6th Grader in Zoom Class Takes His Own Life

Officials in San Joaquin County, Calif., say 11-year-old died after shooting himself during online class
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2020 7:00 AM CST
He Was in His 6th Grade Zoom Class. Then, Calls to 911
Scene near where the shooting took place in Woodbridge, Calif.   (Facebook/San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office)

A sixth grade Zoom class turned tragic this week in California, leaving an 11-year-old dead after cops say he shot himself. The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office started fielding calls around 11am Wednesday that there'd been a shooting in Woodbridge, and when deputies got to the scene, they found a child with a head injury, KCRA reports. Deputies confirm that the boy, IDed by the Sacramento Bee as Woodbridge Elementary School student Adan Llanos, had been in an online learning class with his camera and mic turned off when he turned the gun on himself, per CBS Sacramento. His sister, who'd been in a Zoom class elsewhere in the home, found her brother and got help from a teacher and a neighbor.

"The sister come here, banging on the door," the neighbor tells KCRA, adding that Adan was "one the nicest little boys you'll ever want to know." Adan was rushed to a nearby hospital, the sheriff's office says in a Facebook post, but an update notes the boy succumbed to his injuries. "Our thoughts are with the family and all those affected by this tragic event," the post says. The Lodi Unified School District says it's offering bereavement support services and counseling for any students or staff who need it, and local mental health experts advise parents to be on the lookout for signs of mental health struggles their children may be having. "Sometimes we go through things that are temporary emotional experiences, and with the support of family and other trained people we can get through those things," the district's special education director tells CBS. (Read more child death stories.)

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