Lake Highlands High School. (Photo by Emily Charrier)

A Lake Highlands High School student was shot and killed about 5:40 p.m. Tuesday in the 7300 block of Skillman between Church Road and Walnut Hill. Dallas police are searching for the shooter.

LHHS Principal Kerri Jones issued the following update via email to parents today:

LHHS Family,

I’m reaching out to follow up on my previous message about the incident along Skillman St. yesterday after school. I am very saddened to let you know that one of our junior students, Dadrien Harrison, died yesterday. Dadrien’s passing is tragic and senseless, and he will be missed.

An RISD crisis counseling team is at school today and will be for the rest of the week to talk with students and be available to support those who knew Dadrien.

If you would like your child to speak with a crisis counselor about this news, please contact our counseling staff at 469-593-1426 and we will make arrangements. 

We are in contact with Dadrien’s family to offer any possible support. If you would like to share condolences or a memory of Dadrien with his loved ones that may help them through this very sad time, please email and our RISD counseling staff will pass messages along. Thank you for keeping Dadrien’s loved ones in your thoughts during this family tragedy.

As shared in yesterday’s message, we utilized metal detectors this morning  as a precaution for all students entering the school. Our staff and almost all students did a great job working through the metal detector process, which did result in some lines and many students reaching their first class late. Students who were late to class today due to the metal detector lines were not counted as tardy.

As an ongoing precaution, we currently plan to utilize metal detectors for the remainder of this week. Based on this morning’s experience, we will be refining the process to help move students through the metal detectors as safely and efficiently as possible:

  • RISD will be assigning additional personnel to supplement our campus administrative staff to manage the process.
  • School entrances will open earlier, beginning at 8:15 a.m. Students are encouraged to arrive earlier, if possible, to reduce the chance of waiting in line or missing part of their first class.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to evaluate what items they are bringing to school and avoid bringing metal items that will trigger a metal detector, if possible.
  • Students who are at school on time but are late to class due to the metal detector process will not be counted as tardy; however, students who arrive at school after 9:00 a.m. may still be counted as tardy. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to keep our school as safe as possible.


Kerri Jones