Stillwater Jr. High Student Shoots Himself in Head at School
A student at Stillwater Junior High School in Oklahoma shot himself in the head Wednesday morning before classes started, according to a report from our sister station KFOR in Oklahoma City.
Authorities have identified the student as 13-year-old Cade Poulos. Hundreds of students and staff heard the gunfire around 7:50 a.m. as school started for the day.
The district immediately locked down the school and began transporting students by bus to nearby Cimarron Plaza.
According to students, the shooting happened in an area known as “the pit” outside of the junior high school.
A Facebook page “RIP Cade Poulos” was created around 9 a.m. One post stated: “Rest in peace Cade… We all hope your in a better place. We all broke down and cried when we heard the gun shot. I hope people realize now that Bullying is NOT acceptable, and it hurts people in every way. Little words hurt. We know what you experienced. But we all love you, your in our prayers…”
Stillwater police Capt. Randy Dickerson was unable to confirm whether the student had been bullied, saying the investigation had just begun, according to a report from CNN.
The “horribly tragic situation” was an isolated incident, Dickerson said.
Stillwater school Superintendent Ann Caine said there was nothing in school computer records to indicate the teenager had been bullied, CNN reports.
The boy, who was an eighth-grader, had only been at the school for a short time, but staff that knew him said he had “the biggest smile,” she said.