Coweta students return to school Tuesday after 15-year-old student commits suicide

COWETA, Okla. - Classes were back in session Tuesday at Coweta Intermediate High School one day after a 15-year-old student shot and killed himself in the building.

Students organized a morning prayer outside the school before the first bell to remember 15-year-old Triston Stephens.

According to the state medical examiner's office, Stephens died of a single gunshot wound to the head.

The intermediate school and high school next door were placed on lockdown Monday morning after a gunshot rang out.  Officers were on scene within minutes and found Stephens in a bathroom.

Friends described Stephens to 2NEWS as funny and outgoing. They say they are shocked he would take his own life.

In the day since, many of those students have left messages on a Facebook page dedicated to Stephens.

In an email to the station, Coweta Superintendent Jeff Holmes said attendance Tuesday was near normal at all eight Coweta Public School sites, with the exception of the Intermediate High School where "attendance is better than expected." About 50 students more than normal were absent.

Holmes said more than 20 additional counselors were available Tuesday scattered throughout the district. The majority of those counselors were present at the Intermediate High School.

Holmes said additional counselors, some of whom are from surrounding school districts, will be available as long as they're needed.

"The support for our students and staff has been tremendous," said Holmes. "Our local community is so supportive of our students and staff. On behalf of Coweta Public Schools, I want to thank everyone who has extended their thoughts, prayers, and good deeds to us."  

Meanwhile, police say it will be several days before they can determine why Stephens killed himself and where he got the gun.

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