Washoe County superintendent praises officer in Hug High incident for quick action

Washoe County School District Superintendent Traci Davis speaks at a press conference on an officer-involved shooting at Hug High School on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 (Sinclair Broadcast Group)

The head of the school district in Reno, Nevada where a campus officer shot a knife-wielding high school student is praising the quick response that she says helped avert what could have been a much more dangerous situation.

The 14-year-old boy remained in critical condition Thursday at a Reno hospital with a gunshot wound.

He was shot in an outdoor courtyard at Hug High School on Wednesday after Reno police say he was threatening other students and refused orders to drop the knife.

Washoe County School Superintendent Traci Davis told reporters Thursday that if school police hadn't acted so swiftly, she truly believes "the outcome could have been much worse."

Some Hug High School students returned to classes Thursday following the Wednesday shooting.

"Our students, teachers and staff are back in classrooms teaching and learning just as they do each and every day in their pursuit of excellence," Davis said. "They are resilient."

Davis and WCSD Police Chief Jason Trevino delivered brief prepared statements Thursday but answered no questions from members of the media, many of which centered on the use of lethal force.

Trevino urged parents to be patient with the ongoing investigation. He says video clips on social media showing bits and pieces of the shooting "don't tell the complete story."

Reno Police will investigate the officer-involved shooting, in accordance with the Regional Officer-Involved Shooting Protocol.

The WCSD police officer who shot the student was placed on paid administrative leave, Reno Police spokesman Tim Broadway said in a statement.

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