LAND O'LAKES — Some Pine View Middle students stumbled onto an awful sight at their school bus stop Friday morning: the body of a 19-year-old man who had committed suicide.
"My son called and said, 'Mom, there's a dead man at the bus stop,' " said Rebecca Reyes, whose son Joshua, 13, was among the six or seven students who saw the dead man on a covered wooden bench, with a bullet wound in his head and a gun in his hand.
"I ran down there in my pajamas and by the time I got there, the bus was picking the kids up and driving away," Reyes said.
Another parent stopped the bus, but the driver told her he was taking the students to school. Once at school, the students were given counseling and some were picked up by worried parents.
"I think the driver should have pulled over and called 911," Reyes said. "But I have to give the school credit, they had crisis counselors there."
School officials said the bus driver alerted the bus garage by radio about the incident, and someone from the garage called 911.
Pine View Middle went into lockdown after the incident, which happened about 8:10 a.m. near the Chelsea Meadows apartments at 4453 Alpine Road.
Pasco deputies say the man shot himself at the covered bench, which is used by Pine View students waiting for the bus.
Deputies say the man, who has not yet been identified, had the word "temporary" written on the front of his neck in black magic marker, which was found next to him.
He had also written on the bench, something to the effect that his body was only temporary in this world.