Student dies of self-inflicted wound at George Washington Middle School

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By Bob Skolnik

Contributing Reporter

A seventh-grade boy who shot himself in a bathroom at George Washington Middle School in Lyons early Wednesday afternoon has died.

Lyons District 103 school board President Marge Hubacek confirmed late Wednesday afternoon that the student has died.

Before the student passed away District 103 sent a message about the incident to parents.

"It is with a heavy heart to inform the community that a George Washington Middle School student suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound at school," the message said. "The Police, Fire & Emergency Services responded immediately upon being notified and the student was taken to the hospital where he is being treated.  School ended at its regular time and the district has assembled a crisis team to assist with students and facility during this crisis.  Please note that we were informed by the police not to divulge any specific details until further notice.  We just received notice and are immediately informing the community." 

Hubacek said that Patrick Patt, who resigned as co-interim superintendent effective Monday, came back to the district Wednesday to help deal with the situation. Official notice to parents of the student's death will be sent out soon Hubacek said. 

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A student at George Washington Middle School shot himself in a school bathroom Wednesday afternoon suffering serious injuries. 

According to a staff member at GWMS who asked not to be identified because of the sensitively of the situation the boy who shot himself was a seventh-grader. He apparently shot himself in a first-floor bathroom. The school is located at 8101 Ogden Ave., Lyons.

Lyons District 103 officials sent a message about the incident to parents Wednesday afternoon.

"It is with a heavy heart to inform the community that a George Washington Middle School student suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound at school," the message said. "The Police, Fire & Emergency Services responded immediately upon being notified and the student was taken to the hospital where he is being treated.  School ended at its regular time and the district has assembled a crisis team to assist with students and facility during this crisis.  Please note that we were informed by the police not to divulge any specific details until further notice.  We just received notice and are immediately informing the community.  The Lyons School District 103 Family sends its sincerest wishes for recovery."

According to a staff member the student was taken to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood.

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Veronica Duran from Berwyn   

Posted: April 23rd, 2019 10:48 PM

I am so truly heartbroken for this family. My heart full of prayers go out to the family. My son is on the same baseball team , we were just getting to know the kids because we just started the season. I just can't imagine why ? Who ? What? Where? Could of caused this young man to feel unwanted , it angers me to think that if the cause of the incident was due to Bullying , Something has to be done because someone at that school seen something, students and teachers need to never ignore bullying if this was the case in which I think it is because why would this boy do this at the school!!!!!!!!

Jean Lotus from Fort Collins, CO  

Posted: April 17th, 2019 6:19 PM

Condolences to the family of this child and his teachers, fellow classmates and the whole D103 community.

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