11-year-old's death ruled suicide

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Investigators say a child shot and killed himself before he was found early Monday.

It happened at a home in Jackson County on McCammon Ridge Road, outside McKee.

The boy was 11 years old and attended McKee Elementary School.

Kentucky State Police have ruled the incident a suicide.

Grief counselors are on hand at the elementary school today. School leaders say they are doing the best they can to be there for the boy's family and his classmates.

The boy's name hasn't been released.

Our newsroom usually doesn't report on suicides, but this victim is so young, his death is raising new concerns.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Kentuckians between ages 15 and 24.

But instances of suicide in those even younger are on the rise.

Michael McFarland, from the Kentucky Suicide Prevention Group, says they've seen a 51 percent increase in suicides among those between ages 10 and 14.

He says many of those suicides are caused by undiagnosed mental illness. When coupled with other factors, experts say it can be overwhelming for children.

McFarland says parents should watch for warning signs, such as isolation, or a sudden drop in grades.

There are about seven Survivors Of Suicide groups across the state, and training is currently underway to start more.

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