Star-Telegram Staff Writer
ENNIS --A 16-year-old Ennis
High School sophomore who fatally shot himself in a classroom
Tuesday was being treated by a psychiatrist, Ennis Police
Chief Dale Holt said Wednesday.
The student, Jay Douglas
Goodwin, held a teacher and a female student hostage for
several minutes before firing a shot across the room and then
Holt said investigators do not know
whether Goodwin was taking any prescription medications, but
they are consulting with his psychiatrist.
the third Ennis High School student to commit suicide this
year. Investigators said they believe that there is no
connection between Goodwin's death and the other two suicides,
but Holt said one of the other students who killed himself was
under the care of a psychiatrist and taking
"I don't have any explanation for what
happened here," Holt said. "We are just looking at some way to
prevent this from happening again."
Ann Blake Tracy,
executive director of the International Coalition for Drug
Awareness in Salt Lake City, said Goodwin's behavior is
similar to other suicidal youths who were taking prescription
"The standoff at the school, the holding of
hostages and beginning to shoot and then turning around and
shooting himself -- that fits the profile," said Tracy, author
of `Prozac: Panacea or Pandora.'
Goodwin, who was the
grandson of Ennis school board President Ivan Goodwin,
enrolled in Ennis High School in fall 1999 after moving from
Augusta, Ga. His parents were divorced and he and his father
lived with his grandparents, police said.
not have a special relationship with the girl who was held in
the classroom, Holt said.
"In his mind, they were
boyfriend-girlfriend, but she didn't see it that way," he
said. "In fact, she had a boyfriend."
Wednesday, police released the tapes of 911 calls and radio
transmissions from the school.
The first account was
received at 12:06 p.m. from a campus police officer who
radioed that a student had barricaded himself in a classroom.
At 12:09 p.m., one of the officers reported "shots fired,
shots fired" from inside the classroom.
minutes there was confusion as officers tried to ascertain
what had happened in the classroom. It wasn't until 12:16
p.m., when teacher Andrea Webb called from the classroom, that
authorities knew what had happened.
"I'm Andrea Webb.
I'm in 106. My room was taken hostage by a student with a
gun," she says on the tape. "I have all of the kids out of my
room but one. I have the other girl behind my desk on the
floor. Shots have been fired. I believe the student has
Dispatcher: "You're in the room
Dispatcher: "OK. Are you
hearing any noise at all?"
Webb: "No. Not at all.
After several exchanges between the
dispatcher and Webb, officers entered the classroom and called
Webb, who has taught for 30 years, was
called a hero on Wednesday by school officials. They said she
was too upset to talk about the shooting.
who is married and writes in her spare time, had attended
school training sessions on dealing with emergencies. But
Ennis school district spokesman Glenn Hyde said Webb acted on
her own instincts.
"You can't prepare, you can't plan
for what happened in that classroom," Hyde said.
Hanna, (817 390-7698