A 10-year-old Florida boy committed suicide after having an argument with his mother.
Ian Sevostjanov shot himself to death in his family’s apartment in Clearwater, Florida on the morning of Jan. 5, reports the Daily Mail.
The boy’s mother, Olga Grusetskaja, had sent him to his room for a “behavioral issue” following an argument, according to police. Paramedics arrived shortly after 8.30 a.m. but were unable to save him, and detectives have ruled his death a suicide. Ian’s father and brother were not home when the incident occurred.
The fifth-grade student somehow managed to get ahold of the family’s handgun. Detectives are interviewing family members in an effort to discover how the gun was stored, said Clearwater police spokesman Rob Shaw.
Neighbors described Ian as a happy child who regularly played with other kids in the neighborhood, reports WVTV. “He’s very intelligent, smart, cordial and just a happy kid,” explained neighbor Lesley Sarchione. “He played with all the other kids. They used to play soccer right in front of my apartment every night. I can’t imagine how it’s going to be for the other kids when they find out.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the third-leading cause of death among youths between the ages of 10 and 24, with firearms being the most common method. However, “more young people survive suicide attempts than actually die,” the CDC notes.
The agency goes on to explain that some groups are at higher risk than others:
Boys are more likely than girls to die from suicide. Of the reported suicides in the 10 to 24 age group, 81 percent of the deaths were males and 19 percent were females. Girls, however, are more likely to report attempting suicide than boys. Cultural variations in suicide rates also exist, with Native American/Alaskan Native youth having the highest rates of suicide-related fatalities. A nationwide survey of youth in grades 9–12 in public and private schools in the U.S. found Hispanic youth were more likely to report attempting suicide than their black and white non-Hispanic peers.