17-year-old student charged in fatal Huffman HS shooting, out on bond

Birmingham Police were stationed Friday outside Huffman High School as classes resumed for the first time since Wednesday's fatal shooting. (Stephen Quinn |

Criminal charges were filed Friday morning against a 17-year-old Huffman High School student for a fatal shooting which claimed the life of another student.

The Jefferson County District Attorney's Office charged the student with manslaughter and certain persons forbidden to possess a pistol. Bonds for the charges were set at a total of $375,000. The shooting suspect bonded out of jail around 2:30 p.m. Friday.

The charges were based on interviews with students and evidence on the scene.

17-year-old Courtlin Arrington was shot and killed Wednesday in what Birmingham Police had described as an accidental shooting. Arrington was a senior who had been accepted to college were she planned to study to become a nurse.

"This is a parent's worst nightmare. We expect the charges will be heard through the court system and justice meted out to the person responsible," said District Attorney Michael Anderton in a written statement.

The student will be charged as an adult. It is still possible he could apply for youthful offender status and be tried as a juvenile. For this reason, ABC 33/40 News has decided not to report his name.

The charges were announced the same day students returned to school for the first time since Wednesday's shooting. Attendance was low according to school officials.

Metal detectors were used Friday as students entered the school according to Birmingham City Schools spokeswoman Adrienne Mitchell. The superintendent had "no answer" for why the metal detectors on campus were not used on the day of the fatal shooting.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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