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Folsom boy’s death ruled a suicide

Ronin Shimizu
Ronin Shimizu Folsom Cordova Unified School District

A 12-year-old Folsom boy found dead in his home Wednesday committed suicide, the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office reported today.

Seventh-grader Ronin Shimizu died shortly before 3 p.m. on Wednesday, the Coroner’s Office reported.

Folsom Police officials on Thursday had said Ronin’s death was “not suspicious” but declined to declare it suicide or an accidental death, leaving that determination to the coroner.

Ronin, who turned 12 in June, was enrolled at Folsom Cordova Community Charter School. Students there study independently at home and pursue the curriculum from the district. Teachers, parents and students meet every two weeks at Sutter Middle School.

Daniel Thigpen, spokesman for the Folsom Cordova Unified School District, said counseling is available to grieving students at Folsom Middle School, where Ronin attended when he was in the sixth grade. He said counseling also is available on request to students enrolled at Ronin’s Community Charter School.

Some students posting on the social media site Instagram on Thursday said Ronin had been bullied and said they saw that as a link to his death.

Thigpen said instances of bullying against Ronin had been reported in recent years. “I can tell you we looked into each one of them and investigated them fully and took appropriate action for each instance.”

Call The Bee’s Loretta Kalb, (916) 321-1073. Follow her on Twitter @LorettaSacBee.

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