Only 3 days after Stillwater Junior High student, Cade Poulos, 13, committed suicide in the crowded hallway of his school just ten minutes before classes were to begin on Wednesday, September 26, 2012, citizens all over the state of Oklahoma are mourning the loss of this special young man, and trying to find answers to why this tragedy happened and if anything could have been done to help him before he made that final decision.
The popular website, Facebook, has dedicated a page to his memory, and several classmates as well as members of his family have posted comments to honor his memory, but one poster, identified himself as the uncle of the victim, tried to make it clear that Cade was not a victim of bullying, and that the family is still in the process of trying to figure out why he took his own life. It seems to be a mystery, because he seemed like such a happy young man, but looks can often be deceiving and there had to have been a lot he was hiding in order for him to do something so drastic and so final.
It is a real loss that the family and the students and faculty of Stillwater Junior High are facing, and as the reality of the situation starts to set in, there will be a great amount of emotions emerging, and there will be a need for counselors to help the students that were witness to the shooting and the aftermath. There is a great deal of trauma that they will have to deal with, and it will surely be something that these kids will carry with them for the rest of their lives. These children are trying to deal with visualizing something that even most adults would have a difficult time facing. It seems that Cade Poulos, whatever his motive was in taking his life that day, wanted to make some sort of statement by doing it in a crowded hallway for his classmates to witness. He could have shot himself anywhere, but the fact that he chose this location, and to do it when he knew that there would be plenty of his classmates around him, clearly states that he was trying to make some kind of a statement; What that statement was, may remain an unsolved mystery.
Cade Poulos is now at Palmer Marler Funeral Home, and services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at Lifechurch.tv.
If you look online, especially on the Facebook page dedicated to him, called R.I.P Cade Poulos, you will find many Oklahomans that are using their businesses to fundraise for the family, so if your interested in helping this family, there are opportunities for you to do that. Most of these businesses are Scentsy candle businesses, but they are giving 100% of their profits to this family to help with expenses. That is extremely generous, but that is what Oklahomans do; We always come together in times of tragedy and help the people who need us, and that makes Oklahoma one of the best states in which to live.