A Stillwater shooting at the junior high school left a 13-year-old student dead, and more than 700 other students traumatized. The entire school district and city was shocked to hear that 13-year-old Cade Poulos took his own life with a gun right before school started during a prayer time.
While no official motive has been released, and Poulos did not leave a suicide note, many people believe that this suicide was the result of long-term bullying. Of course, there are others who don't believe this, and the school superintendent Ann Caine said that there had not been any reports of bullying.
A SJHS student named Paiton Gardner, 14, said, "Throughout the entire thing, we all thought someone shot someone else. We didn't know it was a suicide. We were freaking out."
Parents throughout Stillwater were also freaking out. Even parents who did not have children at the junior high were worried about their school aged children. The Stillwater shooting really left the city shaken and sad.
Why would an 8th grader be at a point to take his own life? What could have been done to stop this? What can the school and the city and the state do in the future to help prevent this?
What about families? How can they help their children who appear to be depressed or suicidal? What about the families of the students who witnessed this fatal shooting at school? How will they help their children?
The ultimate point is that no matter what happened, this should not be a place where an 8th grader feels that his only option is to kill himself. Bullying is not okay. Suicide is not okay, either. If you find yourself considering suicide, call 1-800-273-8255 in the U.S. for help.
Life is important. Respect your life and the lives of those around you. You only get one life in this world. Use it for good.
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