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September 26, 2012

UPDATE: Stillwater police confirm student died of self-inflicted gunshot

STILLWATER — A Stillwater Junior High School student apparently died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound Wednesday morning at the school, Stillwater police and school officials confirmed. 

The victim has been identified as Cade Poulos, 13, Stillwater police Capt. Randy Dickerson said.
Stillwater school superintendent Ann Caine said at 11:30 a.m. press conference outside the school administration building “I’ve been 34 years in education and never a situation like this. You are never ready for a day like this.”
Caine said the school system’s evacuation plan worked perfectly.
School counselors were at the junior high immediately. Grief counseling will be available to students and teachers.
The 7:50 a.m. incident caused an immediate lockdown at Stillwater Junior High School, 1900 N. Skyline St. and nearby Skyline Elementary School. 
Junior high school students were evacuated to Cimarron Plaza where they were reunited with their parents. The lockdown was lifted at Skyline Elementary School. Those students completed their school day.
State Sen. Jim Halligan arrived at Cimarron Plaza shortly after 9 a.m. The former Oklahoma State University president said he was impressed by the coordination of police and school officials.
“It has been emotional to be able to see the reunion of parents and children,” Halligan said. 
Caine said the shooting incident happened at 7:50 a.m. In a message to parents and staff, the superintendent said a student died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“All other students and staff are safe,” she wrote.
Dickerson confirmed a junior high school student had died. Police officer, he said, were investigating.
School officials locked down the junior high school, which was eventually evacuated. 
Stillwater ninth-grader Logan Fleisher said the lockdown announcement was made over the school’s public address system.
“It was 7:58 a.m. when they called over the PA system. They said go to the nearest classroom, turn out the lights and lock the door,” Fleisher said.

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