Grief and crisis counselors have been sent to Hillview Middle School in Palmdale after a 13-year-old student apparently committed suicide in nearby Kern County.
Nigel Hardy shot himself in Rosamond on Monday evening in an apparent suicide after his father reported him despondent, missing and possibly armed with a handgun, officials said.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials said Nigel was despondent over an incident at his school that led to his suspension.
Westside Union School District Supt. Regina Rossall declined to discuss details of Nigel's suspension, citing student privacy laws.
“From everything I knew, he was working hard to be a successful student,” Rossall said.
Nigel's father reported him missing Monday morning and said his handgun was gone too. Hillview Middle School was placed on alert as a precaution.