Stillwater student commits suicide at junior high

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Updated: 9/26/2012 7:06 pm Published: 9/26/2012 8:51 am

A 13-year-old Stillwater Junior High student committed suicide in the hallway of the school early Wednesday morning, in front of six other students, according to school officials.

Stillwater police have identified the 8th grade student as Cade Poulos, who is described as a good student who had never reported a bullying incident to the school.

Police say Poulos shot himself in the hallway around 7:50am. The schools were placed on a temporary lock down. School officials moved the junior high students to Cimarron Plaza for parents to pick up.

"There is no indication at this time that bullying played a role in this incident," the district said in a statement. "But the district will continue to monitor the situation and cooperate with the investigation being conducted by Stillwater Police Department. It appears the incident at the junior high was isolated and there is no indication that additional students at the junior high were involved or that students at other school sites were ever in immediate danger."

Stillwater police say they train for an event like this in hopes that it never happens. However, they say because of the training of officers and school employees, they were able to have the scene completely under control within less than 10 minutes.

Counselors are being made available to students and faculty, and a discussion session for students and parents will take place Wednesday night at Eagle Heights Baptist Church in Stillwater. Information on counseling is also available on Stillwater schools' website and will be sent home with students.

Students will go back to class at Stillwater Junior High Thursday, but staff will meet before classes on Thursday morning to discuss how to address questions and security.

"It is imperative that our district ensures all students and staff have the proper resources to help them work through the healing process following such a tragedy," said Stillwater Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Ann Caine. "The entire family of Stillwater Public Schools is deeply saddened by the death of Stillwater Junior High School student."

The school has about 760 students in 8th and 9th grades. The school says it has a strict bullying policy, and students are urged to report any bullying. So far this school year, Stillwater Junior High has had no bullying reports. There were ten last year. Police officers are working with the school to interview witnesses.

A Facebook page has been set up as a tribute to Cade, and already it has close to 4,000 likes.

FOX23 will have more information as it becomes available.

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sthagata - 9/27/2012 10:20 PM
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A NATION OF WUSSY'S The problem is not the Bullies, the problem is a nation of parents and teachers who tell these bullied kids they can not fight back and defend there selves. I was bullied when i was in 7th grade and i jumped on the biggest bully and bit a portion of his ear off. I was not bullied the rest of the 7th grade the whole school respected me from then on. Then in the 8th grade i was bullied again and i shoved my finger in the bullies eye and tried to pull his eye out and i told the other 3 bullies they were next and they wanted no part of that. I was never bullied again all the way to graduation of the 12th grade. Both the victims and the bullies are wussy"s why do we tell are children not fight back and mess up the freaking bullies? Why are we teaching our children to be victims/wussy"s ? Though out history mankind has fought back and killed bullies that is why we go to WAR. I will never teach my children to be a victim I will teach them to be A victor and survivor.

oklagal - 9/27/2012 3:56 PM
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So young. anyone out there thinking about doing this, talk to someone-anyone. there is help just for you. you are important and someone LOVES you.

neon sky - 9/27/2012 1:09 PM
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Good student, learned the wrong thing recently but too bloody well. Perhaps the school should admit, "Remember, kids, we're not there for you -- and any talk that you may want to have for support goes on your permanent record." I'm tired of reading about these school-doesn't-offer-consultation stories. Perhaps kids deserve school choice and privileged opportunities rendered in exchange for high achievement.

t town253 - 9/27/2012 1:02 PM
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t town253 - 9/27/2012 9:35 AM
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Why is there not a single word mentioned about his parents or guardians??? No mention of any relatives of this baby boy's or anything. Is there any family around????

ordinarygal - 9/26/2012 11:31 PM
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My heart aches for the family of this young man. God bless you and help you find peace in your days to come. Such a beautiful face, so sorry for your terrible loss.

Amw1180 - 9/26/2012 6:59 PM
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So very sad. My prayers are going out to all involved and I encourage all students to be upstanders, and not bystanders.

Lightbringer - 9/26/2012 6:36 PM
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Parents we are losing our sons and daughters! Its time to STOP IGNORING the issue of bullying! Kids, start being that hero that these victims need! No one is going to care about your popularity 20 years from now, but that precious young man or woman will remember your kindness and protection. STEP UP AND PROTECT.

Serenity - 9/26/2012 5:42 PM
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My heart is just broken.. for the friends family and teachers of this young man. I can't say more than everyone else has; I only hope that the ones responsible for making such a young man decide this is the only way are held accountable. So very very sad

morgan92 - 9/26/2012 4:08 PM
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This is the saddest thing ever!!! To bad all the kids or imature adults that bullied him couldn't be locked away for mentally murdering this poor kid to the limit where he took his own life! He was to young. I couldn't imagine how his family and friends feel. My heart and prayers go out to them. There is just no good way to say this, I hope the ones who bullied this young man will learn and grow into civilized human beings that understand induviduality after the guilt that will rest on their hearts everytime they walk down that hall or even hear his name for years to come!!! I stand beside all the people who are pressuring a change in the world against bullying!!!! Once again my heart and prayers go out to his family and friends!!!
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