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11-Year-Old Boy Kills Himself During Zoom Class

Woodbridge, CA – A sixth grade student shot himself during a Zoom virtual class on Wednesday in San Joaquin County.

The incident occurred just after 11 a.m. on Dec. 2 in a home in the 300-block of Sterling Street in Woodbridge, according to a press release posted by the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office.

Police said the 11-year-old student wasn’t on camera and had muted himself before he shot himself with a gun registered to an adult in his home, KXTV reported.

But his sister was home and was on a Zoom call with her class in another room, and the gunshot could be heard in there.

Police said the boy’s sister went to check on her brother and found he’d shot himself, KXTV reported.

Then she told her Zoom classroom what had happened and rushed out of the home screaming for help.

“The sister come here, banging on the door,” a neighbor told KCRA.

The neighbor said they could hear the sister screaming from across the street.

He said he walked back across the street with her to see what had happened to her brother, and then called 911, KCRA reported.

“That little boy was one the nicest little boys you’ll ever want to know. He was special. Easygoing. He was the type of person who would never hurt anybody. Soft-spoken, with a beautiful smile,” the neighbor said sadly.

San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sandra Mendez said deputies responded to the home and found the 11 year old suffering from a gunshot wound to the head, KXTV reported.

The child was rushed to the hospital where he later died, according to the sheriff’s department’s press release.

Mendez said preliminary findings have led investigators to believe the self-inflicted gunshot wound was intentional, KXTV reported.

However, the boy’s family has maintained that the shooting was an accident, not a suicide.

School districts across the country have seen an increase in juvenile depression, anxiety, and suicide attempts since the pandemic lockdowns began.

The Lodi School District is offering virtual counseling sessions for students impacted by the 6th grader’s death or who are struggling with their own mental health issues, KXTV reported.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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