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Student shot dead in US school

world Updated: Nov 14, 2008 01:05 IST

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A 15-year-old girl was charged with fatally shooting another student during an argument Wednesday at a high school in Fort Lauderdale.

Teah Wimberly was charged with first-degree murder and discharging a weapon on school property, Fort Lauderdale Police said in a statement. The body of Amanda Collette, 15, was found on a hallway floor at Dillard High School around 11 am.

“This is a situation where we are more than heartbroken,” said Jim Notter, the superintendent of schools for Broward County.

Wimberly left campus and walked across the street to a restaurant where she called authorities and told them “she had shot her friend,” said police spokesman Sgt Frank Sousa. Authorities arrested her at the restaurant and recovered a gun.

Initially, police said they did not believe anyone heard gunshots, and an initial examination found no major wound on the girl’s body.

Authorities later confirmed the shooting and Sousa said it was possible a smaller-calibre gun was used. Police said no other students were believed to have been involved and the motive was still being investigated.