Dexter school district assisting students following apparent suicide of eighth-grader
The Dexter school district has activated its crisis response team after an eighth-grader who attended Mill Creek Middle School committed suicide Sunday, officials said.
School officials are available to assist students and staff in expressing their grief and educating them on suicide prevention, Principal Jami Bronson said in an e-mail to parents.
No further information was released on the circumstances of the student’s death.
Interim Superintendent Mary Marshall said Monday was a tough day in the district, and the most important thing was having staff informed of the situation to properly care for students' needs.
"Our grief is great, and our hearts and support go out to the family," she said in a statement. "Our crisis team has been assembled to support our students, staff, and to do whatever we can to both support the family and respect their privacy during this very difficult time."
School officials issued a statement to students at the school Monday, emphasizing the need to come together in a time of tragedy. The statement also encouraged students to speak with support staff if they feel the need.
The crisis response team consists of all building principals and administrators, nurses, counselors, the district psychologist and liaison officers, along with any other officials who are needed, Marshall said. The district is constantly re-evaluating the level of support needed for students, she said.
"We certainly had people there using the teams today," she said. "It evolves as the day goes on and we respond as necessary."
Kyle Feldscher covers K-12 education for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.