According to reports, Ian Sevostjanov was getting ready for school Thursday morning when his mother disciplined him for a “behavioral issue.”
After arguing with his mother, he was sent to his room where he used a gun to fatally shoot himself.
Ian was pronounced dead at the scene despite first responders doing “everything they could” to save him, said Clearwater Police Chief Dan Slaughter during a news conference Thursday morning.
Authorities were initially vague about what transpired in the apartment Ian shared with his parents and brother, but now say the boy’s death is being investigated as an apparent suicide.
Police are still investigating Ian’s death and determining how he got his hands on the family’s gun.
“We’re trying to definitely approach this taking care of all our responsibilities, while also being respectful that there’s an emotional trauma that’s occurred,” said Slaughter.
He went on to add that this should serve as a lesson to gun owners that they need to ensure firearms are not within easy reach of children.
“There are rules and restrictions on making sure you keep a gun in a safe manner that’s not accessible to a child, and I think that’s just the responsible thing to do as a gun owner,” Slaughter stated. “I’m not here to debate the Second Amendment or anything, but with certain rights in the Constitution come great, great responsibility. And if a person owns a firearm, there is a responsibility to keep it in a safe location.”
Neighbors say Ian seemed happy and was often seen playing with other children in the neighborhood.
“He’s very intelligent, smart, cordial and just a happy kid,” Lesley Sarchione offered. “He played with all the other kids. They used to play soccer right in front of my apartment every night. I can’t imagine how it’s going to be for the other kids when they find out.”
This child suicide comes days after 12-year-old Katelyn Davis live-streamed her suicide by hanging. Eventually, people will start taking this a bit more seriously, especially since – as of 2014 -suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10-24.Tags: child suicide, Crime, Florida, Ian Sevostjanov, Juvenile, Suicide