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Written by San Fernando Valley Sun   
Thursday, 18 April 2013 05:58

PALMDALE (CNS) - A 13- year-old boy who went missing in Palmdale after he became despondent over being suspended from school for fighting has shot himself to death in Kern County, authorities said. Nigel Hardy was found in Kern County around 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 15, and taken to Antelope Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to Los Angeles County sheriff's officials.

Hardy was reported missing at 9:15 a.m. Monday from the 2300 block of West Avenue N- 8, Deputy Jodi Wolfe of the sheriff's Palmdale Station said in a statement. He was despondent over having been suspended from school and his father found an apparent suicide note in the teen's room, Wolfe said. The father's firearm was also found to be missing, but it was unknown if the boy took it, Wolfe said.

It was unclear precisely where Hardy was located, but Kern County sheriff's officials, who found the boy after being notified of an injured person determined he had committed suicide, said Sgt. Harry Drucker of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau. A coroner's official said he suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

News that Hardy was missing and might be armed prompted officials to place his school on lockdown Monday, according to the Antelope Valley Times, which published photos of deputies armed with long rifles escorting students from the Hillview Middle School campus. Hardy's note made no threat against the school or any individual and the "school was placed on a state of heightened awareness" as a precaution, Wolfe said.

The boy, a cheerleader at the school, was being bullied and last week got into a fight with another student, leading to Hardy's suspension, according to the Antelope Valley Times, which cited a radio report.