Jr. High student takes own life at his school
STILLWATER, OK — Authorities have identified the Stillwater Junior High School student who shot himself Wednesday morning before school as 13-year-old Cade Poulos.
The junior high, grades 8 and 9, has canceled classes for the day after the deadly shooting inside the school at about 7:50 a.m.
Stillwater Superintendent Ann Caine said 750 to 760 students attend the junior high.
Below is a video of students as they remember Cade Poulos.
Staff Writers at the Stillwater NewsPress have this update:
A Stillwater Junior High School student apparently died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound Wednesday morning at the school, Stillwater police and school officials confirmed.
Junior high school students were evacuated to Cimarron Plaza where they were reunited with their parents. The lockdown was lifted at Skyline Elementary School. Those students completed their school day.
State Sen. Jim Halligan arrived at Cimarron Plaza shortly after 9 a.m. The former Oklahoma State University president said he was impressed by the coordination of police and school officials.
“It has been emotional to be able to see the reunion of parents and children,” Halligan said.
Stillwater school superintendent Ann Caine said the shooting incident happened at 7:50 a.m. In a message to parents and staff, the superintendent said a student died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
A Facebook group was started around 9 a.m. Wednesday, “RIP Cade Poulos.“
The author of the page posted this message just after 9 a.m.
“Rest in peace Cade..
We all hope your [sic] 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 [sic] in our prayers…”
Hundreds of students and staff heard the gunfire 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.
According to the school’s website, it is “Pink Out” week, five days of activities where students raise funds for cancer.
Superintendent Caine said Wednesday was “Super Hero Day,” where students came dressed in costume.
Here is the statement from the City of Stillwater:
“STILLWATER, Okla. / Sept. 26, 2012 / 8:48 a.m. – Stillwater Police Department confirms that one is dead from a self-inflicted gun shot wound at the Stillwater Junior High School at 7:50 a.m. this morning.
Junior High students will be transferred to Cimarron Plaza for parents to pick up beginning at 9 a.m. Students who normally ride the bus will be taken home.
Skyline Schools were under a temporary lockdown. All Stillwater schools, except the Junior High, will have a regular school day.
Police are setting up a media center at the Carmike 10 at 1909 N. Perkins Road.”