According to authorities, an 11-year-old boy from California died Wednesday after shooting himself during a distance learning lesson on Zoom.
The child was found with a head wound in a house in Woodbridge shortly after 11 am. His camera and microphone were turned off at the time of the incident. According to the incident report, San Joaquin County Deputy Sheriffs arrived at the house after receiving several calls with reports of gunfire.
The boy later died in hospital from his injuries. His name was not disclosed; he was known to have attended the sixth grade of Woodbridge Elementary School. The report did not contain other details and did not indicate where the child took the gun. It is not reported if the incident was a suicide or an accident. According to the sheriff’s office, at the time of the tragedy the sister of the deceased was in the house: she was also studying in another room and, having found her brother’s body, rushed to the neighbors for help.
In a statement, the Lodi Unified School District suggested that students sign up for psychological counseling to better cope with what happened. “Our thoughts are with the family affected by this terrible tragedy,” Superintendent Katie Nichols-Washer said in a Facebook message.