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A boy has been found dead in the bathroom of an elementary school in south-eastern Arizona, reportedly from a gun shot wound.

Deputies were called to the school over reports of an active shooter and found the male student dead, according to USA Today.

The school was placed under lockdown and the other students were later removed from the campus.

"The identity of the student is being withheld pending notification of family members," a statement from the Sierra Vista Unified School District noted, USA Today reported. "The student does not have any siblings at our school district."

Carol Capas, a spokeswoman for the local sheriff's office, emphasized that the incident was not an active shooting.

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"I can't tell you anything past that," added Capas.

A spokeswoman refused to characterize the incident as a suicide, but added that authorities are not looking for a suspect.

According to KOLD, the sheriff's office confirmed Jan. 9 that the boy who died was aged 14.

Parents who spoke to USA Today expressed concern.

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"There's lots of questions," stated Codi Zetich. "Why? How did it get that far? How can I protect my daughter in the future?"

Amanda Griggs said that her son did not go to school Jan. 9 because he had a fever.

"I'm so sad for the family that has to get the horrible news today," added Griggs. "I won't rant about bullying or gun control. I'm just sad that the child felt there was no other way."

Griggs added that she addressed the incident with her son.

"I told him what happened because he was going to hear about it at school and his only response was, 'Why?'" Griggs added. "I just told him that I didn't know and that now no one will ever know. He was shocked but had nothing else to say."

A 10-year-old elementary school student from Colorado committed suicide Nov. 29, 2017.

The parents of Ashawnty Davis indicated that their daughter was bullied at school and online prior to taking her own life.

"Suicide rates have doubled over the past 10 years and bullying is now really at crisis levels," child therapist Dr. Sheryl Ziegler told USA Today.

She advised parents to be aware of what their children are looking at online and to react to behavioral changes.

"You're not really eating well," she added. "You don't seem to be sleeping well. You're having stomach aches every day. You're telling me you have a headache and can't go to school. I'm gonna actually listen to your behavior or your body more than your words."

Sources: USA Today (2), KOLD / Featured Image: Liliput owner/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: James Case/FlickrPetty Officer 3rd Class Charles Gaddis IV via Wikimedia Commons

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