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Student Suicide Leaves Community To Pull Together

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There are still many unanswered questions in Coweta, after a student suicide.  It happened in the intermediate high school, leaving many to wonder where freshman, Triston Stephens got the gun.

Today, police nor Coweta Public School administrators released any new details regarding the self inflicted shooting that happened in a school bathroom. 

The focus has been on students helping them gather themselves and move on. The Coweta First Assembly of God Church has been part of that process by opening it's doors and going into the school today as well.

Some students were not in school, as families were shaken by this tragedy. But inside the school building, counselors from all over the state showed up to console students.

Youth minister Dustin Ullrich was there to help. His church opened it's doors to the youth following the tragedy, to pray and ponder their thoughts.

Now he says students are trying to figure out, how to move on after losing a classmate. He said he'd heard no talk of fear or school violence.

"There is just kind of a somber feeling of people still kind of processing it what is happening. It feels weird and strange, I've head students say a little weird, a little strange," he said.

Today the church is closed, but they plan to see more students when they open the doors again on Wednesday night.

Parents are concerned about the investigation. They wonder if the school shooting will mean additional security measures or metal detectors. However, Sheryl Renshaw says she wore blue, in memory of the victim and still feels a sense of security for her own high school son.

"You always think it is never going to happen you, your town, but I could still send him to school today and know that he was protected, you know," she said.

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