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Posted on Wed, May 25, 2011 : 3:43 p.m.

Train strikes, kills Ann Arbor teen in Ohio

By Cindy Heflin

Huron High School had a crisis team in place today offering counseling to students and staff following the suicide in Ohio Tuesday of a 17-year-old Huron student and football player, Ann Arbor schools spokeswoman Liz Margolis said.

Principal Arthur Williams sent a message out informing the school community that Seth Harsch died after stepping in front of a train in northern Ohio, Margolis said.

Chief Deputy Roy Miller of the Fulton County Sheriff's Office said witnesses saw Harsch step onto the tracks in front of the eastbound Norfolk Southern train at 12:02 p.m.

Harsch's car was discovered parked nearby, Miller said.

The railroad crossing is near Delta, Ohio, west of Toledo.


Tim Jarratt

Fri, May 27, 2011 : 12:23 p.m.

Our family will miss Seth terribly, we just spent four days with him over spring break and had the best time. He was so smart and fun to be with. We always looked forward to hanging out with him. Rest in Peace guy.


Thu, May 26, 2011 : 5:32 p.m.

Seth was a great person. Hard working, well spoken and friendly. I will always miss him and grieve with his family and his friends.


Thu, May 26, 2011 : 3:57 p.m.

My name is Tiffany and I am the chair of the Ann Arbor &quot;Out of the Darkness&quot; Suicide Prevention Walk. I wanted to let the Huron community know that I am deeply sorry for your loss. I know that Huron will come together to get through this tough time &amp; the community will come together to support you. I would like to invite Huron staff/students &amp; anyone reading this to the walk this year. There will be many individuals there from different communities in our area who are going through the same thing (Milan, Dexter, Manchester). I think that the walk will help give everyone hope that things can and will get better. Here is some more info: Date: Sunday, September 18, 2011 Location: Gallup Park, Ann Arbor Time: Check-in begins at 11:00 a.m./walk at noon. A major goal of this event is to show support for the families &amp; friends of the 33,000 Americans who die by suicide each year and the 20 million people who suffer from depression. The walk is also designed to increase awareness about suicide and its causes. This is a free event so we encourage our walkers to invite family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to walk as well. Participants may register individually or can create a team. On-line registration available at <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>. Some students at Milan High have actually already created a team in memory of their friends who have been lost over the past few months; I hope that students at Huron will do the same in honor of Seth. Last year the Ann Arbor walk had 480 participants and raised over $33,000 for suicide prevention. Also, here are some resources that might be helpful during this tough time: Surviving a Suicide Loss: A Resource and Healing Guide - <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> Surviving a Suicide Loss: A Message to Survivors - <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns or would like more info. Again, I am deeply sorry for your loss. Tiffany


Thu, May 26, 2011 : 3:52 p.m.

so heart and prayers go out to his family and friends.


Thu, May 26, 2011 : 5:08 a.m.

My prayers go out to the family and friends of this young man.


Thu, May 26, 2011 : 12:37 a.m.

To Seth's family and friends, I am so very very sorry for your loss.

tom swift jr.

Wed, May 25, 2011 : 10:41 p.m.

Please close the comments on this thread.


Thu, May 26, 2011 : 2:08 a.m.

No - there are people who wish to pay their respects. Don't close them out just because of some jerk.

Susan Montgomery

Wed, May 25, 2011 : 8:37 p.m.

Message from Dr. Williams, Huron High School principal, received through the schoolmessenger system. &quot;We had sad news at our school today. We learned that one of our students, junior Seth Harsch, died yesterday by suicide after stepping in front of a train in northern Ohio. The district crisis team and additional district support staff helped teachers announce this news to the students and helped staff a room for students to go to if they needed additional time for talking or processing.... &quot; A very sad day indeed...


Wed, May 25, 2011 : 8:11 p.m.

This is a tragedy. Seth was a great kid.

Rod Johnson

Wed, May 25, 2011 : 8:20 p.m.

Oh no. My heart goes out to his parents and sister.