• June 17, 2024

TRAGIC: Middle School Student Body Sent Home After Another Student Found Dead On Campus…

A North Carolina middle school was dismissed early on Tuesday after an eighth-grade boy died on campus.

Wendell Middle School in Wake County outside Raleigh sent out a statement to parents announcing a 10:45 a.m. dismissal due to a “medical crisis.”

“This is an urgent message,” the statement said.

“Students are safe. We will be dismissing at 10:45 a.m. today, Sept. 6, due to a medical crisis on campus.”

Later in the afternoon, an update from the principal, Catherine Trudell, clarified that a boy had died on campus, but no cause for the death was given, the Herald Sun of Durham reported.

“It is an unexpected loss, and we are saddened by it,” Trudell wrote, WRAL-TV reported.

“As a parent or guardian, you have the opportunity to decide if this is information you want to share,” Trudell wrote, according to WECT.

However, the Herald Sun reported that multiple social media posts and a Facebook post from a Raleigh church whose pastors went to the campus reported that the student seemed to have died from an apparent suicide.

Due to federal privacy laws, however, Wake County school officials said that they would not be providing more details about the crisis without the consent of the deceased’s family.

Meanwhile, Trudell told school families that support resources, including the nonprofit group Transitions GriefCare, would be available on Wednesday for students.

“Transitions GriefCare offers a range of support services to help students explore, understand and express their grief. Their services are available to anyone in our community at no cost,” Trudell said, WECT reported.

The school’s death also occurred the same day that the Wake County school board had a presentation on suicide awareness, part of the broader look at the district’s mental health improvement plan, the Herald Sun reported.

Patriots Beacon