Man who committed suicide at Oberlin High was parent of a student

Man who committed suicide at Oberlin High was parent of a student
(Source: KPLC)
(Source: KPLC)

OBERLIN, LA (KPLC) - A man who committed suicide at Oberlin High School was the parent of a student, authorities said.

Stacey Beaubouef, 48, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Allen Parish Sheriff Doug Hebert said.

Beaubouef's body was found under the main awning in the front of the school Tuesday morning by a maintenance worker. Hebert told KPLC that Beaubouef left a note, but they are not revealing the note's content at this time.

"It was not a murder. It does not appear to be a homicide of any type. It was a suicide. He had some family troubles, some serious medical issues; he was going through a really tough time," said Hebert. "I hate that, you know, now so many of those kids and teachers are going to think of that as they enter the main entrance."

All Oberlin schools were closed Tuesday. Authorities don't know what prompted the suicide to happen on campus.

"That's a question that I have and I don't know if that will ever be answered," said Allen Parish School's Superintendent Michael Doucet. "The first thing we did was call off school so we could tend to the clean up and whatever we had to do."

Beaubouef's son is now in the custody of his uncle. School officials said he will be given home-schooling opportunities while he copes.

"We'll see how he's doing and how he's reacting to this tragedy before we make any other plans," said Doucet.

There will be four extra counselors at the school on standby to speak with students for at least the day following the incident.

"Adolescents are going to have strong emotional reactions, especially when it's connected to a peer," said school psychologist Scott Lejeune. "So students who feel that they need to talk with someone will have the opportunity to do that."

"It's a shame that we have to go through this, but we're going to try to help that student get through this tragedy as best we can," said Doucet.

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