Last September, 13-year-old Cade Poulos committed suicide in a crowded hallway at
Stillwater Junior High.The act tragically and similarly repeated itself last week when
15-year-old Triston Stephens shot himself in a bathroom at Coweta Intermediate High
People have been grasping for answers in the aftermath with the macabre
understanding that when there is a shooting at a school in which a suicide is involved,
it is often after multiple homicides have already occurred.
Kimberly Parker, director of children’s services at Counseling & Recovery Services,
said that there are no definite answers as to why a teenager commits suicide and that
there is little research on the psychology behind the setting of the suicide.
“The setting for suicide could indicate concerns the youth had in that environment or it
could be the youth thought it was a location where there would be less opportunity for
someone to intervene or it could be a location of impulse,”