Michigan Middle School Shut Down After Student Was Found with Self-Inflicted Gun Shot Wound
A Michigan eighth-grader took his life Thursday morning right before the start of classes.
Another student at Davidson Middle School in Southgate, Mich., found the boy in one of the bathrooms around 8:15 a.m. The unidentified male had a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head from a .40 caliber handgun, according to WXYZ News, and ABC affiliate.
After the student alerted a teacher about the boy, staff members immediately called police and the school went on lock down.
When police arrived, the boy was transported to a local hospital, where he died from the gunshot wound. No other students were in the bathroom at the time of the suicide, according to school officials.
Southgate Community Schools superintendent Bill Grusecki explained during a news conference that they had found a suicide note with the boy. They are currently trying to determine if the suicide was the result of bullying.
“From what I understand, he was a very good student, somewhat popular… talking with the staff at the building – he had never gone to anybody with any issues or problems or anything like that," said Grusecki.
Parents were asked to pick up their kids from school, which will remain closed Thursday and Friday, but will reopen on Monday.
Authorities are still trying to determine where the boy had gotten the gun, and what may have driven him to take his own life.