Tragedy struck at an Oklahoma junior high school before classes began Wednesday when an eighth-grader took his own life by shooting himself in the head in the school hall, authorities said.
“Throughout the entire thing, we all thought someone shot someone else,” said student Paiton Gardner, 14. “We didn’t know it was a suicide. We were freaking out.” Paiton Gardner also said she realised something was wrong early Wednesday when students began to run past her.
“People looked terrified,” said Gardner, a ninth-grader. “The football coach was like, ‘Get out, get out! Someone’s been shot.’”
Police Captain Randy Dickerson said the 13-year-old didn’t leave a note, and authorities said they don’t know why he killed himself. Superintendent Ann Caine, who oversees the district about 70 miles west of Tulsa, said there weren’t any reports that the teen had been bullied.
“There is no indication that that’s what occurred,” Caine said. She said the teen was a good student who got along with other kids.
Police say investigation into how the kid got the fire arm is still on.