California elementary student shoots self during Zoom class
A Woodbridge Elementary School student died Wednesday after shooting himself while on a distance learning Zoom call, the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office said.
Woodbridge Elementary School is a part of Lodi Unified School District, which started the 2020-21 school year on Aug. 3, 2020, with all students in distance learning classrooms.
Around 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, deputies responded to a home along the 300 block of Sterling Street in Woodbridge and found a boy with a head injury, Sandra Mendez, public information officer for the sheriff's office said.
The boy was a student in the sixth-grade. He was on a distance learning Zoom call when he tried to take his own life, but had his audio and video turned off. According to Mendez, the victim's sister was in another room, also in a Zoom classroom, but with her audio and video on when she heard a gunshot.
The sister went into the other room to find her brother had attempted suicide. The sister alerted her classroom to what had happened, then rushed to a neighbor who called 911.
The boy was rushed to a hospital, however, on Wednesday afternoon, the sheriff's office announced on Facebook the boy had died. Mendez said the gun was registered to an adult in the home.