Trevor Varinecz

Photo of a teenage boy with shaggy brown chin-length hair and glasses. He has fair skin. He is wearing a gray T-shirt, and has an interested expression on his face.Name: Trevor Varinecz
Died: October 16, 2009
Age at death: 16
Cause of death: Suicide by cop
Location: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA

Despite constant bullying from classmates, Trevor was making good grades as a high school junior. However, state budget cuts reduced Trevor’s access to one-on-one mentoring from three hours a day to only 45 minutes per week.

Trevor went to school and asked to see the school resource officer, a police officer who carried a gun. Then he attacked the police officer with an old WWII bayonet, stabbing him superficially seven times before the police officer drew the gun and shot him, initially in his arms and legs. Trevor kept stabbing the officer, saying, “Just shoot me,” until the officer finally shot him in the chest.

Dying, Trevor thanked the police officer. A note in his pocket led to a suicide note he had left on his computer, apologizing for his actions.

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