Southgate community copes after student tragedy

(WXYZ) - One day after a Southgate student took his own life in the bathroom of his school, the community is coping with the tragedy.

Grief counselors spent the day at a Southgate middle school to help students and staff members deal with the death of an 8th grader.

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The teenager was found in a bathroom Thursday after shooting himself, sending Davidson Middle School into a lockdown.

At the school, balloons billow in the wind above the student's memorial which was adorned with flowers, candles and cards.

His suicide has those that knew him looking for answers, because he was not known to be a troubled teen or a victim of bullying.

"He was pretty sharp kid, and had great sense of humor, no indication, comes out of blue, don't expect it," said Southgate Community Schools Superintendent Bill Gruscki.

School officials provided grief counselors Friday to help teachers and students deal with the tragedy.

It was just before the start of classes Thursday when another student discovered the 13-year-old bleeding, laying on the floor.

The gun the student used to shoot himself belonged to a family member and was registered, but wasn't secured.

Out of respect for the student's family, we are not releasing his name.

He did leave a suicide note where he wrote about how hard it was being a teenager and said goodbye to a friend.

In the wake of the incident, new security measures are being put into place to prevent another gun from being brought into the school.

A meeting is being scheduled just for parents. It will be a chance for them to talk with school officials and counselors about any concerns they may have before the students return to class.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday evening at Davidson Middle School.

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