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Grosse Pointe North Student Dies After Being Accidentally Shot

A junior at Grosse Pointe North has died after an apparent accidental shooting, according to myfoxdetroit.com.

A Grosse Pointe North student has died after being accidentally shot at a Detroit home, according to a report on myfoxdetroit.com.

Fox 2 reports that the 16-year-old junior and Harper Woods resident was at a party early Sunday morning when a 19-year-old accidentally shot her while showing off a gun.

The 19-year-old also shot himself in the finger.

"I couldn't believe it because she (was) a good kid, (went) to school, she didn't get into (any) trouble, none of that, just hanging (around) with the wrong crowd," Ejuan Barnett, the 16-year-old’s father, told the television station.

Grosse Pointe North offered counseling services to students on Monday.

Diane Smith November 13, 2012 at 12:59 PM
1. I am praying for the family and friends of this fallen Norseman student 2. No Comment
Bradley Coopersmith November 13, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Very unfortunate. Hopefully this child's death will not be in vain. I don't know if there is anything that can be done but maybe the school can highlight its gun policy while acknowledging their classmates death.
lifelong November 13, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Harper Woods resident??? Nice job verifying that address GPPS!!
Pointer with a brain November 14, 2012 at 02:00 AM
"Highlight its gun policy". GPN has a policy that deals with losers partying with thugs and gun at 1am in Detroit?
JGL November 14, 2012 at 05:41 AM
Bradley Coopersmith, I'm pretty sure any high school's "gun policy" would be that they are prohibited. Not sure that needs to be reiterated considering this happened on a weekend, at a house, in Detroit. What else is new.
George R. McMullen Jr. November 14, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Diane well said all you can do is pray for all involved
Mark November 14, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Going out on a limb here and guessing Bradley read the headline and nothing more which led him to assume it happened at North. Unfortunately this is all too common with our society these days. Just lazy and unwilling to take the time to learn what is going on around them.
Bradley Coopersmith November 14, 2012 at 02:24 PM
All, I am thoroughly aware that there is no policy for partying with thugs and guns at 1 am in Detroit. I was trying to be sensitive to what happened and at the same time offer a word of caution because it is only a matter of time before something happens in GPN. Given the shifting socioeconomic demographic and its' attraction to bringing some of their "cultural traits" with them this will eventually be at our doorstep. Trust me, I don't want something to happen but when you read this, it indicates that it is only a matter of time. ***And for the record, all the people getting worked up by my comments: this applies to students of all races, economic backgrounds and ethnicities.***
Amy Krauss Roy November 14, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Lifelong, a large part of Harper Woods is in the Grosse Pointe School district. In fact, I'm told that the homes that sit directly across from Harper Woods High School are in the GPPSS. But that's another topic. Pointer with a brain, I'm not trying to take you on because I have a feeling I'd lose. But I find it unfortunate that you refer to the teenager who died as a loser. Maybe you never made a mistake as a teenager. I made lots of them but I was lucky enough not to die from any of them. While it seems like a no-brainer to us to avoid parties where there are guns present, there are many details about this tragic event that we don't know. Rather than judge, I'm going to keep the family in my thoughts and have a long talk with my own teenagers.
BIll Champion November 14, 2012 at 02:48 PM
You are aware, are you not, that portions of Harper Woods are in the GP Public School District?
Bradley Coopersmith November 14, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Mark, I would advise to not go out on any limbs. I read the entire article. this was a student at GPN. He was not at the school with a gun. I understand that. My comments are related to the potential of a gun or other weapon being brought to North.
Leah Panken November 14, 2012 at 03:34 PM
I agree with Amy. But for the grace of god many of us are still among the living after taking various risks at a young age and even as young adults. What a tragedy. If that gun hadn't been there, this girl would be alive.
mammasgirl November 14, 2012 at 06:11 PM
I'm trying to wrap my head around what "socioeconomic demographic and bringing "their" cultural traits" has to do with a child being killed. People of all demographics have and will continue to steal, kill, destroy, molest, sell drugs etc. Criminality crosses all groups whether you are well off or not. My prayers to the girls family and I hope they find that idiot with the gun asap.
ivan a November 15, 2012 at 04:21 AM
You keep believing that, mammasgirl
Aj November 15, 2012 at 07:53 AM
I concur. I don't think "otherness" needs to be part of the equation. I recall that a few years ago a group of unthinking Grosse Pointe kids started a fire that killed several horses. Others have killed themselves and/or their friends while driving irresponsibly. While we should certainly be concerned about kids and guns I don't think we should think of it as a need for protection from "them". Having lived on both sides of Mack I am grateful for the excellent opportunities that GP provides my child and will fight to keep them but I am just as concerned about bad elements influencing my child here as I was in Detroit. Having read the original story, the lesson appears to be one of parental vigilance (a parent was in the next room). This can be a very dangerous world for young people and they need us to watch over them and guide them more then we sometimes realize.
GP For Life November 15, 2012 at 01:49 PM
The fact you compare this incident to horses perishing in a fire just destroys any credibility you have. The fact of the mater is this threat is incremental to other, more traditional, threats faced by our children. This marginal increase is something I don't think you grasp. You can tell it how you want to hear it or you can tell it how it is. I deal in reality.
Mark November 15, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Do you really believe that there are equal amounts of murder, theft and drug use in Grosse Pointe versus Detroit? Both mammasgirl and Aj have lost all credibility. And Aj just as concerned! Now I will have to call you a liar too. I'm sure if your child was walking down French Rd and Warren as you would if they were walking down Kercheval and Notre Dame.
Mark November 15, 2012 at 03:08 PM
*you would be just as concerned
Rebecca Fannon, GPPSS Community Relations November 15, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Please think about this family that lives in our community before posting. They have suffered such a tremendous loss. Now is the time to wrap our arms around them and all the Norsemen affected by this tragic accident.
Kristina Kaiser November 15, 2012 at 06:51 PM
This is a pretty ignorant comment.
mommys baby January 03, 2013 at 11:33 PM
That was my daughter and im so offended my daughter grew up in sterling heights all her life we move to harperwoods 6 months ago thinking that it will be safe as were we come from she was with her cousin she took her to some friends of hers that my daughter didnt even no she seen the kid playn with the gun and ask to leave her cousin told her to wait so she started puttn on her coat to leave thats when she got hit by the gun it was 10pm so i didnt no those people or her i let her leave to go to the movies i wouldnt never ever let her go to detroit she never live in detroit but family members does,so no matter were she was and parents was there she should have been protected and able to be allowed to leave she didnt have to loose her life she was a beautiful little and very well liked she was a captain of her cheer team for several years my child was very far from a looser,and those children at the andy school didnt deserve that either we need to come together as a whole and protect our children and get these guns off the streets no my child wasnt raise in detroit but ther kids in detroit that needs to be protected it obviously we can run but we cant hide!!

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