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WOODBRIDGE (CBS13) – An elementary school student was killed in a distance learning class late Wednesday morning, the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office confirmed.
Deputies confirm the 11-year-old boy was in the Zoom class with his microphone and camera turned off when he took his life. Her sister, who was distance learning in another room, found and alerted a neighbor and her teacher, who helped call the authorities.
The sheriff’s office said MPs reacted to the 300 block of Sterling Street in the Woodbridge community shortly after 11 a.m. to investigate the reported shootings. A young, head-injured boy was found at the scene. The boy and his parents were taken to a nearby hospital. He later died of his injuries.
Investigators have since responded to the scene and are now investigating.
Paul Warren is the Special Education Director of the Lodi Uniform Tank District. Supervises mental health services within the district.
“Sometimes we experience things that are temporary emotional experiences, and with the support of family and other educated people, we can experience those things. This is tragic. It affected everyone, ”Warren said.
Warren said the district has a team of mental health therapists working with students and staff.
Renee Bond, a licensed clinical consultant, works directly with the children.
“I think the time has come as a society to start investing in well-being and mental health,” Bond said.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers suggestions for help: ask for help, create a safety plan, and look for warning signs. Bond said there could be several warning signs if someone is in trouble.
“Withdrawal is one. When you listen to them talk and they talk about hopelessness or no one loves me. You know you’re kids better than anyone, trust yourself, ”Bond said.
The Lodi Unified School District has told CBS13 that Woodbridge Primary School will have a plan as planned on Thursday, but counselors will also be available if students or faculty need it.
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