Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

13 year old Oklahoma boy shoots himself at school

Cade Poulos, age 13
Gun suicides don't often make the news. But this one did because it happened right on the school grounds of an Oklahoma middle school. From the article:
A 13-year-old Oklahoma boy shot himself to death Wednesday in front of classmates after showing up at his junior high school dressed as the super-villain Two Face from the Batman series.
The student, Cade Poulos, used a handgun to commit suicide in a crowded hallway at Stillwater Junior High School, cops said.
“It doesn’t appear that anyone else was in danger or threatened,” said Stillwater Police Capt. Randy Dickerson, adding that the school and a nearby elementary school were put on lockdown as a precaution.
Dickerson said a school resource officer heard the gunshot just before the 8 a.m. school bell sounded and found the red-headed eighth-grader dead in a hallway.
Cops were investigating where the student obtained the gun.
Shocked classmates told KOCO-TV that Wednesday was Superhero Dress-up Day, but could not explain why Poulos came to school as Two Face, the ally-turned-nemesis of Batman in the DC Comics series.
They were all lucky that this boy didn't decide to shoot other students along with himself. According to the article, law enforcement is investigating where this boy got his gun. Most gun deaths are due to suicide.

UPDATE:  According to another article, the boy's name was Cade Poulos.  It is suspected that he killed himself because he had been bullied.

Every gun in the hand of a child or teen must first pass through the hands of an adult.

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