Cade Poulos died on Wednesday, September 26, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the hall of Stillwater junior high school. This horrible event seems to have touched thousands. The reason behind the suicide is unknown at this time.
Friends of Cade have voiced that he was being bullied while some believe he was suffering from depression. Others wonder if the shooting was an accident. One student made the comment, that it was Super Hero Day and perhaps it was part of a stunt that went bad. Cade did not leave a note explaining his reason for taking his life.
Superintendent Ann Caine stated that no reports had been filed to indicate the teen had been bullied.
Kathy Hook wrote this statement on Cade’s Facebook Memorial page, “Dearest Cade…..17 THOUSAND people hear you. I’m so truly sorry that we didn’t hear you before, but your voice is heard now, through your dear friend that created this page to keep your memory alive. Your death will not be in vain.
To the so very young admin of this page and the family that supports her efforts….The entire world hears you, please continue in your effort to make other voices heard! Stand up and be the best advocate that you can be for your friend, and others. You can make a difference in someone’s life.To everyone else following this page, stand up for what is right by our children. No child is better than another child for any reason, and until we start raising our children to be equals, this type of thing will always be around. Teach your children the values of doing right by others and loving your fellow man. Listen when someone voice needs to be heard for whatever reason!!”
The Facebook page has been set up with the purpose of keeping Cade’s memory alive and to increase awareness of bullying and that bullying is not alright. The Facebook page has received over 19,000 likes and is still growing. The page is filled with heartfelt condolences and prayers.
Cade’s mother, Shae Poulos spoke with KOCO Eyewitness News and told them in one breath of how a week earlier Cade had rededicated his life to God, how close he was to his family, had a group of friends and a girlfriend and was laughing and singing on the way to school the morning of the shooting; then she tells of how he had always been slightly depressed, but felt that just seemed to be a part of who he was.” Mrs. Poulos went on to state, that she wants to think the shooting was an accident, but she really doesn’t believe it to be true.
Whatever the cause of Cade Poulos death, a young man’s life has been cut short at the tender age of 13. He was taken way too young, his family, friends and classmates will never be the same.
If you or someone you know are having thoughts of suicide call 1-800-273-TALK or
1-800-273-8255. Suicide is not the answer.