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

Thursday, February 7, 2013

15-year old Oklahoma boy shoots self to death in school bathroom

Triston Stephens, age 15
A 15-year old ninth-grader, Triston Stephens, brought a loaded gun to school, in Coweta, Oklahoma, went into the bathroom, and shot himself to death.

From an article:

The ninth-grade boy died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound about 8:35 a.m., Superintendent Jeff Holmes confirmed at an afternoon news conference.  
The school was placed on immediate lockdown, and police arrived within seconds, he said.  
Police Lt. Donnie Krumsiek said the student died of a single gunshot wound just as the first-hour classes had started. Police don't think anyone else was in the restroom at the time.  
"Unfortunately, a life was lost, but it could have been a lot worse," Krumsiek said, referring to other school shootings in which multiple people have been killed.  
The state Medical Examiner's Office identified the boy as Triston Stephens.  
"According to his principal and counselors, he was a very fine young man," Holmes said.  
Authorities don't know how the teenager carried the gun into the building or where he kept it, Holmes said. He also said they did not know how or where he obtained the gun.  
Krumsiek said the school was not equipped with metal detectors.  
Police have not received any information indicating that Stephens had been bullied, and they are continuing to investigate the circumstances of his death, he said. 
At a candlelight vigil Monday night just outside Coweta High School, students, parents and area residents wept openly, still in shock over the tragedy that hit too close to home.  
"I'm sad and depressed," said freshman Jeremy Summers, who described Stephens as "a good friend" who participated in activities just as his peers did. "He was a happy guy. Triston would always make people laugh."  
Griffin Qualls, a freshman, said Stephens appeared to be well-liked and that no one saw any indication that the boy would take his own life. 

It is not known where the boy got the gun and ammo.

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

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