A Lee’s Summit North High School student died of a reported self-inflicted gunshot wound while inside the school Friday. The student, whose name has not been released, died at a nearby hospital, Lee’s Summit police said. The student was located on the second floor of the school, and other students reported hearing a single gun shot, police added. Shane Keyser The Kansas City Star
A Lee’s Summit North High School student died of a reported self-inflicted gunshot wound while inside the school Friday. The student, whose name has not been released, died at a nearby hospital, Lee’s Summit police said. The student was located on the second floor of the school, and other students reported hearing a single gun shot, police added. Shane Keyser The Kansas City Star

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Community rallies behind family of Lee’s Summit North student who took own life

By Toriano Porter

tporter@kcstar.com

September 29, 2017 10:02 PM

UPDATED September 30, 2017 09:03 AM

Community support has swelled for the family of a Lee’s Summit North High School student who took her own life Friday inside one of the school’s bathrooms.

A GoFundMe page set up to help the family of Gemesha Thomas raised more than $12,500 of a $15,000 goal in six hours.

Gemesha, 17, died Friday morning after she apparently shot herself while inside the school.

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Lee’s Summit North students describe the scene Friday morning

A Lee’s Summit North High School student died of a reported self-inflicted gunshot wound while inside the school Friday. The student, whose name has not been released, died at a nearby hospital, Lee’s Summit police said. The student was located on the second floor of the school, and other students reported hearing a single gun shot, police added.

Shane Keyser The Kansas City Star

Gemesha, the page says, “was a beautiful soul inside and out that will be missed by many. She leaves behind a loving devoted mother (LaToya Thomas), two wonderful sisters and a big brother.”

Attempts to reach LaToya Thomas and other relatives were unsuccessful Friday.

Toriano Porter: 816-234-4779, @torianoporter