any witnesses who saw or heard the shot.
Students were aware there was a police response at the school, but no one reported witnessing the shooting.
"We have viewed it on camera," Chambers said. "There was nobody around him when it happened."