Student Apologizes To Class Then Shoots Himself - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Student Apologizes To Class Then Shoots Himself With Handgun

Posted: Updated:

KHQ.COM: On Thursday morning a depressed North Dakota freshman, walked up in front of his class, made an apology, and then shot himself with a hand gun in front of everyone.

It is unclear what his apology was about and according to the school principal, the boy was not in trouble for anything before the incident occurred. The boy was coherent when he was taken to the hospital according to Richland County Authorities.

The boy's name has not been released but he attended Fairmont Public School which has 112 students from kindergarten through 12th grade. He has lived in the small rural community with a population of only 380 his entire life and has attended the school since kindergarten.

The school went into lockdown just after 8:40 a.m. and school was canceled for the day. A teacher at the school provided first-aid to the boy until paramedics arrived.

Depression is the most common mental health disorder in the United States and according to teendepression.com, 20% of teens will experience depression before adulthood and 15% of those teens experiencing depression will develop bipolar disorder.

Untreated depression is the number one cause of suicide, which is the third leading cause of death among teens.

Parents who have teenagers should always seek help for their teen if they notice depression symptoms developing and it is so important to talk to kids of all ages about the harmful effects bullying can have and how to stand up to bullies in school.  

Do you feel parents and teachers are doing what they need to combat bullying in schools?

What role can we all play to stop bullying? 

This story was filed and written by KHQ's Nichole Mischke

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Rollover crash sends three to hospitals

    Rollover crash sends three to hospitals

    Sunday, August 31 2014 2:04 PM EDT2014-08-31 18:04:16 GMT
    NEWPORT, Wash. - A rollover crash near Newport sent three people to hospitals Saturday night.The Washington State Patrol said the crash happened at 8:49 p.m. 10 miles west of Newport on State Route 211, near Sacheen Lake. The driver in the crash, 19-year-old Quinton C. Williams, is facing charges for driving under the influence.>>
    NEWPORT, Wash. - A rollover crash near Newport sent three people to hospitals Saturday night.The Washington State Patrol said the crash happened at 8:49 p.m. 10 miles west of Newport on State Route 211, near Sacheen Lake. The driver in the crash, 19-year-old Quinton C. Williams, is facing charges for driving under the influence.>>
  • PHOTOS: Hobo Spider season has arrived

    PHOTOS: Hobo Spider season has arrived

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:37:17 GMT
    KHQ.COM - Mid August is about the time that we start to see spiders come into our homes, particularly the hobo spider. August and September is mating season for the hobo and that means you may be seeing more funnel-like webs in and around your home. Males are on a mission to find a female which is why they are a lot more active at this time.>>
    KHQ.COM - Mid August is about the time that we start to see spiders come into our homes, particularly the hobo spider. August and September is mating season for the hobo and that means you may be seeing more funnel-like webs in and around your home. Males are on a mission to find a female which is why they are a lot more active at this time.
    >>
  • UPDATE: I-90 back open after crash halts traffic

    UPDATE: I-90 back open after crash halts traffic

    Sunday, August 31 2014 10:45 AM EDT2014-08-31 14:45:23 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - A crash on Interstate 90 in downtown Spokane delayed commuters for hours Saturday afternoon. The crash happened at about 5:15 p.m. near the Division street exit. A truck pulling a trailer flipped onto its side, scattering debris across the westbound lanes of the freeway. Two lanes of westbound traffic were blocked for more than 2 hours.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - A crash on Interstate 90 in downtown Spokane delayed commuters for hours Saturday afternoon. The crash happened at about 5:15 p.m. near the Division street exit. A truck pulling a trailer flipped onto its side, scattering debris across the westbound lanes of the freeway. Two lanes of westbound traffic were blocked for more than 2 hours.>>