Kennewick High School loses student to suicide, principal says
KENNEWICK, Wash. - The Kennewick High School community is mourning a student who lost their life to suicide.
Principal Ron King released a statement Wednesday morning on the passing of a Kennewick High School student.
King said teachers informed students of the death during homeroom, Wednesday morning.
Kennewick police reported the cause of death as a suicide, according to King's statement.
King offered information from the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide for parents speaking with kids about the issue of suicide.
Members of the Crisis Response Team are available to meet with students at school this week. Concerned family members can also call the school office if their student is in need of additional assistance.
King says anyone with questions or concerns can call him or the school counselors.
The number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is (800) 273-8255.
saying one of the Kennewick High School students had passed away.
Dear Kennewick High School Community,
I am writing with great sadness to inform you 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 by their teacher in homeroom this morning.
The cause of death was reported by the Kennewick Police as suicide. Please refer to this link that provides information that may be helpful to you in discussing suicide with your child: http://www.sptsusa.org/p…/talking-to-your-kid-about-suicide/. I have also included a list of suicide warning signs below.
Members of our Crisis Response Team are available to meet with students this week at the school. Please contact the school office if you feel your child is in need of additional assistance.
Please do not hesitate to contact me or one of the school counselors with any questions or concerns.
Ron King, Principal
Suicide Warning Signs
These signs may mean someone is at risk for suicide. Risk is greater if behavior is new or has recently increased in frequency or intensity, and if it seems related to a painful event, loss or change.
- Talking about wanting to die or kill oneself
- Looking for ways to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
- Acting anxious or agitated, or behaving recklessly
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Withdrawing or feeling isolated
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- Displaying extreme mood swings
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline