WINTER GARDEN, Fla. - Orange County Public Schools added 40 extra security guards to West Orange High School on Thursday in the wake of a shooting that injured a student.
Officials are not saying what other specific measures have been taken but they believe despite Wednesday's shooting, the security measures in place have been working.
According to the Sheriff's Office, 17-year-old J-Morian Eddie Partick Bell is accused of shooting 15-year-old Ja'Roderick Smith at least twice as school was letting out.
Ja'Roderick was shot in the face and abdomen during an argument. He is listed in stable condition at Orlando Regional Medical Center.
"He seemed to be in good spirits. He was surrounded by family, from grandmothers to aunts. His mother was there reassuring to him as well," said Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings.
J-Morian fled after the shooting, but was found about two hours later four miles from the school in Winter Garden. He is expected to appear in front of a judge at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs hopes the lines of communication between parents and children stay open.
"Make sure as parents that we're doing our job and that job is to talk, talk, talk. Whether they want to talk or not. You talk anyway," said Jacobs.
Orange County Schools have been doing random metal-detector screenings since the beginning of this school year.
Those screenings were not used at West Orange High School on Wednesday, but where they have been used, the district says no weapons have been found.
"We are convinced with the support of the community we can keep our children safe," said Orange County School Superintendent Barbara Jenkins.
The district won't reveal all of its security measures, but they include increased surveillance on campuses, lockdown drills, strengthened visitor check-in and school resource officers.
The district has also hired a consulting firm to review security at every Orange County school. More security changes could come after that study is completed, but the district believes the current system is working.
"We think our record is good, we think we responded swiftly to something that could not be foreseen," said Jenkins. "Most of all, we're thankful the student is going to be OK."
West Orange High School released a statement on its Facebook page, saying, "This does not represent Warrior Nation and together we will stay strong. Please use social media, texting and pictures for the good."
School officials said it was Ja'Roderick's first day at West Orange High School.
The school reopened Thursday and administrators have grief counselors available for students.