7th-grader who shot himself in school restroom dies


MASSILLON, Ohio

A seventh-grader who died a day after shooting himself inside a middle-school restroom had fireworks and extra ammunition in his backpack, police said Wednesday.

Investigators were reviewing cellphones and other electronics found at the boy’s home, but it was too early to know whether the shooting was intentional or if the 13-year-old had other plans, said Jackson Township Police Chief Mark Brink.

“We can make assumptions,” he said. “I’m not willing to do that.”

The boy shot himself Tuesday just before classes began at Jackson Middle School, near Massillon, police said. No other students were injured.

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