MCCLOUTH, Kan. (WIBW) -- A McLouth High School student was shot and killed on a school trip to Costa Rica.
McLouth Unified School District says 16-year-old Justin Johnston died Thursday morning after being shot earlier in the morning.
Johnston was on a spanish club trip of about a dozen students and two sponsors.
Ticotimes.net reports that Johnston was shot, while returning to his hotel room late. The newspaper goes on to report after a dog barked, while the students returned, the students started to run. Then hotel security guard, Jorge Guevara, allegedly fired a warning shot in the air; however, the students did not stop running. Then Johnston was shot. He later died from his injuries.
The district says that they are working to get the remaining 11 students back home early.
The district says counselors are available for students and staff Thursday and Friday.
Johnston was about to enter his junior year.
EF Educational Tours, which organized the the trip, released the following statement:
"We are absolutely devastated and heartbroken by the death of a student on tour in Costa Rica. We are doing everything we can to support his family right now. Our students there are safe and we are in communication with their families to keep them informed. We also have grief counselors working with the students and their families, and we have sent our staff to Costa Rica to support our travelers and work with local authorities. From our current understanding of events, two students were out of their hotel rooms in the middle of the night. One of the students was shot by a security guard when he was mistaken for an intruder. We are cooperating with law enforcement in their investigation to understand how this terrible tragedy occurred. We will continue to make information public as we receive it. Our commitment is to the safety and security of all of our travelers. While tragic, this incident appears to be an isolated event and not indicative of any broader safety concerns in Costa Rica."