I am so sorry to tell you all that one of our students has died. Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends.
All of the students were given the news of the death this morning.
The cause of death was suicide. Suicide is a very complicated act. Although we may never know why he ended his life, we do know that suicide has multiple causes. In many cases, a mental health condition is part of it. But these conditions are treatable. It’s really important if you or your child are not feeling well in any way to reach out for help. Suicide should not be an option. I am including some information that may be helpful to you in discussing suicide with your child.
Members of our Crisis Response Team are available to meet with students individually and in groups today as well as over the coming days and weeks. Please contact the school office if you feel your child is in need of additional assistance. Note that children who are already vulnerable may be at greater risk due to exposure to the suicide of a peer. If you or your child needs help right away, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), call 911, or take your child to the nearest crisis center or emergency department.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me or one of the school mental health professionals. We can be reached by calling 931-433-3158.
Following is a list of nationally-recognized resources for suicide information: