UPDATE: Student fatally shoots self in school bus loop near Orlando


A high school student in Central Florida who fatally shot himself Tuesday morning near the bus loop has been identified. 

Lake County Sheriff’s officials said the student who killed himself during a fire drill is 17-year-old student Seth Sutherland, according to the Daily Commercial.

Sheriff Lt. John Herrell told the Daily Commercial that Sutherland left a message for his parents and friends essentially telling them goodbye, as well as posting a note to Snapchat which read: “Rest in peace [expletive] all of you who contributed to this,” according to the Daily Commercial. 

This morning, Lake Minneola High School was placed on lockdown after the shooting, as well as other schools in the area, according to sheriff’s officials. 

Deputies retrieved the handgun and counselors were called in to help students at the school, which is about 30 miles west of Orlando. 
Several classmates told the Orlando Sentinel that Sutherland was a nice, friendly person. 

“He was a really nice kid. He was always nice to everybody. He was friends with everybody,” Trevor Schremmer, a 16-year-old junior, told the Orlando Sentinel. “He seemed fine. Everybody said he seemed fine.”

According to the Centers for Disease and Control, suicide rates for teens 15 to 19 years old increased 31 percent from 2007 to 2015. Boys are more likely to die than girls from suicide.

For tips on suicide prevention, visit the Suicide Prevention and Rescource Center.  

Read more at Daily Commercial or Orlando Sentinel.


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