STILLWATER, Okla. — Classmates are left wondering in an unthinkable scene at Stillwater Jr. High Wednesday.
Their peer, 13-year-old Cade Poulos shot himself before school in the hangout area students call “The Pit,” after morning prayer.
The junior high, grades 8 and 9, canceled classes for the day after the deadly shooting inside the school at about 7:50 a.m.
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More than 700 students were bused to a shopping center minutes after
for pickups, many in tears as they walked away with their parents.
A Facebook memorial put up by friends Wednesday morning mentions bullying might have triggered Cade’s actions but, so far, Stillwater Superintendent Ann Caine said
there’s nothing to indicate that.
“I will tell you he was a good student,” Caine said. “There was nothing in
the computer system that indicated any bullying.”
The 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…”
Friends who were in the orchestra with Cade said he always had a big smile on his face.
Hundreds of students and staff heard the gunfire as school started for the day.
Superintendent Caine said counselors are available to help students and faculty process this loss.
The district immediately locked down the school and began transporting students by bus to a nearby shopping center, Cimarron Plaza, for parents to pick them up.
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.”