An eighth grade student was killed in a “tragic firearm accident” Saturday afternoon, according to a statement from Concordia Public Schools.
Mason Berk was trapshooting “when an accidental firearm discharge resulted in Berk being struck in the abdomen,” the Cloud County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
The teenager died from those injuries at Cloud County Health Center in Concordia, the sheriff’s office said.
“Mason was every bit a teenage boy, he loved hunting, being outdoors, country music, woodworking, K-State, the Chiefs and Royals but especially farming with his Dad,” his obituary states. “He had a heart bigger than life itself and loved his family, friends and acting silly or goofy.”
Mason had turned 14 years old five days before he died, according to the online obituary with Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home.
“Our USD 333 Crisis Team is available throughout the week for student counseling,” Concordia Public Schools superintendent Quentin Breese said in a statement. “Your child may have unresolved feelings that he/she would like to discuss with you. You can help your child by listening carefully, not overreacting, accepting his/her feelings and answering questions according to your beliefs. ‘I don’t know’ is an answer too. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and community at this time.”
Contributing: Kaitlyn Alanis of The Eagle