STILLWATER, Okla. - After a day of shock and grief, family and friends of the 13-year-old boy who committed suicide in a crowded school hallway Wednesday held a church vigil in his memory.
Police say eighth grader Cade Poulos brought a gun to Stillwater Junior High School Wednesday morning, turning it on himself just minutes before classes were to start.
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Poulos' cousin Morgan Nelson said Poulus was bullied in school, something she thinks could have been a factor.
"This one kid would always pick on him at school and it wasn't very nice," she said. "And this week was 'Bully-Free' week."
Nelson's mother said she doesn't know what to tell her daughter to make her feel better.
"Right now she's afraid to go back to school because she doesn't want to see the hallway where it happened," said Christina Nelson.
And while no evidence of bullying has been confirmed, Stillwater Superintendent Ann Caine responded to the possibility.
"It is our board policy when there is bullying, it's to be reported right away. Then we have a process we go through as administrators and staff to investigate and assign the appropriate consequence," she said. "But at this point there is no indication that is what occurred."
In light of the tragedy, Stillwater Public Schools has dedicated a portion of its website to the shooting, including a list of counseling services, an incident fact sheet and a letter to parents.
The site also states school will resume Thursday, where councilors will be available.
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