A young boy from San Joaquin County after shooting himself in the head while attending a virtual class on video-conferencing platform Zoom. The camera and microphone of the pre-teen were off when the incident happened.

The victim was identified as Adan Llanos residing at the 300 block of Sterling Street in Woodbridge. He was only 11-years-old.

According to the Sacramento Bee, Adan’s sister found the body of his brother and sought help from neighbors and teachers to call the authorities at around 11:00 a.m. At that time, she was also attending her virtual class in another room. It remains unclear how the 11-year-old got hold of the gun.

“We are deeply saddened to share that a student from Woodbridge Elementary School passed away today as a result of a gunshot wound,” Cathy Nichols-Washer, the superintendent of the Lodi Unified School District, said in a statement.

Adan was rushed to the hospital for medical treatment with the parents by his side. He was pronounced dead a few hours later.

“Our thoughts are with the family and all those affected by this tragic event,” the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office announced on their Facebook page.

Following the incident, awareness on the mental health of students has been raised. Tasked to oversee the mental health services in the district is Paul Warren, CBS reported.

“Sometimes we go through things that are temporary emotional experiences and with the support of family and other trained people we can get through those things. It’s tragic. Everybody’s has been impacted by this,” Warren stated.

The Lodi Unified School revealed that Woodbridge Elementary School will have class Thursday as planned. Counselors will be on hand should students or faculty need that.

“I think it’s really time as a society that we start investing in wellbeing and mental health,” Renee Bond, a licensed clinical counselor who works directly with children said.

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